Model: Vieux Paris
Serial #: 2018
Top: French Spruce
Back and Sides: Dappled Maple
Neck: Walnut with Ebony Spline
Tuners: MIller Closed
Pickup: Ischell, Stimer
Location: NYC, USA
The notes that follow are straight from Michael’s original review. The only additional notes I could add is that this is one of the most amazing guitars I have played. This guitar will stand up to any Holo, AJL, Marin, Favino, Busato or Selmer in both sound and looks. Vintage sound with modern playability.
The Vieux Paris model, which is a tribute to the pre-war designs and techniques used by masters such as Maccaferri and Busato, is a culmination of Mazaud’s 25 years of guitar building experience. This guitar, which received glorious reviews in Guitarist Acoustic magazine, is simultaneously very traditional and highly unique in that it utilizes “old world” techniques like an arched Busato back, lacquered interior, and a Selmer body size; yet combines these elements into something entirely new and exciting! Among this guitar’s more notable qualities are: an enlarged oval soundhole for improved bass response, antiqued Miller hardware, shorter 660m scale for increased midrange response and playability, ultra-light nitrocellulose/satin antique finish for maximum body resonance and vintage look, Busato style ebony neck spline, and rope binding.
The woods are absolutely stunning, most notably the deliciously figured one piece dapple maple back. The top is aged French spruce and the neck is maple with and ebony spline.
Sonically this instrument is astounding! One of the rare guitars I get that is full bodied, with a rich bass and thick midrange, but still has the projection of the brighter, brasher Gypsy guitars. The highs are gently rounded, yet have enough pop to allow your leads to sing without much effort. Chords sound huge, as the low end of this guitar is about as good as it gets. Very full, yet clear and not too boomy or muddled.