This guitar is nothing short of a dream come true! A 2018 Selmer transitional model guitar built with meticulous adherence to the original 1930s models. No detail was overlooked in the construction of this guitar. Hardware, label, headstock logo, woods, bracing, binding, etc are all indistinguishable from the originals. The guitar features Indian rosewood back and sides, spruce top, and a walnut neck. As you'd expect, the top was constructed using the heat bending method originally employed by Selmer (most Gypsy guitars today have force bent tops which results in a different type of bend and sound.) This guitar was also skillfully antiqued to give it the look and feel of 1930s era Selmer.
Jean is no newcomer to building exacting replicas of Selmer guitars. In honor of Django's 100th birthday (January 23, 2010) the Selmer corporation had the idea to reissue 10 more Selmer guitars. They approached one of the most accomplished luthiers in France and had him build two prototypes. The first one, #881, is now owned by Bireli Lagrene. The second prototype (#943) was sold by us years ago. Jean also built a Selmer Maccaferri Replica for the 2017 film Django which we sold this year.
Selmer was very impressed with these replicas but in the end decided it was too much trouble to get back into the guitar business after all these years.
This rare model is based on the transitional model Selmers built in the years around 1934-1935. These models were experiments that blended features of the previous grand bouche Maccaferri design with what would eventually become the later petite bouche model. Django used this model in the legendary J'Attendrei video. There are numerous photos of Django holding this model in the mid to late 1930s.