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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Bob Becker asked for a gypsy guitar with a parlor guitar size body, that is 14-1/2″ on the lower bout.   At first, I was skeptical, but Bob clearly knows his gypsy guitars owning both an Henri Selmer petite bouche and a Selmer Maccafferi Gran Bouche.   After some discussion, we figured it was worth a shot.   The result is a little guitar that thinks it is a big guitar.   Small in size but mighty in its voice.   Bob says “its a banjo killer!”.  But also has great tone separation and clarity as well as enough complexity to be interesting while crushing banjos.     I’m grateful to Bob for his trust and confidence to go forward with this unique design.

Parlor size body (370mm x 472mm), 640mm scale.   European spruce top braced late Selmer style, Birdseye maple back and sides.   Butternut neck with walnut spline.   Nickel silver frets, ebony fingerboard.   Other than the narrower body, she’s all gypsy.