Key to the sound of the genre are the unique guitars Django used, which were made by Selmer, originally under the direction of Mario Maccaferri. These guitars remain extremely coveted by jazz manouche enthusiasts today. Selmer produced fewer than a thousand of this type of guitar when they were made between around and , but by that point, a number of other builders had adopted the style. Like Maccaferri, Di Mauro immigrated to France from Italy where had built classical guitars and mandolins. Setting up shop in Paris, Di Mauro was one of many luthiers that focused on building guitars based on the earlier Selmer templates to serve the many jazz musicians of the city. These guitars were designed to project and be heard through the rest of a hot jazz combo, as well as the noisy clatter of a Parisian cafe.
All the guitars are traditionally hand crafted by Leo. On this website you can find all the information you need about the Selmer style guitars he makes. Pictures, technical descriptions and sound clips of each model. There is also a lot of background information about the original Selmer guitars, amplification and the musicians that play on Eimers Guitars, like Stochelo Rosenberg, Boulou and Elios Ferre, Wawau Adler and Robin Nolan. The best learning moments for the craftsmanship of guitar construction, I experienced from adjusting and restoring guitars like Selmer, Favino, Busato, Castelluccia, Di Mauro and many others.
Submit a Review. This is it, the guitar that started it all! Vintage Selmer guitars have been studied for decades by the best luthiers in the world, but one has yet to create a guitar with the tonal refinement and projection of a vintage one such as this. Only the perfect mix of old world luthiery, select woods, and over fifty years of age can yield the astounding tone and projection that this instrument posses. This one is really a dream come true as it has everything you could ever want in a vintage Selmer: Pristine condition, outstanding tone and projection, and the easy playability you'd expect of a contemporary instrument.
Guys from Ocean Boulevard Jeff has Model XO. Hope to see you from Thursday to Sunday in Fontainebleau festival.