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1930's Flat Top

this is an extremely rare, AND extremely early Busato Guitar..sporting the rue d'Orgemont label from 1934... never seen nor heard of another one..when I found it, it was in need of tender loving care.. it took great dedication for Carl Meine of Wisconsin to bring it back to life..!!! largely inspired by the banjos of the time, Bortolo Busato brought the "Nacro-laque" to this guitar, and likely inspired by Gibson and it's use of the "new material" on the fingerboard of the "Century of Progress" model, as well as Italian accordions of the period..interestingly conceived as a hybrid instrument..steel string Flat Top, but with a tailpiece and a "floating" bridge just like the French gypsy guitars of the times..excellent playability and truly most uniquely interesting sound..laminated rosewood back and sides..mahogany neck..solid spruce top... she is a one of a kind..!!! NHSC $4,500.00

1940's Moyen Modèle # 43

Known as the "Moyen Modèle"..Petite Bouche "Egg Shaped".. with the " Cité Griset" white label on the neck block.. 680mm scale..Selmer size, but 1cm shallower.. laminated rosewood back and sides..solid spruce top..solid mahogany neck with ebonized fingerboard.. this guitar was likely made during or right after the War.. it came with the crummiest tuners and tailpiece, and the top was made with several pieces of spruce, as I imagined the supply of wood was thin from years of war.. considering that it was an "accepted practice", they gave those pieces a name.. "Chanteaux"..the guitar is outfitted with Schaller gypsy tuners and a Delaruelle Busato replica was also refretted, so now the playabilty and action are perfect..the back of these are "thermo-formed" and not braced, so they are stiffer and produce an even barkier and more compressed sound than the others.. creating the distinctive in your face kinda voice.. this guitar wants to be played..!!! NHSC $9,500.00

1942 Grand Modèle # 44

"Grand Modèle 44".. this is BB's model that always rivaled with Selmer.. most probably built in the latter part of 1942, the headstock shows the Boulevard de Ménilmontant plaque. laminated Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, solid Spruce top,Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard..original BB tuners, with a reissue BB tailpiece. the neck was reset, over-sprayed, and the board was re-fretted. one can see that prior to resetting the neck, two "plugs were present.. at some point, somebody installed a Stimer 48 behind the bridge, leaving a visible shadow, but fortunately without damaging the top at all..the cosmetic touch up clearly shows what was done.. the top is in great shape, and retains it's original "bombé".. the action is spot on, and the playability as good as it gets. Grand Modèles are getting harder and harder to find in any condition..this one is simply outstanding..great projection, with loads of natural reverb in the upper register. needs nothing but to be played..!!! NHSC $16,500.00

1950's Jazz

This is the first F hole Busato i have ever the time it was built, the one feature that made it a "special" Jazz guitar was a radiused is in excellent condition with it's original set of BB tuners and tailpiece. 670mm scale, with it's black finish it is hard to determine the outer wood it's made of..could be maple..could be mahogany. bits of the fingerboard inlays are broken off, but it does not hinder playing. the neck is quite modern in contour, and the playability is perfect. it not only sounds great with a broad spectrum voice, it literally "sings".. this is truly an amazing sounding and playing guitar NHSC $7,000.00

1950's Grand Modèle #45

this is a late 50's guitar, laminated Rosewood back and sides, white binding.. this is a Champigny workshop production, so the Cité Griset paper label is no more, Delaruelle tailpiece..SB tuners that turn backwards, one piece pear wood neck with an ebonized fingerboard..solid spruce top with perfect geometry .. no cracks..excellent playability and sound.. this is a good one.. NHSC $10,000.00

circa 1950's 14 fret D hole #no serial

This is a really good example from a family that has been building guitars in Paris for decades, joining the ranks of established Italian Luthiers.. laminated Mahogany back and sides, solid Spruce top, with a Rosewood fingerboard, 670mm scale, with a really comfortable and fast neck. it has been refretted, and outfitted with modern tuners and came with really crummy tuners of that period that turned backwards and an equally crummy tailpiece. there is a "Symphonia" label on the inside, which was a retail shop boulevard Magenta that sold String and Wind Instruments. no cracks anywhere, just some honest dings here and can remark the lovely touch of marquetry all around the rims of the guitar, as per Castelluccia's tradition.. the guitar plays and sounds great, with an extraordinary amount of built in reverberation in the upper register, as well as a resonant bottom end..the guitar weighs 3lbs 12 oz.. light and lively.. NHSC $3,500.00

circa 1940's Tenor

a beautiful example of the di Mauro workshop, in very excellent condition. solid spruce top, maple back and sides, outfitted with a pickguard, di Mauro decal on the top, and "marque au fer" on the back of the headstock. "clover leaf" tuners that turn backwards..original frets..original in every way..excellent playability..sweet "perched" voice ready for your enjoyment..!! NHSC $2,650.00

1960's Heartshape #no serial

laminated Birdseye Maple back and sides..solid Spruce top, three piece Mahogany neck, SB tuners and Delaruelle tailpiece..this is likely to be one of the last guitars he some point, a previous owner decided to install a Pick Up, and to accommodate it, probably had somebody slightly "modify" the soundhole to fit it.. the PU is gone, but the trace remains.. this is an excellent sounding and playing guitar, which is in otherwise great condition.. no fret wear whatsoever..set up and ready to play.. NHSC $4,500.00

1957 one of a kind #no serial

This extraordinary one of a kind guitar, was made by Jacques Favino in 1957 for the then popular teenage singer Marie-José Neuville..carved solid spruce top..carved solid flamed maple back, three piece maple neck, round hole, with elevated fingerboard. conceived as a nylon string guitar, it projects as well as any classical guitar. on the inside, there is a long handwritten dedication by Jacques Favino.. great action and sound.. this one is a piece of French History. I wish I also had the guitar in this photo..!! her recording contract stipulated that she was forbidden to cut off her braids..She had to continue projecting the image of a teenager..way past that time.. NHSC Call For Price

1970's Petite Bouche #no serial

laminated rosewood back and sides..solid spruce top, three piece maple neck, SB tuners..Delaruelle tailpiece.. the classic Favino, outfitted with a Big Tone Pick Up.. these are getting harder to find.. set up..ready to go..needs nothing but to be played.. this one has lost it's label..and the srial number that was on sign of tempering just happened.. NHSC $10,000.00

1978 Petite Bouche #606

laminated rosewood back and sides..solid spruce top, three piece maple neck, SB tuners..Delaruelle tailpiece.. the classic Favino, outfitted with a Big Tone Pick Up.. these are getting harder to find.. set up..ready to go..needs nothing but to be played NHSC $11,000.00

1986 Lefty Patrick Saussois #965

In April of 1986, Patrick Saussois took delivery of this guitar that he had custom built. The label reads "construite pour Patrick Saussois..Affectueuement.. Jean Pierre Favino" with the serial number # 965, This shows further proof that Jean Pierre continued to use his father's serial numbering scheme as late as 1986. Selmer size, it has the classic Favino three piece maple neck with an ebony fingerboard. brazilian laminated back and sides and european spruce top. Jean Pierre crafted a wooden tailpiece of ebony and put the PS initials on it. at some point, Patrick may have been curious to check as to how different the guitar might sound with a "conventional" metal tailpiece.. the original is now back on. apart from a couple of hits and scrapes, the guitar is in excellent condition. the action, playability and sound are spot on.. Letfy Favino guitars are quite rare.. this one comes a celebrated "Gadjo" who is missed for his charming personality, quick with a smile, and with a tremendous contribution the the "rebirth" of the genre, with his playing and efforts through his own "Djaz" label.. NHSC $6,500.00

1920 circa Classical

This guitar screams of the early influence the Master Luthier Luigi Mozzani had on his talented pupil..made in Cento Italy,one can see in the shape of the headstock and the heel of the neck, the Selmer/Maccaferri guitar to be born..the elongated bridge with compensated saddles, the "grafted" headstock.. it is made of solid Chesnut back and sides, solid european Spruce top,and what could be a Walnut neck with an Ebony fingerboard. the guitar has no cracks and the original finish remains, now fitted with a beautiful set of Irving Sloane classical tuners.. the sound is lively, well balanced, and a pleasure to play.. it is the first and only original Classical guitar made by Mario Maccaferri i have ever had in 40 years.. NHSC NOT FOR SALE

1934 Orchestre #286 Bis

rarely in one's "career", is there an opportunity to come across an 85 year old guitar, in practically new condition.. this is one such guitar.. registered in the log book as a "bis"..on that page, as many as 7 other instruments are marked that way.. A French way of inserting something in between two numbers.. the label says 286, but the log book more accurately names it a "bis".. the other # 286 being a Freeman.. this guitar was sent to London on the 13th of March 1934.. making it most probably one of if not the last early Maccaferri to leave Mantes La Jolie.. in extraordinary for a short surface crack next to the treble fingerboard some point the owner had a clear protector pickguard installed. it has been removed, and one can barely see the outline when looking at a certain angle. the Resonator is intact, and the finish is in pristine condition. the playability is spot on and the sound is superb..this guitar rarely saw daylight.. it comes in the ultra rare original red covering Pergamoid hard case, itself in near new condition.. OHSC $35,000.00

1942 Petite Bouche #529

This guitar was built at the beginning of WWII..production was reduced to near halt..very very few guitars of any sort leave the Mantes-La-Jolie workshop. this can only be assumed, as the ledger of the period shows massive gaps in the production.. with numbers attributed but seldom the confirmation that an instrument exists.. and boy does this one exist.. it is in outstanding condition..having been refretted for playability, and two splits have been repaired..they are nearly invisible, and the top retains it's full "bombé" and "plié", as it did the day it was built..the playability is spot on, and the sound is simply have a Wartime Selmer Petite bouche from the most coveted 500 series is just a comes in the original life beaten case..THIS ONE IS THE BEST PETITE BOUCHE ON PLANET EARTH..~~~~ OHSC $30,000.00 ON HOLD