Antoine Di Mauro

Antoine Di Mauro Special Chorus 1940/1950's

Antoine Di Mauro was born in 1900 in Catania.
He is the brother of Joseph Di Mauro "senior" (1893-1966), and father of Joseph Di Mauro "junior" (1932-2001).
Before arriving in Paris in 1934, he was already manufacturing guitars and mandolins in Catania. Once he arrived in Paris, he continued his activity as a luthier by setting up his workshop at the back of a furniture store in the 20th arrondissement. A few years later, in 1936, he opened his first workshop, Impasse Rançon. Then after moving in 1942, he settled at 47 Rue de la Réunion in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, in his famous workshop bearing the sign: "LUTHERIE MODERNE".

Di Mauro guitars met with great success from the time.
Particularly the Selmer Maccaferri type jazz guitar models like the Saint Louis Blues, the Boogie-Woogie and Special Chorus that Antoine Di Mauro created.

Many famous artists of the time played on a Di Mauro guitar: Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, Henri Salvador, Sacha Distel, Jacques Higelin, Pat Metheny and of course Django Reinhardt.

Here, this model is a Chorus, certainly dating from the 1940s/1950s.

This is THE model created by Antoine Di Mauro, as indicated. A model particularly appreciated by musicians and very popular.

With these 14 frets outside the body, it is the perfect guitar for soloists.

This model has a beautiful patina on a pretty table spruce and a beautiful mahogany back.

An additional feature is these period SB type tuners which are also found on Busato guitars.

Technical characteristics :
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple / Rosewood / Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Width at nut: 46 mm
  • Radius: 14"
  • Frets: 20 frets (+ one 0 fret)
  • Scale: 24.75" (628 mm)
  • Profile: D
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Country of manufacture: France, Paris
  • Year: 1950's
  • Finishing : Natural
  • Decorations: 6-ply white binding at the table edge / 1-ply white binding at the bottom edge / White diamond key markers / 15th fret marker
  • Details: Slight crack repaired at the bottom right of the table / Slight break in the base repaired / Traces of wear and dings / Delivered in cover

Like all our instruments, this guitar is fully restored and tuned.

This guitar has a pleasant playing comfort, it is played very easily.

With very good sound definition, a projective, powerful, well-balanced sound with beautiful bass that balances with the mids/treble, this guitar will be perfect for all fans of gypsy guitars and jazz guitars!

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