For #ThrowbackThursday today we’re celebrating master luthier Mario Maccaferri whose unorthodox design has become iconic.

14 - mario maccaferriCommercialised by manufacturer Selmer between 1932-34, and hence frequently known as the Selmer Maccaferri, the grande bouche was designed to accommodate Macceferri’s patented internal resonator.  However due to rattles and buzzes (thought to be down to a production error) most were removed by the players.

Although Maccaferri broke his ties with Selmer in 1934, Selmer continued to manufacture the iconic guitar 1952.  The Maccaferri grande bouche was, and is, the standard instrument for the gypsy rhythm guitarist and was used in Django’s Quintette du Hot Club de France.  Gypsy jazz players usually couple the guitar with light, silver-plated, copper-wound Argentine strings made by Savarez (call us to buy)

Please note that whilst none of our Dupont Maccaferri guitars come fitted with a resonator box, should you want to reproduce the original “original” design, Maurice will make a Maccaferri with one for you.  Click the link to view in stock models, others are available on request:

The picture is of Mario Maccaferri playing his creation.