This is it! The highly coveted and nearly impossible to find Enrico Macias model Favino!! Serial #96, built in 1968.
The Enrico Macias model was named for the famous Algerian/French singer who gained stardom via a unique style that mixes Algerian al Andalous, Flamenco, and 70's era pop.
This model features maple back and sides, and a shorter 670mm Selmer scale length (most Favinos have a 675mm scale).
This is the earliest Macias model I've seen. Unlike the later models
(which have block MOP fingerboard inlays), this one has standard MOP dot
markers. Looks similar to the Maple Favino Bireli Lagrene played in his
A number of famous Gypsy guitarists have played maple Favinos over the years. Bireli Largene played one in his teens and used it recently on the CD It's Alright with Me . Sounds amazing! Moreno and Mondine Garcia have also used maple bodied Macias style Favinos throughout their careers.
As mentioned earlier, the Macias features maple back and sides. The guitar has a three piece maple neck and snazzy ivoroid binding. It has the original SB tuners and nickel tailpiece.
This instrument is in very good condition. It plays easily with slinky 2.8mm action. The frets have some mild wear and the tailpiece has a fair amount of corrosion. There are two small cracks in-between the soundhole and the fingerboard, which is pretty typical for Selmer type guitars of this age. There is a small cleat underneath the treble side crack. There also appears to be another cleat underneath the cutaway area of the top, although there is no visible crack there. The guitar once had a bigtone and the endpin jack is still there, although the bigtone is gone. A small hole was plugged in the side of the cutaway. There is a small screw hole on the bottom of the heel for a strap button which is no longer there.
The tone of this instrument is simply glorious! It has the character and refinement that only age can produce along with the bark that Favino is famous for. More balanced than a typical Favino, this Macias model has the midrange fullness one would expect yet it's not overly dark or nasal. Single notes are snappy and crisp, with a lot of body while chords are wonderfully complex yet clear. Just one note immediately evokes late nite Gypsy jams around the campfire or the smoke filled cafes of Paris. There's no doubt, they don't build them like this anymore!
This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit card
|Model Number||Enrico Macias|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Back and Sides||Maple|
|Neck||Flamed European Maple|
|Tuners||SB Nickel Plated|
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