Here is a rare example of an early Jacques Favino guitar from the
1960s! Despite it's unconventional looks, it is a very, very serious
instrument with all the bark, volume, and tone you'd expect from the
best vintage Favinos, Busatos, Selmers, etc.
Jacques was building two models during this period: the modèle 1A and
the fancier modèle 1B. Like the famous Enrico Macias model, this Favino
1B features block MOP fret markers, laminated Maple back and sides, and
a spruce top. The fingerboard and headstock are bound and there is a
typical Favino three piece maple neck. The frets are like new and the
guitar was also refitted with a DR tailpiece and tuners.
The overall proportions are significantly smaller then typical Favinos.
The body is a comfortable 15 1/2" wide, 3 3/4" deep, and the scale
length is 635mm.
The top has a beautiful bombe (top arch) which gives the guitar a
really explosive tone. The back is also beautifully arched, more so
then on most Favinos. It actually looks more like a Busato back which
are known for their extreme back arch.
The guitar is strung with 11 gauge Argentine strings and has relatively
low action. Very, very easy to play. Tonally the guitar is quite
exceptional and compares well with other top rated vintage Gypsy
guitars. It's overall tonal characteristic is very bright with a
gorgeous singing high end. This guitar will cut through anything and
could be described as the ultimate campfire guitar. The small body
definitely attenuates the low end focusing more energy into the high
frequencies. Interestingly, this guitar doesn't have the typical nasal,
midrangey quality of the bigger Favinos. It's actually a bit more like
a Busato (but with less low end.): clear, bright, and bell like. This
may be partially explained by the shallower neck angle this guitar
has...it's neck angle is more like a Selmer then a Favino.
The top seems to be entirely crack free and appears to have been
oversprayed at some point. There are a few places that have very small
cracks on the lower treble bout and the upper bass bout. These don't
seem serious and don't appear very deep. There is also a place close to
the tailpiece were there is some separation of the binding. At some
point there was a strap peg in the heel but it was removed with only
the hole remaining.
This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit
card. 4% for International orders.