2012 Lebreton Modele 3 2012 Lebreton Modele 3 Lebreton Powerful Selmer copy handmade in France. Features solid Brazilian rosewood and a heat bent pliage. Arts & Entertainment lebreton-selmer-2012-2 Modele 3 5.0 1 View Offer DjangoBooks.com
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2012 Lebreton Modele 3

2012 Lebreton Modele 3
This meticulously constructed Selmer copy was built by Jean-Noel Lebreton in Avrille, France. It is both visually and tonally a very traditional Selmer guitar, with a vintage 1930s look and the sound to back it up. However, the most astonishing thing about this instrument is the price! Rarely do you find this level of workmanship and materials at this price point. Amenities include solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Schaller Classic Deluxe tuners, Busato style neck spline (it actually has twin ebony neck splines, a unique Lebreton feature), a lacquered interior, and a traditional heat bent pliage. High end features such as these are normally only found on other luthier's flagship models the are priced well over $6000. It is almost unheard of to get workmanship and materials of this quality in this price range.

Sonically this instrument is nothing short of astounding! It posses every element required of an exquisite sounding Selmer copy: dry tone, rounded highs, warm mids, tight bass, and lots of volume. The balance of this instrument is near perfect, making it very forgiving and easy to record or amplify. Also, it is nearly free of overtone ringing of any kind, a problem that is the downfall of so many lesser guitars. Most importantly, it has that ineffable "Selmer tone" that makes anything you play on it sound instantly like Django.

If you're looking for warmth and roundness of tone than this is instrument is for you. Lebreton excels and producing instruments which are free of the brash, overly bright qualities found in many other traditional Selmer copies. Instead, his guitars produce deep, rich mids; a full, but clear bass; and rounded highs that have enough oomph for leads without being harsh.

Playability is excellent, with comfortable 2.8mm action putting it in the range preferred by most players..

This is a guitar worth buying first and asking questions later, as workmanship like this is rarely found at this price. Here's a chance to own something really special without breaking the bank.

This used example is in very good condition. There are numerous dings and scratches on the top and body. The frets are new. There are no structural issues to speak of.

This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit card. Add 4% for international credit card orders.
Pricing Info:
Guitar Specs
Brand Lebreton
Year 2012
Model Number Modele 3
Serial Number 46.140
Sound Hole Oval
Fret Neck 14 Fret
Condition Very Good
Size 15 7/8"
Scale Length 670mm
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Body Depth 3 7/8"
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Brazilian Rosewood (Solid)
Neck Walnut with Twin Ebony Splines
Fingerboard Ebony
Binding Ebony
Finish Nitrocellulose
Tailpiece Dupont DR
Tuners Schaller Classic Deluxe Gold with Ebony Buttons
Action 2.8mm
Strings Argentine 1510MF
Case TKL Hardshell
Pickup(s) None
Truss Rod Yes
Weight 4.4 lbs

Reviews and Ratings


Lebreton Guitars

Pros: As Michael wrote in his review, the value is unmatched in this price range.

Cons: There's quite a gap beetween the top of the bidge and the guitar's top. It can be confusing according to the player. I don't usually like this kind of set-up but I feel perfectly fine on the Lebreton

To me, whenever you're playing a Lebreton you'll be the only one responsible for any bad playing! I think it's my favorite luthier alive, in the top 3 for sure. - Quality of the making is five star by far. Building concept, finish, design... everything is top quality - Playablity is comfy as can be - They feel ALIVE and have a sound signature - They usually have a very strong projection - Hand made in France by an independant luthier As gypsy guitars are concerned you can't find a better quality. From this point it will be a matter of taste. The general sound is rather medium high (with a "drop" on low-mids) and nice bass. There are other luthiers making great instruments but I think that not so many can match this craftmanship : the overall result is optimized and mastered on every point. And at that price... Definitely worth trying anyway!

Submitted by: Mitch on 05/26/2016 02:52:25 PM

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