Stimer Gypsy Jazz Combo
By the late '40s, there was a new route to volume - electric pickups and amplifiers. French radio engineer Yves Guen and his brother, Jean, unveiled their first guitar pickups in 1946; the the Stimer P46 and R46. The 46 Series Stimer prototypes were superceded in 1948 by the ST48 pickup and a six-watt Stimer M6 amplifier. These were closely followed by the S51 pickup and 10-watt M10 and 12-watt M12 amps. To promote the Stimer brand, the Guen family naturally turned to Django. In a 1952 photo session, Django was shown in his Samois-sur-Seine cottage, beaming with joy as he played his new electrified Selmer. He used a similar setup performing at Paris Club Saint-Germain. After years pounding out his acoustic jazz with a muscular right wrist, Django must have rejoiced at the glorious ease of this sudden volume, playing his new bebop with a loud, overdriven sound reverberating off the club's stone walls. Now, you too can re-live those pioneering days with the iconic design and unique Stimer sound brought to you by Maurice Dupont.