08-11-2012 06:32 AM
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08-11-2012 11:18 AM
Zetor, like you, I love gypsy jazz but don't play that style. I'm also an amature guitar builder and have been fascinated by the construction of Sel-Mac style guitars. They are very different from all of the other types of guitars - they are ladder braced tailpiece instruments and feature a weird little bend in the top called a "pilage" (or something similar). There are a few small builders making them and at least one or two larger companies - I believe that Gitane is considered one of the best affordable manufacture.
There are a couple of things to be aware of. First, the opinion is that these things are wonderful for what they are made for - playing Django style of music in a group. They don't do other things as well - in other words, you might be disappointed in their sound for solo fingerstyle or even just contemporary jazz. This was an interesting discussion on one of the lutherie forums
If you do get on, please post pictures, sound clips, a review and anything else about it.
08-11-2012 11:28 PM
08-12-2012 04:34 AM
08-12-2012 04:38 AM
08-12-2012 11:01 AM
I liked that! Edit: The Czech company Furch makes some interesting Sel-Mac models that are somewhat realistically priced: http://en.euroguitar.com/guitar/mod/furch/la-gitan
FWIW, here is a crappy clip of my crappy playing ("Blue in Green" - I did not master the tune yet): http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...songID=7509 123
08-12-2012 11:16 AM
08-13-2012 12:04 AM
Traditionally, the Grande Bouche has a shorter scale and a "richer" tone (eg. more harmonics, less focussed on fundamentals). It is also supposed to have a wider angle of projection, and maybe a weaker attack. Because of these qualities it tends to be used more as a rhythm instrument. It is also supposed to be a more versatile instrument (it is the original Maccaferri design, intended to be a classical guitar). The Petite Bouche traditionally has a longer scale (670 mm, i.e. 2.2cm longer than a strat): more focussed tone, more directional projection, stronger attack and better note separation (?), making it it the instrument of choice for many soloists (it cuts through better). This said, many luthiers take some liberties with the tradition, and all sorts of guitars can now be found : short scale petite bouche, long scale (and 14 frets) grande bouche, etc... so things are not as black and white any more and you will see quite a few soloists occasionally play on a grande bouche (Bireli is one of them). Some say the 14 fret grande bouche models are the best of both worlds... I've never tried one. Just go try some and make up your mind: it is ultimately a matter of taste. You should not have much trouble finding djangoboxes in Finland. AJL is supposed to make some very good (albeit pricy) ones. Furch has a very good reputation for flat top guitars, I did not know they were making djangoboxes now (I'm happy with my Levoi, so stopped paying attention to GJ builders 4-5 years ago). :idk:
Pascal, do you have thoughts about the differences of grande bouche vs. petite bouche soundholes? I understand that people use the ones with D-holes for rhythm whereas the oval ones are more for lead players.
08-13-2012 10:22 AM
08-13-2012 12:20 PM
And that's OK: not everyone has to be a cowboy. There's enough of them already. Another cool thing about Djangoboxes is that you can clip a pickup on them and they still sound cool: [video=youtube;O16WnpBYYUQ]http://www.youtube.com/
They are not great for strumming cowboy chords
08-13-2012 12:39 PM
Just go try some and make up your mind: it is ultimately a matter of taste. You should not have much trouble finding djangoboxes in Finland. AJL is supposed to make some very good (albeit pricy) ones. Furch has a very good reputation for flat top guitars, I did not know they were making djangoboxes now (I'm happy with my Levoi, so stopped paying attention to GJ builders 4-5 years ago).
08-13-2012 12:51 PM
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