This new Gitano Antique Plus oval hole 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
like the original Selmers, Busatos, and later 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.
Gypsy legends Stochelo Rosenberg, Dorado Schmitt and Hono Winterstein also play Hahl guitars.
This special model features the same 60 year woods that Hahl usually
reserves only for his most expensive models like the Super de Luxe. So
this special Gitano de Luxe model has the same tonal "engine" as Hahl's
premiere models but at a lower cost. The 60 year aged German spruce top produces a tone that is clear and direct, yielding finely detailed chords and defined, rounded leads. The midrange of this instrument is easily the best I've ever heard, notable for it's rich and complex character that fills out chords and beefs up single note lines. I find it nearly impossible to make this guitar sound bad! The tone is reminiscent of some of Bireli Lagrene's best recordings, but doesn't require that Bireli actually play it to sound this nice. I think that quality alone is worth the purchase price, but I should mention that despite this instruments modern character, it also does exceptionally well in playing traditional Gypsy jazz. If you play one of Django's solos on it, it brings you right back to the 30s!
This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit card. 4% for International orders.
|Model Number||Gitano Antique Plus|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||4 1/16"|
|Top||Spruce (60 Year aged)|
|Back and Sides||Maple|
|Tuners||Schaller Classic Deluxe (Gold)|
Gulp....WOW....Gulp...did I say WOW? Quite possibly the most balanced beautiful guitar I have ever played...A cut above the several other Hahl's I have had the good fortune to test drive. If you love Ferraris, are a baller and have the bank to back it...this is it. I love ferraris too...don't have the cheque to write...Keep a towel handy so you can wipe the drool off when others play it....Enjoy it
Submitted by: roch on 09/28/2016 11:11:09 PM