Bob has made a name for himself over the last few years as an aficionado of the Franco-Italian guitar designs of Selmer, Maccaferri, Busato, Favino, etc. He spent years studying vintage Selmer style guitars including nearly every Selmer, Favino, and Busato that has come through our shop. He has taken on the challenge of making new guitars that have the elusive and ineffable qualities heard in the very best vintage Selmer type guitars. Few will doubt he has been incredibly successful in his quest, as his guitars are now in the hands of many of today's leading players: Rocky Gresset, Stephane Wrembel, Mathieu Chatelain, Neil Andersson, Alfonso Ponticelli, etc. Bob has essentially been a "luthier for the stars" these past few years...but now you can take home one of these gems yourself!
This is Bob's Modele Nouveau which is played by Alfonso Ponticelli and Mathieu Chatelain.
The body is standard Selmer size (15 3/4") and the scale is 670mm.
This guitar is impossibly light at 3.9lbs! Most Duponts are around 4lbs, Dell Artes around 4.5 lbs.The top is made from aged cedar, back and sides are highly figured Honduran rosewood. The neck is made of walnut and features a Busato style rosewood spline. There is no truss rod, but the neck is reinforced with carbon strips which will keep it eternally straight. The fingerboard is made of rosewood.
Bob's first passion was Busato's guitars, but over the years he has been studying and refining the Selmer design. This instrument shows just how far he has come in understanding what makes a Selmer Maccaferri tick. A good Selmer requires a precise balance between the low end and mids that so few contemporary luthiers can achieve. So often it's too much of one or the other, which leaves the guitar sounding muddy, flat, and lifeless. This model Nouveau has just enough low end to give chords some depth while the abundant midrange thickens your lead lines. This excellent tonal foundation is topped off with some crispy highs that add just enough sizzle. Loud and open in tone, this guitar will easily fill any room with it's balanced, confident voice.
It should be mentioned that while this guitar is very Selmer like in tone, it is by no means a strict copy. Bob does build bench copies from time to time, but generally only does this for his own enlightenment. When constructing his retail models he prefers to use his expansive knowledge of both vintage and contemporary luthiery to make something that is ideal for today's professional player.
All in all, a fabulous guitar for a price far below what most luthiers charge for fine work like this.
This is the CASH price...add 3% (4% for International orders) if you'd like to pay with a credit card
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 3/4"|
|Back and Sides||Honduran Rosewood|
|Neck||Walnut with Rosewood Spline|
|Tuners||Schaller Gold (Closed)|
|Case||Superior Deluxe Black|
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.