This very rare instrument was constructed sometime in the 1960s by the legendary French luthier Jacques Favino. Built using old Selmer stock, this unique model combines elements of the traditional Selmer design with Favino's own innovations. The Brazilian rosewood neck, which has the Selmer logo on the headstock, and the HSC tailpiece were constructed in the Selmer workshop. The Indian rosewood back and sides, binding, and perhaps even the spruce top may have also been sourced from leftover Selmer parts. A set of brass SB tuners is also included. The large 16 1/2" body and steep neck angle are characteristic of Favino's standard Modele #10 design.
This guitar was commissioned by Paul Beuscher, a prominent Parisian music retailer who purchased Selmer's leftover stock after their guitar production had ceased. Jacques Favino claimed to have made about ten guitars for Beuscher using Selmer stock, but this is the only one I've ever come across. While the headstock bears the Selmer logo, the internal label is that of Paul Beuscher.
This instrument was at one time owned by the mandolin legend David Grisman. He had British guitarist Martin Taylor play this very guitar on his popular Tone Poem's
The condition of this instrument is excellent. There are some small dings, finish checking, and scratches on the body of the guitar. There is also a spot on the back of the neck were some of the finish has been rubbed off and some mild fretwear. Otherwise, this instrument is very clean with no major issues. It has been professionally setup and plays easily with low 2.8mm action.
This guitar has a sound that is as unique and exciting as it looks. It produces a big, bold tone with the sort of clarity and smoothness that one only finds in finely aged instruments such as this. The high end response is particularly musical, with just the right balance of cutting power and roundness. Chords sound absolutely huge, with a prominent bass response that is well defined and clear without being overly muddy or dark.
Here's a rare opportunity to own an amazing piece of Gypsy jazz history! This rare combination of Selmer and Favino designs sounds incredible, looks stunning, and is likely the only surviving example of it's kind. Just one, call now!
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