1940s Joseph Di Mauro Heart Hole 1940s Joseph Di Mauro Heart Hole Di Mauro The rare heart hole model from the elder Joseph Di Mauro. Renowned for its exquisite tone and thunderous projection! Arts & Entertainment joseph-di-mauro-heart-hole Heart Hole 5.0 1
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Michael is very nice to deal with, guitar is great and delivery was on schedule.Very happy with my purchase.
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1940s Joseph Di Mauro Heart Hole

1940s Joseph Di Mauro Heart Hole

The elder Joseph Di Mauro was part of the mass emigration of master Sicilian luthiers (Busato, Oliveri Anastasio, etc) who left Catania in the early 20th century. In the 1930s Di Mauro and his countrymen setup a series of shops on the East side of Paris and quickly adapted their skills to making jazz guitars in the Selmer Maccaferri style. Di Mauro was certainly one of the most successful and long lasting of these Franco-Sicilian luthiers as his guitars were widely adopted by players of many styles. Notable players include Moreno, Boulou Ferre, Patrick Saussois, Samy Daussat, Jean-Yves Dubanton, and even Pat Metheny! Di Mauro guitars were produced continuously until the early 90s, first by Antoine and then later by his son Joseph.

This guitar was built by Antoine Di Mauro's brother Joseph, not be confused with Antoine's son of the same name. The distinctive heart shaped sound hole and the "J. Di Mauro" stamp on the headstock clearly marks it as his work. This model is extremely rare with very few known surviving examples.

This instrument posses "wow factor" galore as its shimmery highs and bold projection outclass instruments many times it's price. This is the first of these heart hole guitars I've had and I'm pleasantly surprised to find they are some of the best vintage Gypsy guitars around.

The condition is very good. There is a repaired section of the top on the lower treble bout. It still has the original SB tuners and original tailpiece. The frets are relatively new.There are some surface cracks on the laminate of the top and side, mostly to the heel area. The top has a fair amount of scratches and dings, especially on the lower bass bout.

All in all, an incredible vintage instrument that ranks among the best in terms of tone and projection. I doubt this one will last long....

This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit card. Add 4% for international credit card orders.

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Guitar Specs
Brand Di Mauro
Year 1940s
Model Number Heart Hole
Serial Number None
Sound Hole Heart Hole
Fret Neck 14 Fret
Condition Very Good
Size 16 1/8"
Scale Length 658mm
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Top Redwood
Back and Sides Birdseye Maple
Neck Maple with Rosewood spline
Fingerboard Rosewood
Binding Ebony
Finish Vintage
Tailpiece Nickel
Tuners SB
Action 2.8mm
Strings Argentine 1510
Case Gator Hardshell
Pickup(s) None
Truss Rod None
Weight 3.75 lbs

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Michael is very nice to deal with, guitar is great and delivery was on schedule.Very happy with my purchase.

Submitted by: Joe on 01/04/2017 10:01:57 AM

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