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Its difficult to know what a guitar will be like when buying from across the pond but with nice old gypsy guitars becoming rarer and rarer, its a must. After 5 years of searching for a guitar that satisfy's my left hand, right hand, ears and gut, i finally found it. After so many years of never being satisfied on the whole with a guitar and as a result going through many of them, its good to feel at peace with one that does what i want it to. The beauty of this instrument was understated in the...
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1940s Sonora

1940s Sonora
A very rare Sonora D hole probably made some time in the 40s. The Sonora guitars appear to have come from the Franco-Sicilian luthiery tradition that includes Busato, DiMauro, Catania, Bucolo, Oliveri, etc. The Sonora's may have actually been built under contract by Catania (for more info see: Carmelo Catania). This guitar shares many of the features often found on Busatos and other guitars of Sicilian origin: an arched back, a three piece neck, and the builder's logo on the top.

This wonderful example is the best preserved Sonora I've seen. It's nearly flawless and looks as if it was hardly played at all for the last six decades.

The body is 16" wide, 3 3/8" deep. The scale is very short at 622mm.

Amazingly, it still has the original aluminum tailpiece and bridge. This instrument was recently setup with ultra low 2mm action which makes it nearly effortless to play! The original brass  frets look completely new sugegsting this was a closet guitar most of its life.

Soundwise this guitar is a treasure! It has the old world mojo that only aged guitars have....it's very, very loud with tons of character! I simply adore its clarity and spunky personality. No doubt, this instrument will always be the life of the party!

There are two top cracks which have been cleated. One runs along the bass side and a smaller one runs parallel to the fingerboard on the treble side. Otherwise, this instrument is in excellent condition for its age.

Sonora guitars have gained recent notoriety in the hands of legendary Gypsy rhythm guitarist Hono Winterstein. He used a Sonora on the famous Live Jazz a Vienne DVD.



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Guitar Specs
Brand Sonora
Year 1940s
Model Number D Hole
Serial Number None
Sound Hole D Hole
Fret Neck 12
Condition Excellent
Size 16"
Scale Length 622mm
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Body Depth 3 3/8"
Top Spruce
Back and Sides Mahogany
Neck Mahogany with Rosewood Spline
Fingerboard Rosewood
Binding Beech
Finish Vintage
Tailpiece Sonora
Tuners 3 on a plate
Action 2mm
Strings Argentine 1510
Case Hardshell
Pickup(s) None
Truss Rod None
Weight 3.45 lbs

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Its difficult to know what a guitar will be like when buying from across the pond but with nice old gypsy guitars becoming rarer and rarer, its a must. After 5 years of searching for a guitar that satisfy's my left hand, right hand, ears and gut, i finally found it. After so many years of never being satisfied on the whole with a guitar and as a result going through many of them, its good to feel at peace with one that does what i want it to. The beauty of this instrument was understated in the write-up, delivery was very quick and Michael was very helpful in spending time with any queries i had. I would feel confident to buy at Djangobooks again, thankyou for the beautiful instrument.

Submitted by: Ru on 01/02/2016 12:09:47 PM

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