Selmer plus Maccaferri equals Gypsy Jazz Guitar

The guitars most associated with Django Reinhardt and Gypsy jazz are those made by the Selmer Company, a French instrument maker. Selmer didn’t make or sell guitars until Mario Maccaferri came to work for the company. Maccaferri designed the “grande bouche” (big mouth) Selmer. The guitar has a large “D”…

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The Ukulele

Before I played guitar, I played ukulele. Because it was my first instrument I’ve retained a special love for the uke. The ukulele is a great starter instrument for children. Small hands are not a problem on the ukulele. It is a fun instrument for people of all ages. It…

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Scale Length: Myth and Math

In a recent article I described how the scale length of the post Maccaferri Selmer Gypsy Jazz Guitar was increased from the original design. The reason Selmer did this was because (all other things being equal) a longer scale length creates more string tension which increases vibrations of the guitar…

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Unusual Guitar Materials

Traditionally guitars are made of wood. Obviously. But guitars have also been built from a large variety of materials which are not solid woods. The following list is not meant to be a complete list of guitars built from non-standard materials (although I welcome other examples). And although my previous…

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Four pre-1950 Jazz Guitarists you should know

It’s time for a history lesson. Today’s subject: Early Jazz Guitarists. Our source material comes from YouTube where you can find filmed examples of most of the great¬†guitarists starting in the second half of the Twentieth Century.¬†There is a problem finding examples of earlier jazz guitarists who were filmed playing…

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