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Gypsy Jazz Guitars
At London Guitar Studio we are proud to stock an exciting new selection of Gypsy Jazz guitars including a number of special Selmer Maccaferri style guitars from Spanish luthier Geronimo Mateos. See more.
Gypsy Jazz Origins
The creation of the Gypsy Jazz, or Manouche Jazz, style is credited to Jean "Django" Reinhardt, a famous Belgian guitarist and composer. During the 1930s Reinhardt along with Jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli founded the influential Jazz group 'Quintette du Hot Club de France' which also included a number of other members including Jazz double-bassist Louis Vola.
Django Reinhardt favoured the Selmer guitar, a style that today is almost entirely associated with Gypsy Jazz guitar. Selmer Maccaferri style guitars have a great tone and are loud, allowing the lead to be easily heard within the group. The lead, and the guitar favoured by Django himself featured an Oval hole, known as a "petite bouche". Supporting rhythm guitarists would typically use a D-hole Selmer guitar however this was by far not a strict rule, with the two styles being used interchangeably, even by Django Reinhardt himself.
Our Collection of Selmer Maccaferri Style Guitars
At London Guitar Studio we have an impressive range of Selmer Maccaferri style guitars made by the leading Spanish luthier Geronimo Mateos. Mateos guitars are played worldwide by many acclaimed Gypsy Jazz guitarists and feature all the classic hallmarks of an original Selmer Manouche Jazz guitar, including a bold and characterful tone and distinct loudness.