Maurice Dupont has long been one of the most respected luthiers in
France and one of the first contemporary makers to specialize in
producing the Selmer Maccaferri guitar. Maurice first gained recognition
as a builder of classical guitars and in 1989 was bestowed with the
honor of "Best French Craftsman." Maurice was an apprentice of the
legendary Gypsy guitar maker Jacques Favino, and in 1986 he began
building his own Selmer style guitars which quickly became the most
popular choice of professional Gypsy guitarists. Countless Gypsy stars
including Raphael Fays, Biréli Lagrène, Tchavolo Schmitt, and Romane
have played Dupont guitars which appear on hundreds of recordings.
wonderful guitar was built in Dupont's early days when he was
just making a name for himself, building each guitar himself. These
older models have gained a reputation as being from Dupont's "Golden
Period" and have become highly coveted among those looking for the
ultimate Dupont. This MD20 model features SOLID birdseye maple back and sides.
Very few of these have been made and are easily one of Dupont's rarest
models. A new one would cost $5750 new, so this guitar is a bargain.
It should be mentioned that this instrument was made
specifically for a friend of Maurice's who is a respected violin maker.
Maurice's friend provided the 100 year old birdseye maple from his own
stock of select woods. So this is a one-of-a-kind MD20 as this wood is
of a higher grade than normally found on this model.
guitars are generally known for their highend sparkle, dry tone, and
cutting power. This MD20 posses those qualities in abundance and is
easily among one of the best Dupont's I've come across over the years.
The highend really sings, producing lead lines that are clear, crisp,
and defined. It actually has a bit more openness and complexity than one
normally finds in Duponts, probably due to the exquisite tonal
properties of the AAA birdseye maple back and sides. This instrument is
also exceptionally loud and resonant which will insure it doesn't get
lost in noisy jam situations.
Like all the MD series guitars, this guitar has standard Selmer specs: 15 3/4" body, 670mm scale, 1 3/4" nut.
over a decade old, this instrument is in perfect mint condition! Other
than some natural darkening of the finish, it is indiscernible from a
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