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Maurice Dupont Vieille reserve #006

Used – Excellent
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Paris, France
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Hey guys, time for me to move on and to sell this insane gypsy guitar i've used on many gigs with the Romain Vuillemin Quartet in Paris France. It includes a Dupont big tone piezzo pickup in the bridge, plug and play !! Great sounding example since it's one of the 1st of Dupont's Vieille reserve, the highest gypsy model he does. (See Bireli playing #001 on jazz a vienne in youtube). Have a listen to the link enclosed to hear me modestly demo the beast ! The guitar is in Paris, a good reason for you to come visit and bring back a fantastic instrument ! Otherwize i can pack it safely and ship it worldwide !!

More detailed infos :

SN# 006
Body size at lower bout: 15 3/4" (400mm). Scale length: 26 3/8" (470mm) Nut Width: 1 11/16" (43mm) Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .86/.94 (22-24mm)

Materials: Solid spruce top; rosewood laminate back and sides; solid walnut neck; solid ebony fingerboard; 5 ply body binding

Hardware: All original gold hardware including DM tailpiece and tuners, solid Brazilian rosewood bridge, clear scratchplate, adjustable truss rod.

Notes: From his workshop in Cognac, in southwestern France, Maurice Dupont remains the most prestigious name among contemporary gypsy guitar luthiers, and his instruments are renowned as meticulously faithful recreations of the original Selmer orchestra guitars. Maurice was an apprentice of the legendary Gypsy guitar maker Jacques Favino, and in 1986 he began building his own Selmer style guitars which quickly became the most popular choice of professional Gypsy guitarists. Countless Gypsy stars including Raphael Fays, Biréli Lagrène, Tchavolo Schmitt, and Romane have played Dupont guitars which appear on hundreds of recordings.This spectacular instrument is an example of his top-shelf offering, the Vieille Reserve, a limited edition of Dupont's long scale 'petit bouche' guitar, as played by Django himself. This ultra-premium model has been used by such illustrious modern performers as Birelli Lagrene, Romane, and Patrick Saussois, among other top players worldwide.

This particular one is from the first batch, since it’s number 006. From playing many vieille reserves, i feel a huge difference between the first ones and the more recent ones. I guess the wood is also more interesting in the first ones, since they were built from an old stock of wood that Maurice acquired from the Di Mauro workshop when they closed down.

The top is crafted of solid spruce some 60 years in age. The soundboard is bent over a hot iron, in the traditional 'pliage' method of construction. The top has a tiny little deformation near the oval hole, just as i've seen on vintage selmers, but it's barely noticeable (maybe 1mm), only expert could notice. It is perfectly stable and doesn't affect the playing. My luthier told me that it could have happened in the very first weeks since most of the guitars settle down to find their own definitive position in the first days of their lives. It's so small that it cannot even be seen in the video.

The instrument is notably lightweight and well balanced, and the solid black walnut neck is handsomely flamed, with a comfy, slightly flattened D profile, and smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup. With all original finish and gold hardware, the instrument appears virtually unplayed, free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. The voice is clear and brilliant, with exceptional power and projection, and headroom to burn, with outstanding dynamic range.

The instrument is supplied with hard case. With tone, playability and extravagant good looks, the Vielle Reserve is simply as good as it gets: a true handbuilt masterpiece.

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Listed2 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
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