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django used....?

aa New York City✭✭✭✭
10s through 45s? Argentines, right?
does dupont make the most accurate repro of the original selmers? how about the md50?
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  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
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    It seems to be generally accepted than Django used Argentines. But why do we think that? What is this assumption based on?

    Since he was notoriously indifferent to his equipment - often forgetting to take his guitar to a gig - why do we feel he was particularly concerned about what strings he used?

    I am trying to remember when I first read that Django used Argentines and I think it may be relatively recently.
  • aa New York City✭✭✭✭
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    "Since he was notoriously indifferent to his equipment "

    i thought he had a lot of trouble playing anything but his selmers...something about the necks on american guitars were too small. i wonderwhat gauge he used.. [/quote]
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  • nwilkinsnwilkins New
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    the most accurate reproduction of an original Selmer is the Dupont Vieille Reserve which will run you about $6500 US.
  • aa New York City✭✭✭✭
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    are there any major differences (structural, not so much superficial/finish) differences between the md50 are the $6500 dupont?
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  • nwilkinsnwilkins New
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    better wood, laquering on the inside (as with original Selmers). There may be some other differences too - the other big difference is that Dupont takes a lot of care with the Vieille Reserve, whereas more recent MD50s vary widely in quality because they are no longer handmade by Dupont himself, and they're churning them out quickly. I think I've heard said somewhere that he only makes 12 VRs per year. Older Duponts (mid 90s or earlier) generally sound good I believe. One of the nicest I've heard on record is Maurizio Geri's guitar which has a beautiful tone and is from the late 80s.
  • mmaslanmmaslan Santa Barbara, CANew
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    The Dupont Vielle Reserve is not the only precise reproduction of the original Selmer. Michael Collins of Ontario makes a very faithful reproduction for less than the MD50, as does Moustache of Holland. Both feature the original three-piece walnut neck and the lacquered interior. I'm sure there are other luthiers who do the same. I own a Collins Petit Bouche and I love it. (I'm not sure how it feels about me.)

    Don't assume that a guitar is a faithful repro just because it looks like one. Luthiers often experiment with bracing and materials. Keep in mind, too, that the Selmer has non-adjustable aluminum strips in the neck rather than a truss rod. Most luthiers use truss rods nowadays, but not all. The neck on a Collins is identical to the originals.
  • AndoAndo South Bend, INModerator Gallato RS-39 Modèle Noir
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    Nick, isn't Geri's guitar all maple? It looks like a blonde to me.

  • nwilkinsnwilkins New
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    I believe it does have maple back and sides :)
  • Josh HeggJosh Hegg Tacoma, WAModerator
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    What does all that have to do with what Django used?

    To bring it back on track... I think that Django cared much more about the clothing he was buying then the strings he was using. However I have read that there was a "prized" string that he liked but I have never read what string that was.

  • nwilkinsnwilkins New
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    Josh Hegg wrote:
    What does all that have to do with what Django used?

    I think if you go back and follow the thread from the original post (in which "a" asked about Dupont Selmer style guitars) all will become clear.
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