FS: 1979 Favino #658 - now with SB tuners as of January 2024

geese_comgeese_com Madison, WINew 503
edited April 11 in Classifieds Posts: 461

Not sure I really want to sell this guitar because of the sentimental attachment, but I figured I would offer it for sale just in case anyone is interested. I will probably regret it if this guitar does sell since Jon Delaney was one of my biggest inspirations when first starting to play gypsy jazz.

This guitar used to belong to Jon Delaney. Here is his original ad from 2016:

Here is the listing from Djangobooks:

Here is the listing from

As you can see, it is a well used guitar. I think the pictures show the condition much better than I can describe it. There are cracks and bumps, but all the cracks are stable it should not be an issue.

The original bridge and shims are included. I had another bridge built for it and the action is around 2.8mm low E & 2.5mm high E and the guitar plays fantastically.

As of January 2024, I had a set of vintage SB tuners put on the guitar.

There are lots of videos of Jon playing it so you can get an idea of how it sounds:

Here is my video demo

Album full of pics:

Comes with TKL hardshell case.

$6,250 + shipping + fees

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.



  • djazzydjazzy New Riccardo Mordeglia, AJL
    edited May 2023 Posts: 66

    oh man.... this guitar, that sound.🙏

    And revisiting those Jon Delaney videos.... it all hits home with an extra punch, of grand beautiful melancholy.

  • GouchGouch FennarioNew ALD Originale D, Zentech Proto, ‘50 D28
    Posts: 115

    This is a GREAT sounding guitar - I’ve heard it played by the seller many times.

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,308

    Hey @geese_com I noticed in one of the Jon videos, the guitar had a pickguard. I also see in Jon's original ad that it was lifting off some. My guess would be that some of the adhesive lifted some of that finish off. It's cool that you ended up with that guitar. I definitely profited from your Chez Jacquet soundslice transcription and learned to play it back around the time Jon passed. I know you move your guitars a lot, but I have a feeling this might be one you'd regret letting go. Especially considering your personal connection to the man.

  • guitarmikeguitarmike Montreal, Quebec✭✭ Old French Gypsy Guitar
    Posts: 112

    I owned that guitar before John Delaney. I bought it from a gentleman from Victoria B.C.

    When I had it, it still had the original Bilardi tuners.

    I had it with me the first time ” Les Doigts de L’homme ” came at Django In June.

    You can reach me for more informations.

  • geese_comgeese_com Madison, WINew 503
    Posts: 461

    Here's the Reverb listing:

    Price will be lower if not sold on Reverb. Feel free to send me a message.


  • geese_comgeese_com Madison, WINew 503
    Posts: 461

    Just lowered the price on Reverb. Got my eye on something else so feel free to send me an offer.

  • geese_comgeese_com Madison, WINew 503
    Posts: 461

    Bumping this up just in case anyone is interested.

    Feel free to send me an offer. The off-Reverb price will be lower.

  • Posts: 282

    Do you have another. I'm buy it if it's a pair.


  • geese_comgeese_com Madison, WINew 503
    Posts: 461

    I do have a second Favino, but that one will cost considerably more 😉

  • ChristopheCaringtonChristopheCarington San Francisco, CA USANew Dupont MD50, Stringphonic Favino, Altamira Chorus
    Posts: 187

    Gian - you've had so many great guitars pass through your hands over the years now, I'm curious what exactly you're looking for in a guitar.

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