1938 Bouche Ronde #448
This guitar is part of a batch of unfinished guitars that was left from the Maccaferri era.. the decision was made at the Atelier to complete the "left over" bodies and build them with a "simpler traditional" Round Hole Bouche..in the Selmer log it is marked as having been sold to a Mr Montreux (or sent to the city of) on 27/10/1938.
the guitar shows it's gypsy life..with several well repaired top cracks..it also has been refretted, and now plays like a dream.
It has a big open voice, broader sounding than the oval. only half a dozen have surfaced in all the years..it is truly a special guitar.. with an even more attractive price now.. NHSC $17,500.00
1942 Petite Bouche #575
This guitar belongs in the "Pantheon of Gypsy Players"...This is Roger Chaput's Petite Bouche..many will wonder why on earth the "transformation" to a round hole.. why the "marquettry..why the pickguard..?? he was a Musician, a Painter, a Sculptor..an Artist with a capital A, and there is no doubt that he tried his hand at "Lutherie" as well..
Mr Chaput is no longer with us to answer these questions..he was the first and BEST Gadjo guitar player to play with Django..he does have a place in that small Pantheon..a very elite spot along with Henri Crolla, Didi Duprat and Loulou Gasté....I lifted a couple of shots of Roger with Django when they were both playing Maccaferri D holes... The guitar sounds and plays great..it is part of the 500 series guitars..where we find all the best sounding ones..although it is far enough down that series, that the Atelier might have decided that 5 tone bars under the top was "better" than 4...and i am convinced that Roger Chaput went to the shop Place Dancourt to choose the one he liked...and this is it.. it sounds absolutely fantastic..perhaps the best sounding one I ever had.. and that, dear readers, is saying something..
The neck was reset and the fingerboard refretted..so the action and playability are perfect..
Roger Chaput was a musicien and an artist... he was part of the primary scene, and so is this guitar..