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.
Dupont's Gypsy models are built entirely in Cognac, France by master
luthiers Patrick (who joined the Dupont team in 1994) and Mathias (since
2002) under the supervision of Maurice Dupont. The collective
experience.of the Dupont team along with Maurice's stock of well aged,
select tonewoods yields instruments of unsurpassed tone and playability.
This rare and beautiful MD-50B is a deluxe version of the tried and true workhorse of Gypsy jazz, the MD-50. Upgrades include gorgeous, highly figured Brazilian rosewood and European maple binding. The top is European spruce top and the neck is walnut.
|Serial Number||Juin 2019|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 7/8"|
|Back and Sides||Brazilian Rosewood (Laminate)|
|Tuners||Schaller 3 on a plate Gold|
|Case||Dupont (TKL) Faux Leather|
Pros: Tone, Playability, Volume, Projection, Looks
Michael was excellent to work with - incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and very trustworthy. A straight shooter, he guided me through the process of a much needed upgrade from an Asian made instrument to a hand built European beauty. And I am totally satisfied with the results. The MD50B is voiced such that the leads have that aggressive pop yet maintain an incredibly sweet and full tone. That said, the notes are dry - in the Dupont style - therefore they are succinct and can rise above a medium large ensemble (2 guitars, upright bass, accordion, violin, clarinet). The MD50B is also excellent for chording - both solo playing and la pomp ensemble playing. It may not be quite as thick and rich with chords as the MC50B but it certainly satisfies the rhythmic needs of playing in a traditional gypsy jazz style ensemble. The tone of both the highs and the lows is really wonderful for my tastes. Of the non Asian models in my life I have only played a few Favinos and a few Duponts - presently I prefer the Dupont sound but my experience is limited. I have played nearly all of the Asian models from Saga and Altamira, a few Del Arte, and some others...Michael is correct when he says that playing a guitar of the caliber of a Dupont is hands down a better experience. The timbre in my opinion really is that of what my best guess would be of Django's instrument in a live setting. It just has that sound. And from a craftsmanship perspective - forget about it. The thing is just mouth watering to look at. If you appreciate details you won't be disappointed. If I were a super hot shot lead player who was so good that I didn't have to play much pompe I might go for the Dupont Busato - which is an amazing instrument that is voice to be wonderfully explosive, loud, and clear. Alas, I am a mere mortal with an average right hand. At the end of the day it seems, in my limited experience, that you can't go wrong with a high end Dupont, despite what others might propagate. And if you buy one you are also supporting the art, science, and craft of high quality luthiery that is passed down from builder to the next - and it really makes a huge difference. It is worth the cost to support the work they do by paying them accordingly. As well as with a knowledgeable and reputable dealer such as Michael.
Submitted by: Scott Feichter on 12/04/2018 12:16:50 PM
I am currently the caretaker and student of a 2014 Dupont MD-50B - not the exact guitar pictured here, but the same model and materials. It's an astonishing guitar, a great guitar in its own right. Feather-light, absolutely clear and resonant as though it somehow drew breath. The beautiful hardware on this model is a fine feature, too. I still catch myself staring a bit at the beautiful tuners ...! Mr. Horowitz was kind enough to help me work through many great guitars - and we worked hard! - but the MD-50B suited my ear the best. And I think it is perhaps the most responsive guitar of its kind I have yet encountered. Sound bursts forth at the slightest touch - it seems to tremble when I just pick it up. I think what I was looking for was a guitar that would drive me forward - and I had firm ideas about what I thought I had to have, and believe me, Dupont was not a maker I had in mind at all! And yet, this is the guitar that insisted. Having had it a little while now, I can come back and say that I have never had, not in more years than I am going to admit to a stranger, a guitar that inspired me to practice in quite the way that this one has. If I play poorly, it sounds poorly, and yet within that poor sound is always a hint of its potential, goading and teasing me to do better. With just a little improvement on my part, it seems to say, "There you are!" and begins to absolutely sing. It is an excellent teacher! Sometimes, an exhausting teacher. With respect to exhaustion ... I cannot thank Mr. Horowitz enough for making this fine instrument available to me - one among many excellent guitars - and for all his patient and tireless help, respectful manner and thorough assistance in my search for just the right instrument. ... in fact, having visited and having taken a pretty good look, I think one could almost choose at random from among the selections that Djangobooks makes available, and be certain to have a very good guitar. How wonderful to have so many fine choices! Good luck with your own search!
Submitted by: Appe.l on 03/19/2015 11:59:18 PM
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.