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2011 Barault Selmer (Maple)

| August 12, 2011

This beautiful guitar was built by the renowned French luthier Jean Barault. Biréli Lagrène and Tchavolo Schmitt currently endorse Barault guitars. This guitar includes: Gorgeous laminate flamed maple back and sides A real pliage (the top is bent just like the older Selmers!) European spruce top 670mm scale 14 fret neck Flamed maple neck Body specs (15 7/8″ body, 3 3/4″ deep) Lacquered interior (just like the vintage Selmers) Barault’s own fancy closed tuners and tailpiece Fretboard extension The sound of this instrument is among the best Selmer copies being made today. It’s no wonder Biréli chose to endorse Barault guitars as they offer a very traditional Selmer sound but have the playability of an ultra smooth archtop. Tonally this instrument has a wonderful warmth to it that I rarely hear in the rosewood guitars. There is some high end sparkle, but generally the notes are thicker than your average Selmer copy. Reminds me of the thick tone Django had on his late 40s Rome sessions. The pliage is rather subtle on this guitar, very much like the highly coveted 500 series Selmers (played by Django, Stochelo, Fappy, etc.) If you like the warm tone of those players I think you will LOVE this guitar. Very satisfying…. Barault is one of the very few luthiers today actually making Selmer copies with a real pliage. He uses the method that Selmer did…the top is bent with a hot iron which creates a fold, or “pliage,” in the top just under the bridge. 99% of Selmer copies being …

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