Over the past several decades Leo Eimers has been one of the prominent builders
of Selmer Maccaferri guitars in the Netherlands. Based in Almere, just
outside of Amsterdam, Eimers builds his instruments entirely himself
by hand. He is particularly well respected as a student of "Golden
Age" luthiers such as Maccaferri, Selmer, Busato, and Favino. He uses
his knowledge of these luthiers to build some of the most authentic
and well constructed Selmer copies available. His instruments have been
used by many professionals over the years, most notably Stochelo and
Nous'che Rosenberg of the Rosenberg Trio, Robin Nolan, Boulou Ferre,
and Wawau Adler.
This one of a kind model is a bench copy of a short scale, 12 fret transitional model Selmer (see: 1934 Selmer Petite Bouche Transitional Model.) In the mid 1930s, Selmer was transitioning from the original D hole design created by Mario Maccaferri to an oval hole model that would better meet the needs of professional guitarists. This model features the unique configuration of an oval soundhole with a short scale, 12 fret neck. A similar model was made most famous by Django in the legendary J'Attendrai video.
This instrument features a spruce top, highly figured
Brazilian rosewood back and sides, and a walnut neck with a Selmer style grafted headstock. Hardware includes a set of Eimers Selmer replica closed tuners and a brass tailpiece.
Weighing in at only 3.7 lbs, this
guitar is exceptionally light weight and resonant, evoking the sound
and feel of the great vintage Selmers of yesteryear. Like a good
vintage instrument, this guitar has exceptional clarity of tone, with a
warm, balanced character. The tone of this instrument is noteworthy for its depth and body that is beautifully paired with a snappy, punchy high end. It's massive chordal sound makes it a wonderful rhythm guitar, yet it still has more single note projection than most long scale models. I've always noticed that 12 fret guitars are noticeably more resonant, and this guitar is a perfect example of that phenomenon. You'd be hard pressed to find a 14 fret model that can match the tone and projection of this 12 fret model.
This instrument is in mint condition and is set up with easy playing 2.8mm action. It's also worth noting the short scale length makes long stretches much easier and generally lowers the overall string tension for greater playability.
This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit card. 4% for International orders.
|Fret Neck||12 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 13/16"|
|Body Depth||3 7/8"|
|Back and Sides||Brazilian Rosewood|
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.