Antoine Di Mauro

Antoine Di Mauro Saint Louis Blues 1950's (Gypsy Guitar)

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 Saint Louis Blues, certainly dating from the early 1950s. With these 14 frets outside the body, it is the perfect guitar for soloists.

This model has a very beautiful patina on a pretty top spruce top and a superb curly maple veneer back.

Technical characteristics :

  • Top: Spruce
  • Base: Maple
  • Sides: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood (14 frets excluding body)
  • Width at nut: 45 mm
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Frets: 20 frets (+ 1 zero fret)
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Profile: “D”
  • Country of manufacture: France, Paris
  • Year: 1950's
  • Finish: Natural
  • Decorations: White/red and ebony plastic nets.
  • Details: Traces of old microphone or pickguard fixings filled in.

With a very straight neck, the adjustment of this guitar could be done perfectly.

The action is low, the playing comfort is really very pleasant.

With a deep sound, mids/treble which balances very well with nice bass, this guitar will be perfect for all fans of gypsy guitars and jazz guitars.

Delivered in a cover.

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