How often do you see these turn up? While the retail price in the USA would be between US$4,000 and US$5,000 this is a bargain at half that at only AU$3,000 which at the current exchange rate is US$2065 !
Made by the legendary Antoine Di Mauro in Paris it has his branded mark on the back of the headstock. Probably a spruce top, (but it could be cedar by the color of it) with laminated maple back and sides with a nice tiger stripe to the veneer. The neck looks to be mahogany with good frets and a straight low action. The neck has been reinforced with three thin metal rods at some time in the past, (the ends are just visible above the nut), and it is perfectly straight with a nice easy action, with a string height of 2mm at the 12th fret but if you play hard you might want to shim the bridge to raise that a little. The bridge and tailpiece are original and the covered tuners are not marked but similar to Selmer or SB type; possibly by l’Huillier et Massicot. The finish I suspect is the original and showing some wear all over and there is a slight depression in the back nothing serious and not cracked or split; there is also a small ding in the side of the lower bout, see photo. I know there were made from the 1940s to the 1960s but there is no way of knowing the age for sure.
So how about that, a rare and genuine vintage guitar from a highly respected and collectable luthier.
AU$3,000 = (US$2065 at current exchange rate)
Unfortunately insured international shipping these days is getting expensive and there is no way around it, but to USA or UK it would cost up to AU$450 (US$310) as a conservative estimate although I could not confirm exactly until it is safely wrapped and packed in a box and I am not doing that unless it is sold, so I may be able to get that down a little.
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