2014 Jean Barault 2014 Jean Barault Barault Own the guitar used by greats such as Stochelo, Bireli, Tchavolo, and Dorado! Arts & Entertainment jean-barault-2014 Selmer 5.0 1
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I had the opportunity to play this guitar and I can say that the sound and feel are really about as close as possible to an original Selmer. 'Sound' is hard to describe, but it seemed to me to have a very clear, crisp sound...very even all over, with that 'something' that great guitars have. It's a bright, very focused, and assertive sound. The fret work is beautiful, with particularly nicely rounded ends slightly set in from the edge of the fingerboard. The neck is very much a Selmer or Busato ...
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2014 Jean Barault

2014 Jean Barault

This beautiful guitar was built by the renowned French luthier Jean Barault. Biréli Lagrène, Tchavolo Schmitt, Dorado Schmitt, and Stochelo Rosenberg currently play and endorse Barault guitars. With an All-Star list of endorsements, there's no doubt Barault is building the sort of guitar that meets the criteria of the world's most discerning players.

This guitar includes:

  • Gorgeous laminate Brazilian rosewood back and sides
  • A real pliage (the top is heat bent just like the older Selmers!)
  • European spruce top
  • 670mm scale
  • 14 fret neck
  • Walnut neck
  • Body specs (15 13/16" body, 3 13/16" deep)
  • Lacquered interior (just like the vintage Selmers)
  • Barault tailpiece

The sound of this instrument is among the best Selmer copies being made today. It's no wonder Biréli and Stochelo chose to endorse Barault guitars as his instruments produce a very traditional Selmer sound but have the playability of an ultra smooth archtop.

Barault's specialty is building instruments which sound very close to the early, pre-war Selmers like Django's Selmer #503. The tops were somewhat flatter on these guitars and the result is a warmer tone with a rich bass and a lush, satisfying midrange. This instrument possess those qualities in abundance, making it the perfect instrument for someone trying to emulate Django's classic tone. Furthermore, it produces this full bodied sound without sacrificing projection, which is so often the tradeoff with lesser guitars.

Barault is one of the very few luthiers today actually making Selmer copies with a real pliage. He uses the method that Selmer did...the top is bent with a hot iron which creates a fold, or "pliage," in the top just under the bridge. 99% of Selmer copies being made today have forced tops which generally don't have the punch, volume, and quick attack that the pliage tops have.

Barault certainly wins the award for weight...this guitar is feather weight at only 3.8 pounds! Hard to find anyone making guitars that lightweight today. The lower weight allows the guitar to resonate freely....no wonder it sounds so good!


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2014 Jean Barault

I had the opportunity to play this guitar and I can say that the sound and feel are really about as close as possible to an original Selmer. 'Sound' is hard to describe, but it seemed to me to have a very clear, crisp sound...very even all over, with that 'something' that great guitars have. It's a bright, very focused, and assertive sound. The fret work is beautiful, with particularly nicely rounded ends slightly set in from the edge of the fingerboard. The neck is very much a Selmer or Busato - a D shape that's easy to grasp. The craft of the guitar is great, with not too much attention to refinement...rather, the attention is to sound and playability. All in all it's really a fine instrument...truly impressive.

Submitted by: Neil Andersson on 02/05/2015 10:41:19 PM

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