This 2012 Gitano Antique by Stefan Hahl represents the ultimate in
contemporary Selmer guitar design. Most builders today obsessively try
to replicate the design and building techniques of "golden era" guitars
such as Selmers, Busatos, and Favinos. Hahl has dared
to be different by using the Selmer design, which he has studied
extensively, as a starting point for something new and unique. His
guitars characteristically combine the complexity, warmth, and
listenability of archtops and flatops with the punch and clarity of
Selmers. The real genius of his work is that he has succeeded in making
a contemporary, sophisticated sounding Gypsy guitar without loosing the
essence of the Selmer sound. Others have tried to make such a guitar,
but the end result is that warmth and complexity are traded for clarity
and punch, which results in a very muted and dull sounding guitar. Not
so with Hahl. His guitars produce notes with a rounded, satisfying tone
but are still springy enough to shoot out of the instrument in volume
Hahl's work has been well received by the very finest Gypsy guitarists today. Most notably, by Bireli Lagrene who owns three Hahl guitars and has used them on most of his recent recordings. check out: Move, Just the Way You Are, To Bi or Not to Bi, and Live in Paris. Bireli Lagrene has been playing a nearly identical Antique model over the last several years.
Gypsy legends Dorado Schmitt and Hono Winterstein also play Hahl guitars.
This rare antique model is one of Hahl's flagship models. It features the finest woods available: AAA mastergrade 70 year aged spruce top, 70 year aged flamed maple back and sides, maple neck with mahogany spline, ebony body binding, ebony bridge, and a mastergrade ebony fingerboard. The superior woods on this guitar are not only gorgeous to look at, but also give the guitar a complex, refined tone that younger woods lack. The only other new Selmer type guitar that has such exquisite aged woods is the Dupont Vieille Reserve.
The specs are what you'd expect of a typical Selmer copy: 670mm scale with a 15 3/4" body. However, the precision neck geometry allows for much lower action than is typical on a Gypsy style guitar. This instrument is currently setup with 2.4mm action which yields the kind of playability you'd expect of an electric archtop guitar. It's no wonder Bireli Lagrene chose this model as it's well suited for the highly technical, modern style of Gypsy jazz that he is famous for. This guitar will allow you to play so much more than just the standard Django style phrases. Its easy playing neck and low string tension will enable you to execute the sorts of complex ideas that you could only dream of with other guitars.
The sound of this instrument is among the best I've ever had in the shop. It's rare that a guitar of such a young age possess the qualities that this instrument does. First off, it's incredibly loud, with even the lightest touch producing torrents of sound. But more importantly, the tone is rich, complex, and thick yet still punchy enough for good lead projection. It has a wonderful openness that colors each note you play with interesting overtones that thicken and enhance the sound. This is one of those guitars you'll play just once and never forget. It posses that elusive "wow" factor that you hear in only the most select instruments.
This very guitar has been played by some of the world's top Gypsy guitarists, including Fapy Lafertin and Stochelo Rosenberg (who used it at the 2016 Mill Valley Djangofest.)
This instrument is in excellent condition with just a few small signs of use. There is some light pickwear, some finish has rubbed off on the lower bass bout, and the fret have some moderate wear. Otherwise, it's completely clean.
This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit card. 4% for International orders.
|Model Number||Gitano De Luxe Antique|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Back and Sides||Flamed Maple|
|Neck||Maple with Mahogany spline|
|Tuners||Schaller Classic Deluxe (Gold)|
|Case||Superior Deluxe Black|