Antoine Di Mauro

Antoine Di Mauro Saint Louis Blues Deluxe 1960'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 1960s. With these 14 frets outside the body, it is the perfect guitar for soloists.

It should be noted that beyond the superb state of conservation, we will notice the very pretty wood used in its construction.

In addition to all this, it presents a very practical and yet rare feature, especially on guitars of this style of the time: an adjustable bridge.

Technical characteristics :
  • Top: Spruce
  • Base: Maple
  • Sides: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Width at nut: 41 mm
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Frets: 21 frets (+ 1 zero fret)
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Profile: “D”
  • Country of manufacture: France, Paris
  • Year: 1960's
  • Finish: Natural
  • Decorations: White/red and ebony plastic nets.
  • Details: Slight table crack on the left side of the key repaired and fixed / Light signs of wear and tear normal for its age

This copy is in excellent condition for its age.

Typical sound of gypsy guitars of the time, with beautiful projection and a vintage timbre!

Delivered in a semi-rigid cover .

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