1942 Petite Bouche #575
This guitar belongs in the "Pantheon of Gypsy Players"...This is Roger Chaput's guitar..everybody will wonder why on earth the "transformation" to a round hole.. why the "marquettry..why the pickguard..??
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... 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..
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 was his guitar..
1946 Petite Bouche #619
This guitar left the Mantes la Jolie worshop on the 30th of October 1946, and was sold to a certain Mr Delavaux on the 14th of February 1947 and is part of the batch of
35 guitars made somewhat differently than the rest of them..traditionally, the back and sides were made of rosewood, with grafted headstocks and walnut necks..
this one is made of beautiful Honduras mahogany, with a solid non grafted headstock Honduras mahogany neck, with an ebony fingerboard. it is in the purest condition.. nothing was changed or done to this guitar.. no cracks anywhere but an obvious sign of serious "pompe"...it even still has the original factory bridge..
the sound and playability is outstanding, and it is quite a treat to have a guitar that never had anything done since it left the factory 68 years ago..
it came in the original case that did not afford it the necessary protection, so it is now in a new modern case, but i will be glad to give the original one as well..
THIS IS A GREAT GUITAR NHSC $35,000.00
1949 Petite Bouche #717
this is a gorgeous guitar in every way..beautiful condition..beautiful sound and playability.. and as always..hard to find in any condition NHSC $30,000.00