The ’3′ models
I discriminate 3 models:
- Selmer style, oval sound hole guitar, with (silk &) steel strings.
5 parallel sound braces, 67 cm scale length, 14 frets clear to the body.
- Selmer/Maccaferri style, D-shaped sound hole guitar, with (silk &) steel strings.
version 2A: 4 parallel sound braces, 64 scale length, 12 frets clear to the body.
version 2B: 5 parallel sound braces, 67 cm scale length, 14 frets clear to the body.
- Favino style, oval sound hole guitar, with (silk &) steel strings.
4 sound braces, wider body.
The first two models form the basis. My other models are all modifications based on these these guitar models. They can have ‘f’ sound holes (model Amati), or a round sound hole (model Solitude), or nylon strings (model Finesse); all with the purpose to offer the customer a different the sound.
> Oval sound hole
If you are interested in an oval sound hole guitar, these are your options:
- Nympheas (Selmer style)
- Stochelo Rosenberg Signature Model (Selmer style)
- Antique (Selmer style)
- Quatre (Favino style)
The Stochelo Rosenberg Signature Model and model Antique are exact Selmer copies. The oval sound hole guitar has an aggressive and clear sound with that typical punchy treble as known from Django Reinhardt ‘s music. I often heard people complain about oval sound hole guitars that they sound like a ‘tin can’!! In response to this I can say that some guitars indeed do so, but only if they are not build correctly. With my guitars you don’t have to worry about this. The small oval sound hole contributes largely to this acoustic character. And because of its rather penetrating sound, for many guitarists, this guitar proves to be their choice for a solo instrument.
Model Nympheas has a slightly deeper body to enhance the bass part of the guitar. It still has the punchy treble though. Because of the deeper bass sound this guitar is especially suitable for both solo and rhythm playing. It’s an all round guitar.
Model Quatre has a wider and bigger body than the two other models mentioned above, and 4 sound braces that support the top. This gives the guitar its own character which deviates from the Selmer sound. It does have a clear and penetrating treble, but also a more delicate mid and low range. More ‘warm’or ‘fat’. This guitar is favored by both solo and rhythm players.
> D-shaped sound hole
Originally the D-shaped sound hole guitar (designed by Mario Maccaferri) had 4 sound braces and a short scale length of 64 cm, 12 frets clear to the body (like many classical guitars). I offer 3 models with this setup.
If your interest goes out to a D-hole guitar, these are the options:
- Nous’che Rosenbrg Signature Model
- Antique D
The large D-shaped sound hole enables the sound waves to leave the sound chamber (body) more easily. The shorter scale causes less string tension and the fret positions are closer together (less finger spread). So the guitar is easier to play. The guitar has 12 frets clear to the body. This could be a drawback when you are playing solo parts, because the higher positions of the guitar are more difficult to play. These guitars are often used as rhythm guitar. They are very loud, well balanced but with a profound bass sound, and are easy to play.
- Pizzarelli (long scale modification)
The long scale D-hole model is a modification of the short scale D-hole model mentioned above. The guitar has a scale length of 67 cm and 5 sound braces underneath the top, similar to the oval sound hole models. Consequently, the higher string tension and the additional 5-th sound brace change the acoustic character of the D sound hole guitar. Personally, I think it’s the best of both worlds. The guitar has 14 frets clear of the body so higher positions can be played more easily. It combines the oval sound hole features with those of the short scale D hole. From an acoustic point of view this is a very versatile instrument, suitable for playing both solo and rhythm, as well as all kinds of other music styles.
> Other models
I developed these models in order to offer customers the possibility to refine their choice, or to have more ‘sound flavours’ to choose from.
- Amati (F sound hole)
- Solitude (round sound hole)
- Finesse (classical nylon string)
- Mini Mac (small size Selmers style)
- Vola (acoustic bas)
- EG-670 (arch top)
Model Amati has a sophisticated sound, by some players indicated as a more ‘dry’ jazzy sound. When you are used to play an arch top guitar, for instance, this might be a great transition model to enter the world of gypsy jazz.
Model Solitude has a round sound hole. The sound is bright with lots of volume. A transition model from a dreadnought guitar.
Finesse is a tribute to Mario Maccaferri. It’s a classical guitar, nylon strings, with a exceptional projection.
The Mini Mac models are made for kids who are determined to learn to play gypsy music, but also for adults that like to have a smaller size guitar, e.g. when travelling. The Mini Mac can be build in two different sizes.
Model Vola is an acoustic bass guitar. There are two versions available: with frets and without (fretless version).
Finally, the EG670 archtop. A semi-acousic jazz guitar with a scale length of 67 cm, with a body shaped like a Selmer style guitar. I developed this guitar especially for players who are used to the long scale length of 67 cm, similar to their gypsy guitar. Now they can play archtop guitar with the same ‘feel’ and finger stretching as on their Selmer style guitar.
> Customized guitars
One of the biggest advantages you have when ordering a guitar is the possibility to give your personal input before I start constructing your guitar. We can personally, or through e-mail or by phone, discuss and determine exactly what you want: the kind of wood(s) to use for top, sides & back, neck and fretboard; dimensions of the neck, the hardware (tuners, strings, tailpiece, pickup/amplifiers), and the type/color of finish (lacquer).
When you order your guitar, it can be standard made according to the specified description given for each guitar model, including the materials suggested, unless if you have any special customized requests. The advantages of a hand crafted customized guitar is that there is lots of freedom and opportunity for your personal input like choice of woods, hardware like tuners or pickups, finish (clear, vintage orange, Antique, or ‘sun burst’ lacquer), dimensions/shape of the neck, inlays (e.g. mother of pearl), and so on. By customizing your guitar in this way, your guitar will become a truly unique instrument.