2000 Michael Dunn Belleville
Here is a wonderful long scale oval hole guitar by the illustrious Vancouver, B.C. builder Michael Dunn. This very experienced and capable luthier has a career that stretches back to the late 60s. As far as anyone knows, Michael was the first North American luthier to make Selmer inspired guitars.
While Michael's instruments are clearly based on Mario Maccaferri's original designs, they are much more than mere copies. Always unique, Michael's guitars are a breath of fresh air in the very conservative world of Selmer guitars. His willingness to experiment with materials, design, and aesthetics appeals to those looking for something different.
This beautiful Belleville model, Michael's most popular model which was played by Chet Atkins and other luminaries, features a 670mm scale, 14 fret neck, 16 1/4" body, and a 1 13/16" nut. The top is red cedar, the back and sides are African blackwood, and the neck is Spanish cedar. This guitar also features ebony binding, Purpleheart rosette, and "bridged" moustache pieces which reduce dampening.
The sound of this guitar is focused and clear, with a strong midrange that adds a horn like quality the lead lines and richness to chordal playing. It has an exceptional amount of sustain, which allows your single note lines to sing effortlessly. And like most of Michael Dunn's guitars, this instrument is quite loud with enough projection to see you through most acoustic performance situations.
The playability of this guitar is beyond excellent as it is totally "iced' with ultra-low 2.4mm action. It feels more like an electric guitar as it's so easy to get around on. It's a perfect instrument for those who normally struggle with the higher action that is common on most Gypsy guitars.
This instrument is in excellent condition. It shows some signs of moderate use, mostly a smattering of scratches, dings, and pickwear on the top. There is some very light fretwear. Otherwise, a very clean example of Dunn's work.
Includes DATT hardshell case.
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