Who made this vintage guitar?

Hi everyone,

I found this guitar today and I was wondering if somebody can help me identify it.

Needs a lot of repairs. The tailpiece looks a little cheap and the wood insert is missing. Tuners are working.

Needs a lot of TLC.



  • pdgpdg ✭✭
    Posts: 473

    It's European, because the fret marker is at the 10th fret.

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited October 2023 Posts: 840

    Body shape, headstock and neck construction look a lot like di mauro chorus models, but the postion of the f-holes is totally different.

    Di Mauro E models have similar f-hole position but with different design.

    Busato archtops have a different body shape.

    Castelluccia have different body shape.

    Maybe Favino 2a? Similar tuners application but different neck construction.

    Where did you find this very cool looking instrument? I hope it can be saved, it looks amazing even in it's presented state!

  • DominikDominik ✭✭✭
    Posts: 47


    Thanks for all the photos. I was thinking Favino too.

    I had a Di Mauro Chorus with the same flower tuners once too.

    I will try to fix it for sure.

  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    Posts: 1,459

    Very good relic job! 😁

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 840

    When I had introduced my Mystery guitar to this forum, kind of a detective story started - with no clear results.

    I think there have been lots of rather good luthiers around who built those guitars we love, not only the few "big names", but many others who copied them or added their own original works to the market.

    One of @Buco's comments on the discussion of the origin of my flea market find guitar was: "It would be fun knowing the brand and model but most importantly it looks cool plus sounds and plays great." Looking forward to your restauration!

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 840

    @Dominik I just found your 2010 thread:

    Did you get further information about that guitar? Do you still play it?

  • DominikDominik ✭✭✭
    Posts: 47


    I don't have that guitar anymore... 😔

  • Posts: 4,830

    This guitar looks really good actually. Aside from the screws at the heel. How's the neck? The rest of it looks like it just needs a good spitshine.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc // Guitars: Gerome, Caponnetto, Napoli, Musicalia, Bucolo, Sanchez et. al.
    Posts: 603

    I think Willie is right, Dominik’s new guitar is a Favino.

    A great find, despite the screws in the back of the neck joint 😏

  • DominikDominik ✭✭✭
    Posts: 47

    Thanks guys!

    It will be a while before I can get to it but It will play again!

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