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1930's 14 Fret Oval Hole

"Grand Modèle" with "accordeon" inlays on the headstock and fingerboard. BB tuners and tailpiece, paper label on the neck block. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1930's 14 fret Oval hole

this guitar is back in my life..I loved it when i first saw it, and now I love seeing it again.. it is extremely rare, not seen before original dark sunburst with laminated birdseye maple back and sides, solid spruce top, typical Busato three piece maple neck with a capped and refretted rosewood fingerboard.. three filled small holes on the top.. fitted with a set of DR tailpiece and tuners....I have never held a lighter gypsy guitar in my hands. it is not as deep as other Busato guitars, but it has a truly expressive voice. ....considered the next best thing to a Selmer, for a fraction of the price.. fabulous gypsy sound and vibe.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1930's Oval Hole

The bigger "sister" to the 12 fret model i have had in the past, this one has a 670mm scale,14 fret to the body, the same "accordeon" decorations with the original fretboard. a beautiful set of replacement BB tuners and tailpiece, give the guitar the final touch. the finish is worn in large areas, giving it the charming look of the gypsy life..the neck is straight, the playability is perfect, and the bark is present..finished off with a most festive headstock...rival to none..!! these guitars are extemely rare.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1930's Tenor

540 mm scale.beautiful guitar with brazilian laminated back and sides. multicolor rosette, solid spruce top, ebony fingerboard..every aspect of the construction of this guitar strives to emulate the Selmer quality.. original tailpiece and tuners that turn "backwards with replaced buttons. outfitted with a tortoise shell like pickguard..this guitar plays and sounds great.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1930's Sunburst

This is the only sunburst Busato guitar I have ever found. It is also one of the oldest. It has a 670mm scale, and the overall size of a Selmer, albeit shallower. It features a rosewood fingerboard, a solid spruce top, and what appears to be a maple back and sides. It is one of the lightest guitars I have ever held, but it comes with a tremendous amount of volume and outstanding sound. It is outfitted with a set of DR tuners and tailpiece. It is truly an extraordinary guitar. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1930's Grand Luxe

Circa 1938, this is truly an extraordinary guitar in every way... outstanding condition..rarity..playability and sound..and to crown all this, an original hardcase never seen before. most probably "decorated" at the request of the original owner, with his initials on the headstock. 675mm scale, 4.5 inches thick..a full inch thicker than a Selmer, solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, "decorated" and "radiused" ebony fingerboard, original BB tuners and tailpiece..no internal label..original "Grand Luxe" black finish. magnificent "accordeon trim" on the headstock. the top has no cracks but some pick wear. at some point in it's life, it had a "sous-touche" installed to correct the neck angle, ( a "simpler" way than ungluing the neck to reset it) and keep the original fingerboard. the case illustrates the likelihood that before the War, BB had his best cases made to absolutely duplicate the Selmer case. before this one, I had NEVER seen such a case in 35 years. were it not to the specific dimensions of the Busato, one might use it for a Selmer..!!! OHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's 14 fret.Oval Hole

"Grand Modele"...no serial, but with a paper label on the neck block as well as a "marque au fer" on the inside and the back of the headstock. rosewood back and sides, spruce top, walnut neck and ebony fingerboard. this model is the closest copy of the Selmer.. Busato made many variations.. this one is the right one. the guitar has a long repaired solid top crack, and many scratches, and it shows it's many gypsy lives, but it is the next best thing to an original Selmer for a lot less. outstanding gypsy sound. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's 14 Fret Oval Hole

"Grand Modele"... this guitar used to belong to Tony Weiss, and is featured in Francois Charle's book. Curly Mahogany Back and sides, solid European spruce top, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard, with brass frets. it has it's original BB tailpiece, and is fitted with a new set of DR tuners. It has a little area on top where wood filler was applied to hide a hole in the top The playability is perfect, and the sound is tremendous..Busato guitars rival with Selmer guitars, and this one is no exception.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's 14 Fret Oval Hole

"Grand Modèle"..This is most probably a near Post-War guitar, when materials are scarce..it came originally from Busato with a set of cheap individual tuners that turned backwards, and an even cheaper bent metal tailpiece. it now has a beautiful set of correct, albeit later, original BB tailpiece and tuners. with a paper label on the neck block with the "Cité Griset "address. most unusual "unrolled" Quilted Cypress back and sides, mahogany neck and thick rosewood fingerboard.. this is a "SUPERLATIVE'"guitar....the only one of it's kind I have ever seen..excellent playability and spot on Busato sound.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's 14 Fret Oval Hole

"Grand Modèle", Laminated Brazilian back and sides, this guitar sports the "Accordéon" jewels on the headstock, as the French call those "embellissements". unusual one piece Mahogany neck , with brazilian rosewood fingerboard. this guitar plays like butter and sings like a gypsy angel. Paper label on the neck block with the "Cité Griset" address. old style tuners that turn backwards and plain tailpiece. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's Grand Modèle Pantin

This is a beautiful example of the Grand Modèle. most probably built during the War times, or soon after..the neck is one Walnut piece construction.the fingerboard was replaced, and refretted..a couple of top cracks were repaired..the geometry of the top is like the first day..680 mm scale. this is an outstanding example of sound and playability. trace of the original paper label is on the neck block..originaly outfitted with cheap tuners and tailpiece (war restrictions) it now sports a set of BB tuners and tailpiece.THIS IS AGREAT GUITAR NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's 14 fret oval hole

"Grand Modele"..14 fret oval hole. spruce top, laminated rosewood back and sides, walnut neck with an ebony centre inset, and ebony fingerboard..this represents the next best thing to a Selmer...Busato guitars are rare.. few turn up and are much sought after by all gypsy players.. the playability is perfect, and the sound is pure vintage gypsy.. a true gem.. for lots less the the Selmer... NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's Grand Modèle du Passage

This is an OUTSTANDING example of the Grand Modele..laminated walnut back and sides..solid spruce top, ebony fingerboard, complete with the paper label and the headstock plaque as well as the tailpiece and original tuners.. it was refretted recently, and the playability is perfect..guitars like this one are the quintessential.. it is pure and beautiful..showing years of life but no abuse.. the sound is superb.. this is THE model that rivaled with the Selmer.. I have the original case that came with it with is SO rare..but it does not afford the needed protection, so it is coming also with a modern case..THIS IS A GREAT GUITAR NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's 14 Fret Oval Hole

"Grand Modele"....gorgeous example of a rare guitar.. this is the late production.. the comparative image of the Selmer and the Busato illustrates the intention to copy very closely the original.. many players in Europe think some Busato guitars are better than the Selmer originals..this one is in excellent original condition, with the tailpiece and the tuners..!!!.. 2 minor cracks on the top..big manly neck.. outstanding bark and volume. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's circa Grand Modele

This is an outstanding example of the Busato "Grand Modèle". illustrating why players as far back as before the War, where choosing this guitar over the much more expensive Selmer. the structure of the guitar is perfect.. the neck is straight..the original Brass frets in great shape..the "bombé" of the top as well as the back, are like the fisrt day, and the neck angle too. the finish on the back and sides is quite worn, and the top received an ever so thin French Polishing to seal it. It is sporting the original tuners, tailpiece, as well as the paper label on the neck block. the playability is perfect, and the sound is outstanding. plenty of bass and cristal highs. it is "miraculous" that this guitar suffered no "injuries" over the course of it's long life. the top is free of any cracks.. just a few nicks here and there.. it came in a wooden case that looks original to me..not something that was build by an amateur, but a rather well constructed and well fitting job..missing all of it's interior lining..keeping the guitar "suspended" by bits of cork..!! OHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's circa Grand Modele

the classic Grand Modele..laminated rosewood back and sides, outfitted with a set of period "clover-leaf" tuners that turn backwards..BB tailpiece.. chunky neck, with ebony fingerboard. outsatnding sound an playability the next best thing to a Selmer.. SOLD NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1940's circa Grand Modele

This is an outstanding example of the Busato "Grand Modèle". known as the "Bastille"...illustrating why players as far back as before the War, where choosing this guitar over the much more expensive Selmer. the structure of the guitar is perfect.. the neck is straight..the original "brass" finish frets in great shape..the "bombé" of the top as well as the back, are like the fisrt day, and the neck angle too. the finish on the back and sides is quite worn, and the top received an ever so thin French Polishing to seal it. It is sporting the original tuners, tailpiece, as well as the paper label on the neck block. the playability is perfect, and the sound is outstanding. plenty of bass and cristal highs. it is "miraculous" that this guitar suffered no "injuries" over the course of it's long life. the top is free of any cracks.. just a few nicks here and there.. it is simply outstanding..hard to top this one.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

195* TENOR

This is one nifty rare guitar.. sporting the headstock plaque with the Rue de Ménilmontant retail address. "Grand Modèle" body, with a silly little neck..!! solid spruce top, typical Busato neck construction, of mahogany with a little sandwich in the middle, Ebony fingerboard, and Brazilian laminated back and sides.. the back is a single gorgeous piece of Brazilian Rosewood, that hints at the wide logs they could get then.. several top cracks professionally repaired, 100% original, tuners tailpiece and finish.. great sounding and playing guitar, to complete a Gypsy Jazz combo..you'll be the proud owner, and for certain, the only one on your block..!!! NHS SOLD (BEST OF)

1950's 13.3 Fret D hole

this guitar further illustrates the Busato "Saga".. many models, many "innovations".. the cutaway, a departure from the gypsy tradition, might have been chosen to broaden the appeal to greater playing styles, and greater upper register access.. this guitar has the Busato "Marque au Fer" on the top, and the diamond plaque on the headstock with the retail address of the "Boulevard de Ménilmontant".. laminated Birdseye maple back and sides, solid spruce top, "standard" three piece neck construction. it has been refretted, and the binding has been reglued in one area..still with a beautiful set of BB tuners and tailpiece.. this is a fabulous playing and sounding guitar, with a broader than usual tonal range..This is the only one I have ever seen..simply outstanding condition.. you will be proud..!! NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1950's 14 Fret Oval

"Grand Modele"..beautiful Brazilian laminated back and sides..complete with paper label, tuners and tailpiece.. a bit of ugly cosmetic surgery on the soundhole...but what a killer sounding box..!! NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1950's 14 Fret Oval Hole

this is a beautiful late production Busato with the "rue de Menilmontant" address on the customary little plaque.. fancy "accordeon" headstock inlays, original BB tailpiece and tuners. grainy laminated Brazilian back and sides. the fingerboard was badly warped and needed to be replaced.. one noteworthy item about the top is that is was originally made of FIVE pieces..!! one can clearly see the lines.. a 2 piece bookmatched middle piece, and two "wing' pieces..hardly what one sees on a guitar today..but apparently an "acceptable" decision then..the top is absolutely solid, and maintains it's original arch and "pliage". the guitar sounds absolutely fantastic.. rating as one if not the best sounding Busato i have ever had.. the playability is perfect, and the neck angle is perfect and the action can be adjusted up or down.. a near miracle for one of these.. need i repeat that Busato guitars are considered by some to be the "nec plus ultra" of Gypsy guitars.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1950's 14 Fret Oval Hole

"Grand Modele"..this is a late production guitar with both the paper label inside, and the retail headstock plaque. a couple of very well repaired top cracks. the other lines are the often seen added "wings". Walnut neck with an Ebony fingerboard replaced and new frets. beautiful laminated Brazilian rosewood back and sides. complete with original set of BB tuners and tailppiece. like her other sisters, this is a great playing and sounding Busato.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1950's 14 Fret Oval Hole

"Grand Modele".. this is indeed the one everybody wants.. considered the "best" model he made.Beautiful Brazilian laminated back and sides. 3 piece European Spruce top, 3 piece Mahogany/Ebony neck with an Ebony fingerboard. no cracks, traces of 2 clear plastic pickguards installed and removed with just a little bit of finish off..PERFECT action, playability and sound.!! complete with the BB tuners and tailpiece, this guitar is 100% original and the Busato "Holy Grail"...!!!! NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1950'S D HOLE

12 Fret D hole, birdseye maple back and sides, solid spruce top, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. this is the first one i get. it's virtually weightless..and thus it is resonant and lively. good volume and bark. with several top cracks repaired, cleated and stable..this will make a super cool "pompe" guitar. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1950's Grand Modele

This guitar has a back and sides, that people in France, refer to as "Citronnier" everything to do with Citrus..!!! (thanks Bob) the name in fact is Ceylonese Satinwood...at some point in it's life, somebody "carved" a space near the end of the fingerboard to accomodate a Stimer..the neck angle being too shallow.. the neck is now reset, the top is repaired, the fingerboard and frets are new..the whole guitar has been "French Polished".. it is gorgeous and it is ready to go for decades to come..the action is perfect, the playbility is perfect, and the sound is outstanding. as a bonus it comes with all it's original bits. paper label on the neck block, headstock plaque, as well as the original tuners and tailpiece. you can own a gorgeous Grand Modele for a fraction of it's "normal" value. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1950's Grand Modele

Beautiful example of B.Busato's late production..the Grand Modele was and still is today the closest rival to the Selmer..Laminated Brazilian back and sides, spruce top with full "bombé", perfect neck angle, refretted so now the playability and action are spot on.. original paper label, and headstock plaque, perfect reissue tuners and tailpiece, this guitar plays and sounds tremendous.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

1950's Grand Modèle Erable

This is most probably the last version of the model..13.3/4 frets to the body..!! exactly like Michael Bauer's "Beast"..laminated birdseye maple back and sides, Grand Modèle, 680mm scale. gone is the 3 piece neck.. we have here a modern feel of a neck..there is a faint trace barely visible shadow of a pickguard. it still is outfitted with the the tuners that turn backwards and the original tailpiece. the guitar is crack free, the geometry is perfect. the instrument is practically weightless.. 100% original..no restoration of any kind.. superb playability and sound..you will not find a better example.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

early 40's 14 fret Oval hole

"Petit Modele"..with a Selmer style body but shallower depth. Apart from it's distinctive signature "egg shaped" oval hole, the rest of the guitar follows closely..outstsanding sound and playability.. this one is made of laminated rosewood back and sides.. solid spruce top..ebony fingerboard.. walnut neck with a grafted headstock.. the guitar had the neck reset at some point, the frets were changed, and the whole guitar has a thin thin layer of French polish..it is outfitted with a set of of DR tuners and tailpiece. this is the next best thing to an original Selmer, and the only one I have ever had... NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

early 40's

when was the last time you saw a case that was made of laminated wood that resembles a "Camenbert" box..?? or a case that has a label that suggests the owner sailed on the "France"..?? the French unsunken version of Titanic..!! well feast your eyes on such a case.. it houses a Busato guitar..made most probably around the War.. it has the same dimension of the Selmer guitar but shallower..one distinctive feature is the "egg shaped" soundhole..only the second such guitar i have ever had.. 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 playabiity is spot on and the sound is "superbe".. OHSC SOLD (BEST OF)

early50's 14 fret oval hole

I am going out on a limb on this one.. and there is little to back me up other than physical evidence.. this guitar, in my opinion is likely to be the last style Busato ever built.. and the likely influence to Jacques Favino's classic model.. the ressemblance between the two guitars is undeniable.. same shape.. same dimensions.. Jacques Favino knew Bartolomeo Busato... you draw your own conclusions.. it has a solid spruce top, laminated maple back and sides..classic Busato neck and headstock shape, with a rosewood fingerboard..when I got this guitar it had no tuners,no tailpiece, no strings.. now it has a beautiful set of DR tuners/tailpiece and some strings..!! the result is outstanding.. this is the loudest Busato I've ever had..a lot of gypsy life..and much much more to give.. NHSC SOLD (BEST OF)