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Hello Folks..Players..Collectors..Aficionados.. I have posted some very interesting items recently.. this update is to remind you that I, as I have for the last 30 years...yes..30 years..been bringing the most interesting fresh instruments..not just recycling what I brought 30..20..10 years ago, but new old guitars and amps..DO NOT hesitate to reach out..I am willing to combat the rising inflation, by not raising my prices.. bien au contraire..!! but with a desire to listen to offers..trades ( only if I want your guitars..!! cool American Vintage guitars also welcome)..suggestions..rants..and everything else.. cheers..!!! Jacques


1950 "Gypsy Mystery"

Stimer Amps

1949 Selmer Petite Bouche #823

Busato 1942 Grand Modèle #44

Circa 1950's Castelluccia 14-Fret D HOLE

1970's Favino Petite Bouche

1960's Di Mauro Heartshape


Favino Guitars Myth

I wish to shed some light on the "Jacques Favino Model." Too often people, confuse the model he created, with whose hands actually built it. At the peak of production in the Mid 1970's, 4 people worked alongside each other, building the "Jacques Favino Model": Jacques Favino, Jean Pierre Favino, Ugo Terraneo, and Gino Papiri. When Jacques and Gino retired in 1978, Jean Pierre and Ugo continued to build the "Jacques Favino Model" indistinguishable from the guitars built by the four of them.

In 1984, Ugo retired, and Jean Pierre introduced his own model. So in actual fact, when misinformed people label the guitars built between 1978 and 1984 "Jean Pierre" guitars they are WRONG! Those guitars were the "Jacques Favino Model" built by 4 hands instead of 8.

When Jean Pierre stopped making his Father's model, and introduced his own model that guitar became the "Jean Pierre Favino Model." In my "Best of Gallery" one can see an example of a 1984 "Jacques Favino Model" made by Jean Pierre. From 8 hands down to two hands, but the very same guitar.

Celebrating over 30 Years of the Best and Rarest Vintage Gypsy Guitars in the US

Download a PDF of our profile from a recent issue of the French magazine Vintage Guitare.


Here is a copy of a recent "Vintage Vertigo." Edited in France, it's 130 full-color pages. This gorgeous archival magazine is published by François Charle, Andre Duchossoir and Arnaud Legrand with articles on the Epiphone Zephyr Emperor, Harry Volpe, Mary Kaye, Post-War Selmer guitars, Gibson Electric Banjos, Thomas Dutronc's collection, 1939 Martin 00-42, Gretsch innovations, Mike Lewis, Gibson ES-250, Banjo Ukuleles, Fender Esquire, Parlor Guitars, Alvino Rey,Cherry Picking, Favino, Di Mauro, Jacobacci.