This is Maurice Dupont's top of the line Selmer copy. No detail is overlooked with both the materials and workmanship being of the highest caliber. The track record of this instrument speaks for itself, as so many of today's top players use the Vieille Reserve model, of which this Hot Club model is a variation. Bireli Lagrene recorded the first two Gypsy Project CDs with this model. Patrick Saussois, of Alma Sinti fame, Stephane Wrembel (on the soundtrack for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris), and Romane also play Dupont VRBs.
This guitar includes:
-A 40 year old aged Spruce top
-Highly Figured aged Madagascar Rosewood back and sides.
-Deluxe, closed DM tuners
-The top has a real pliage (i.e. the wood was bent over a hot iron like the old Selmers. Almost all other Selmer copies have forced tops which aren't as punchy).
The sound and playability of this instrument are the best I've ever seen for a new guitar. The only thing better is an actual vintage Selmer or Busato in good condition which is nearly impossible to find and would cost twice as much. The Dupont Hot Club model is a guitar that plays and feels like a new guitar, but has the clarity, punch, and tone of an old seasoned instrument. I know of no other luthier that builds a guitar with these qualities.
This guitar is best for those who like the Selmer sound. Each note is rounded and bell like with a smoky complexity only found in the best of instruments. This guitar also cuts like a knife and requires very little force to do so. Players with a light touch will be surprised at the volume this guitar can generate. All in all, this is the most traditional Gypsy sound you can get in a new guitar. If you like a more modern Gypsy tone then you should consider a Hahl or a JP Favino. Chord punches, tremolos, and other comping techniques sound great on this guitar because they cut so well.
This guitar is setup perfectly with easy playing 2.8mm action and 11 gauge strings.There are no buzzes and every note is clear as a bell. If you like to play fast, this guitar is for you. It is among the easiest playing Gypsy guitars in the shop.
All in all, this instrument combines the best of the old with the best of the new. No wonder so many pros play this exquisite model, it's every Gypsy guitarists dream!
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|Model Number||Hot Club|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 7/8"|
|Top||European Spruce (Aged 40 Years)|
|Back and Sides||Madagascar Rosewood|
|Tuners||DM Enclosed Tuners Gold|
|Case||Dupont TKL Tolex|
The original "Wegen" Gypsy Guitar pick. 3.5mm thick, 30mm long, 26mm wide.
The original Gypsy jazz strings! Used by Django Reinhard and nearly every other Gypsy guitarist.
Vintage Django tone for Selmer/Maccaferri oval hole guitars.