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1930's Flat Top #no serial

this is an extremely rare, and an "extraordinary" guitar.. 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 Grand Modèle #44

This guitar shows certainly the most beautiful brazilian laminated back.. and is nicknamed the "VBBBB". no cracks on the top, the neck has been reset, the fingerboard replaced and refretted.. the adjustable bridge is original to the guitar.. it has the paper label, the headstock plaque was there, but fell off unnoticed, and is now gone, an unusal BB taipiece with a wood inset, and a proper set of modern BB tuners.again, this guitar is simply tremendous..playability, action, sound.. THIS IS A GREAT GUITAR.. NHSC $15,500.00

1940's Moyen Modèle # 43

"Moyen Modèle" Egg shaped sound hole..680mm scale..made most probably during or soon after the War.. it has the same dimension of the Selmer guitar but 1cm shallower.. . solid spruce top, laminated walnut back and sides, and replaced ebony fingerboard, as well as a new set of tuners and tailpiece to replace the cheap old set that turned backwards, and the cheaper yet bent metal tailpiece.. the top has a couple of "Chanteaux".. as per shortages.. the playabiity is spot on and the sound is "superbe".. OHSC $9,500.00

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 playbilty and action are perfect.. barkier and more compressed than others, this guitar wants to be played..!!! NHSC $9,500.00

1940's Grand Modèle #44

Beautiful laminated Walnut back and sides.."shaded top to match.. with the Cité Griset paper label. ebony fingerboard, with new frets.. three piece neck..BB tailpiece and Tuners..this is the "quintessential" Busato Grand Modèle.. one repaired cleated and stable top crack, and one scrape that is not a crack.. the "geometry" of the top is perfect.. two back braces.. this guitar is outstanding in every way..a wonderful example of the "next best" thing to a Selmer.. NHSC $16,000.00

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 an early 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