Exceptional Gypsy Guitar
Attributed to Castelluccia 1940/1950
For sale. Contact me. Serious enquiries only.
Look at the following pictures, and enjoy watching a real beauty. This is an exceptionally playing and sounding instrument. It is attributed to Castelluccia who made this special model. The rope binding is typical of Castelluccia although Busato made them also occasionally. This Castelluccia special has a 675 mm string length from zero nut to bridge, a 39.4 cm width at the lower bout and 10 cms thickness of the body. It has 5 bars under the table and 3 bars on the back as Busato Grand Model. Braces are V shaped like Busato and body binding shape is like Busato.The 5 piece neck is typical of Jacques Favino.
Huge sound, huge bombeed pliage on the top and huge bombe on the back.
The guitar comes with its original wooden case, a rare feature done exclusively by Busato for high end guitars.
So, we claim it is a Castelluccia with a certain suspicion it is a Busato.
The top is made in a superb european spruce, back and sides in a terrific walnut, very figured.
A European website belonging to Benoît de Bretagne, one of the best gypsy guitars experts and luthier in the world shows a guitar with the same 5 piece neck and fret board side decoration attributed to Busato (see two pictures below).
Look at this D Hole Busato owned by my friend Patrick Bitane (pictures). It has rope binding and fret board sides decoration as on this Castelluccia.
In September 2013 a similar guitar was found in Italy. Look at the 9 pictures below.
For sale, a great 14 frets Moyen Model Paul Beuscher from the fifties, all renovated by Martin Tremblay. For 2000$, real cheap. ASK PICTURES and SOUND CLIPS BY EMAILING to firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to these sound clips and ask Martin Tremblay his opinion about this guitar. Unfortunately gypsy music players feel they play or sound better with an oval sound hole guitar or even a D Hole guitar, and they do not care much about round sound holes. I will avoid writing what I think about this turn-
I bought this guitar from France for 500 euros, had it shipped here, paid 1,750$ additionnal to Martin Tremblay to put it as new, I am adding a new case so if you know how to count I am losing on it. Its your luck to jump on this opportunity. If you do not want it I will keep it for myself and I hope you enjoy your 5,000$ guitar as much.
Mid 1950’s Paul Beuscher Moyen Model 14 frets Gypsy Vintage Guitar
The golden period of gypsy guitars made in France in the Parisian area or in Mirecourt by Sicilian French, Italian or French luthiers was spread between 1938 and the mid 60’s. Almost all of these guitars, even the ones that survived well, need various levels of renovations to play like new, and there are only a handful of specialized luthiers for gypsy guitars. Hackers and luthiers with quality but little experience will not do the job. The renovations only cost nearly eight hundred dollars for the least expensive (fret-
Gypsy music started for guitars in Paris with accordion musician accompaniment. Only later to the end of the sixties the Alsace, Dutch and German gypsies, influenced by the Eastern culture and accompanying violin players adopted this music.
The vintage guitar presented today is from the end of the fifties, has new frets; neck reset and two cracks were repaired. The well-
Owning and playing a vintage guitar is a unique experience. Luthiers at that time made them by hand, and the wood aged so that their tone is unmistakable. Dry with a bark, loud, balanced and projecting. This guitar proposed here is one of these highly sought-
Vintage luthiers had their well-
At that time, guitars were shown to potential buyers in Paris showrooms and sold by distributors like Symphonia, Sonora, Paris Musical or Paul Beuscher, who was the biggest of them. If you would live outside Paris your local instrument shop would order from one of these companies. Luthiers were rarely delivering directly to clients, even more rarely with their label. Some luthiers were the usual suppliers to these distributors and show rooms, amongst which Busato, Bucolo, Joseph Di Mauro the Elder, Mouly and Castelluccia. You might already have played one of these and they do not sound different from their less expensive guitars sold through distributors. Anyone who owns a guitar similar to the one shown today knows they sound equivalent to the high-
All of these guitar backs have a pronounced arch for bass projection, and the shape of it is in all considerations similar to the shape of a Busato Grand model arched back, as they came from the same sub supplier. If you would question Martin Tremblay about it, he would spend time explaining this important feature, which has a major consequence on the balance of tone and bass response and projection. The luthier who made these guitars kept an overall similar look but used his own bracing and tuning technology (the well-
This is a really good vintage guitar offered at a premium price. I sold over two hundred vintage guitars over the last two years and I am the creator of the site Gypsyguitarfans, which gained a worldwide reputation. Numerous artists, players and collectors play my instruments, as I am very selective in getting them in France from the best sources and having them renovated by Martin Tremblay exclusively, a guaranty of quality. People also often sells at prices almost twice mine as they do not get my good contacts in Europe namely in Gypsy families, virtually never have the guitars totally renovated (new frets, new fret board, neck reinforcement when needed and any major renovation like a neck re-
It is a 14 frets to the body guitar with a gypsy cutaway, a big advantage, and the round sound hole of this moderate size gives it the sound of an oval hole with a tad more projection. Many gypsies played round sound-
A top luthier for the largest retailer in the world made it at that time, Paul Beuscher, who is highly respected by gypsy players and collectors. The label inside the guitar establishes provenance and is saying a lot about the luthier who made it and the quality of the work, as mostly only the best Sicilian French luthiers like Busato or Joseph Di Mauro the Elder supplied instruments to Beuscher as I said earlier, although it is not uncommon to see Castelluccia and Mouly sold through this distributor and retailer at the time.
Needless to say the sound is superb, loud, balanced, with a big projection. Buying a Busato or a Joseph will cost you two to six times for no real advantage.