1976 Jacques Favino 14 Fret Oval Hole Guitar with Bigtone Pickup (Modele #10 - Serial #518) TKL Hard
This is it!! The classic Jacques Favino sound that is so loved by Gypsy
jazz musicians world wide. This guitar has all the Favino
characteristics: A prominent upper mid range which gives a "nasal"
sound. Deeper bass notes then a Selmer and a "grinding" lower
mid-range, and that famous Favino bark. Best of all, this guitar has
the qualities that only age can bring: a sparkley, shimmering high end
and a "tight", defined low end. The guitar has the "crisp" sound you
only hear with aged instruments. Like most older Favinos, it's a bit
wet sounding but each note has a very strong fundamental with no
strange overtones or sympathetic ringing. A new Favino copy like a Dell
Arte Hommage will sound similar, but because they're new they sound
muddier, murkier, and duller and also have a lot of overtone ringing.
The vintage Favino is much clearer...and has just loads of mojo and
If you like the classic Favino sound on the early Boulou Ferre
recordings like Gypsy
, Bireli's early recordings (Swing
, or Han'sche Weiss/Lulu Reinhardt (Lulu
) then this is the guitar for you!
This guitar currently has very low action around 2mm. It plays very
easily and is not buzzy. I shimmed the bridge up to around 2.5mm and it
got somewhat louder and had more bark. Both setups work well and it's
just a matter of personal preference.
The guitar has a bigtone installed which has been tested and sounds
The guitar has some battle scars. Most notably a hole in the top which
was repaired. Also, there's small spot on the side which slightly caved
in. There's also a little pit in the fretboard on the 1st fret which
has no effect on playability or sound. It also has various small dings
and places were the finish has worn off. All in all, in pretty good
shape for a guitar of it's age and everything seems to be stable.
This guitar has the original Salavtore Billardi tuners (although one is
a BB [Bartolomeo Busato] tuner??!!) and SB tailpiece which are very
collectible now. Two of the tuner buttons were replaced with replicas,
but the rest are original.
The woods are Indian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, and a three
piece maple neck.
Jacques Favinos are becoming increasingly rare these days....it seems
that Busatos are even easier to find to then Jacques Favinos.
There is a strap peg mounted in the heel.
This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit
card. 4% for International orders.