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Selmer Petite Bouche Django Set Stimer Pickup & Selmer Amp 1948

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The legendary Django Reinhardt mainly played Selmer guitars throughout his impeccable career, and Mr. Reinhardt bought a Selmer, number # 708, in 1948. Not much later that year, this specimen, number # 753, left Henri Selmer's workshop.
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Pre-owned Instrument with: 1 Year Warranty
Condition: Good
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Selmer Petite Bouche Django Set Stimer Pickup & Selmer Amp 1948

Behold. A Selmer Petite Bouche from 1948. This oval hole gypsy-jazz guitar might be one of the most influential acoustic guitars that we have had in our shop to date. The legendary Django Reinhardt played Selmer guitars throughout his career, his famous selmer, number #503, is the guitar that he played from 1940 when he got the guitar until his death in 1953. But, less known is that Mr. Reinhardt purchased another Selmer, number #708, in 1948, this specimen, number #753, was produced not much later that year and sold in 1949. 

And it is a remarkable guitar. Despite it aged looks with plenty of patina, wear and tear, it's actually in wonderful crack-free condition except for the treble side that shows a patch from a double crack. Otherwise it's in an exceptionally clean, good condition. The arching of the top is still like how it left the factory, which is rather rare, this plays an important role in the characteristic projection of it's unique tone. In my personal opinion it is also one of the most characteristic looking guitar that has come through the shop here, maybe due to the fact that the former owner used beeswax to maintain the guitar. 

The frets have been replaced, which makes the playing experience a great one, the A and the B knobs of the tuners have been replaced. Furthermore, the guitar is entirely original; the bridge and tailpiece are original and even the felt of the tailpiece is original. Even the original frets come with the guitar.

On top of this being an amazingly impressive guitar, it was purchased as a set with at Stimer pickup and a Selmer amplifier. Both the pickup and the amplifier are in a good condition. Exactly the set that Django Played.


Body Shape: Petite Bouche
Finish: Stained finish
Dimensions: Lower bout : 40 cm - 15 3/4"
Depth        : 10.3 cm -  4 1/16"
Body Material: Laminated Brazilian Rosewood
Top Material: Solid Spruce
Handedness: Right

Body Details:

Rosewood binding, multistripe purfling & rosette.
Neck Material: Mahogany
Neck Profile: D-shape
Fingerboard Material: Ebony 
Fingerboard Radius: 16"
Neck Details: Pearloid Dot inlay
Nutwidth: 44.8 mm - 1 3/4
Scale Length: 670 mm - 26 3/8"
String spacing: 54.5 mm - 2 1/8"
Bridge: Ebony with original tailpiece
Tuners: Original closed back
Pickup: Stimer Pickup
Condition: Good
Cosmetic Condition: Played and worn by all those years, but well taken care off. The former owner treated her with bees wax which gives this Selmer its worn exterior. 
There are two repaired spots/cracks that were done quite some time ago, and are located on the treble side. One is bigger and filled with an overlaid patch.
Tech Notes: Nice setup and playability that results in astounding tone.
Travels in: Newer hardshell case
Accessories: Stimer pickup and Selmer Amp