September 14, 2016 – Introducing “El Rio”

2015 was all about ukuleles, and 2016 is proving to be a healthy mix of guitars and ukuleles.

Here we have images of the build of a commissioned tenor Maccaferri-style guitar. Though most know the version Django Reinhardt played, this tenor is a rarer specimen. Selmer only made about two dozen of this tenor guitar. Eddie Freeman, an English jazz and flamenco musician, played the tenor banjo and when the guitar gained popularity requested this instrument as a bridge between the two worlds. This instrument, featuring Ziricote back and sides, a Bear Claw Sitka Spruce top, Mahogany neck and the Maccaferri “Grande Bouche” sound hole, is as close a bench copy of the original instrument as possible.

The musician who requested this guitar has named it “El Rio”. Stay tuned for more details of this instrument as the build completed!