Antoine Di Mauro was part of the mass emigration of master Sicilian luthiers (Busato, Oliveri Anastasio, etc) who left Catania in the early 20th century. In the 1930s Di Mauro and his countrymen setup a series of shops on the east side of Paris and quickly adapted their skills to making jazz guitars in the Selmer Maccaferri style.
Di Mauro was certainly one of the most successful and long lasting of these Franco-Sicilian luthiers as his guitars were widely adopted by players of many styles. Notable players include Moreno, Boulou Ferre, Patrick Saussois, Samy Daussat, Jean-Yves Dubanton, and even Pat Metheny! Di Mauro guitars were produced continuously until the early 90s, first by Antoine and then later by his son Joseph.
This Di Mauro model has a round soundhole instead of the usual D or Oval hole. The top is supported with four braces while the slightly bent back has only one brace. Antoine used a lining known as “tentalone” which is a technique seemingly unique to him in the Selmer guitar world.
Made in Paris in the 1950s – no serial number or date stamp that we can find
The guitar appears to be all original – finish, frets, hardware
Solid spruce top, laminated mahogany back & sides (common for this style of guitar)
25” scale, which is considered a medium scale for this style of guitar (most Selmer/Maccaferri originals and their modern counterparts are 26.5”) with a 12th fret neck/body joint
Neck is quite thick (no truss rod) but comfortable, frets are in good condition, very playable
There is evidence a pickguard was mounted at some point – now removed
Rare sunburst finish with 5 ply body binding – considered a “Deluxe” model.The finish has lots of natural crazing and some nicks & chips as you would expect of a guitar of this age, but is overall in very clean original condition. The gold Di Mauro Paris decal appears intact on the upper bout.
It still has the original brass Delaruelle tuners with their typical yellow buttons, floating rosewood bridge and trapeze tailpiece.
The back of the headstock is also branded with the Di Mauro logo.
The neck is straight and the frets are partly worn but polished level and flat with no dead spots or buzzing. We can’t see any evidence of cracks or other repairs.
It is a very light guitar, as most of this type were, but has a surprisingly loud voice, ideal for the typical Gypsy rhythm known as 'La Pompe' but also has a bright tone for lead playing.
This is one of those rare "sleepers" that is off the radar of collectors, yet has the classic tone and projection of some high dollar vintage guitars. It has that gypsy “bark” with a wonderfully mature high end that is crisp and clear. It’s very hard to find this kind of vintage punch & clarity in new guitars at any price.
A real collector's item as well an authentic player's guitar ready for more work.
Comes in a new hard shell case.