This Maccaferri inspired nylon string guitar was built in Greece by
the well respected luthier Grigoris Stefanidis. A skilled maker of both
bouzoukis and guitars, Grigoris has long taken an interest in Gypsy
guitars and produces both steel string and nylon string models.
many people are aware that the original Selmer Maccaferri guitars
were classicals and only later were they adapted for steel string jazz
playing. This nylon string model makes it possible to experience the
sort of sound and playability that Mario Maccaferri intended.
This nylon string model is reminiscent of Selmer's own nylon string guitar known as the Espagnol.
It combines typical classical guitar specs like fan bracing and a 2"
nut with more Gypsy-esque features like a slotted peghead, a 12 fret
neck, and a cutaway. The top is spruce, the back and sides are mahogany, the fingerboard is ebony, and the neck is walnut.
sound is quite impressive, with enough volume and "bark" to compete
with steel string guitars but equally capable of the lusher, more
romantic sounds of a classical guitar. It also sounds surprisingly good
for rhythm, which lends further support to the theory that a nylon
string guitar was used for the rhythm work on many of the original Hot Club
of France recordings.
Just under two years old,
this guitar is still in very good condition. It has a few dings on the
top and on the binding. Otherwise it is very clean, with it's only fault
being a less than perfect finish.
string Gypsy guitars are exceedingly rare, especially a handmade
European one. Why not try something different? Come and experience the
easy playing feel and lush tone of nylon!
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