Alain Mazaud is one of the most respected and experienced French luthiers specializing in jazz manouche guitars. His instruments are played by such luminaries as Moreno, Patrick Saussois, Ritary Gaguenetti, and Ryan Hoffman of Pearl Django. Mazaud is respected for his thorough knowledge of the great tradition of Selmer Maccaferri guitars as well as his meticulous attention to detail.
The Vieux Paris model, which is a tribute to the pre-war designs and techniques used by masters such as Maccaferri and Busato, is a culmination of Mazaud's 25 years of guitar building experience. This guitar, which received glorious reviews in Guitarist Acoustic magazine, is simultaneously very traditional and highly unique in that it utilizes "old world" techniques like an arched Busato back, lacquered interior, and a Selmer body size; yet combines these elements into something entirely new and exciting! Among this guitar's more notable qualities are: an enlarged oval soundhole for improved bass response, antiqued Miller hardware, shorter 660m scale for increased midrange response and playability, ultra-light nitrocellulose/satin antique finish for maximum body resonance and vintage look, Busato style ebony neck spline, and rope binding.
The woods are absolutely stunning, most notably the deliciously figured Brazilian rosewood back. The top is aged French spruce and the neck is walnut with an ebony spline.
Sonically this instrument is astounding! One of the rare guitars I get that is full bodied, with a rich bass and thick midrange, but still has the projection of the brighter, brasher Gypsy guitars. The highs are gently rounded, yet have enough pop to allow your leads to sing without much effort. Chords sound huge, as the low end of this guitar is about as good as it gets. Very full, yet clear and not too boomy or muddled.
If you're looking for a Gypsy guitar that is balanced, with a deep tone and lots of projection yet still has a very traditional tone and look, than this instrument is for you. It is nothing short of a Gypsy jazz fashion statement, as it's sharp looks and voluminous sound will turn heads at any jam session.
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|Model Number||Vieux Paris|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 3/4"|
|Back and Sides||Brazilian Rosewood|
|Neck||Walnut with Ebony Spline|
|Tuners||Miller Closed (Gold)|
The original "Wegen" Gypsy Guitar pick. 3.5mm thick, 30mm long, 26mm wide.
The original Gypsy jazz strings! Used by Django Reinhard and nearly every other Gypsy guitarist.
Vintage Django tone for Selmer/Maccaferri oval hole guitars.