For Sale

1950's Petite Bouche #no serial

12 fret model.. 640 mm scale.. this is only the second such guitar i have ever had... similar in every way, to the earlier one same material, same construction.. no maker's mark.. apart from the Paul Beuscher label.. laminated mahogany back and sides..solid spruce top.. two piece mahogany neck..ebony fingerboard.. excellent craftsmanship..a high quality instrument in every way..save for the crummy tuners and tailpiece.. it is now outfitted with Schaller gypsy tuners, and repro tailpiece.. the fingerboard was refretted..one top crack cleated and repaired, overall great condition..the playability is spot on, and the sound is OUSTANDING...!!! NHSC $3,500.00

1930's Flat Top #no serial

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 terrible condition.. it took weeks for Carl Meine of Wisconsin to restore it and bring it back to life..!!! largely inspired by the banjos of the time, Bortolo Busato brought the "Nacro-laque" to this guitar, 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.. great 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 tailpiece..it 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

1950's Jazz

This is the first F hole Busato i have ever had..by the time it was built, the one feature that made it a "special" Jazz guitar was a radiused fingerboard..it 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

1960's Classical A2 #464

This is jacques Castellucia's version of the Maccaferri "Concert" Classical. this one though is a14 fret cutaway, solid Spruce top, solid two piece Mahogany back, and sides, Ebony fingerboard, three piece "sandwich" neck .. two piece Mahogany and one piece Rosewood for strength. As the label reads, she is " faite à la main" "made by the hand"... It has a lovely voice, plenty of volume and is very easy to play. NHSC $2,650.00

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 built..at 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

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 it..no sign of tempering there..it 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 condition..save for a short surface crack next to the treble fingerboard extension..at 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