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Gypsy Guitar, Discussion with
Gonzalo Bergara: Gypsy Guitars.
All right.
As you may notice, these guitars
look a bit different from like,
regular flat top steel string guitars.
These are called Selmer Replicas.
Because they are replicas of
the the guitars that Django Reinhardt
was using during his career in the 30s,
40s, 50s.
And, that brand was called Selmer.
It exists today, but I don't,
they don't make guitars anymore.
They make saxophones.
They're even more famous for that.
And, yeah.
Say a few words about the differences in-
>> Well, there were, back, back then
there, there was no amplification.
So there was a guy named Mario Maccaferri
and he was a classical guitar player.
And he was trying to get the guitar
to be a lot louder because,
compared to other classical instruments,
it wasn't loud at all.
So she came up with the, this design.
It was one that looks similar.
I don't know if you guys see it; it has
huge soundhole in the shape of a D.
>> Yeah, that was the first one,
the first prototype-
>> The first one-
>> With nylon strings actually.
>> And it actually had a,
what do you call it, it had a.
Inside of the hole they had this little,
>> Amplifier somehow.
>> No, it had a little,
a thing shaped like this so
that it pushed all the sound
out as much as it could.
So that guy eventually
left the company and
this they couldn't do that design again.
So they came up with this model.
But, what he did is he made the top.
I don't know if you can tell but
the top is not flat.
The top is arched a little bit.
And somehow, I, I don't know how, but
it creates an effect that,
with every note that the top.
I think.
I hope I'm right.
The top moves a little bit so
it gets this really sharp attack.
You know, every note is a lot of
air that comes out all at once.
>> Yeah.
>> Yeah?
>> And also the strings are not
like on nylon string or
on flat obseal string.
You see the the strings are like
connected to the bridge.
But here they continue all
the way down until and
it's attached to the tail piece down here.
>> What does that do?
>> That makes it like so
it will vibrates more, I guess.
>> My dad said that.
>> Yeah.
So.
>> Don't forget about the cool looking.
>> Yeah, this is brand new actually.
But it looks old.
It's made to look old.
Like you buy vintage jeans.
It's the same idea.
>> Yeah.
You pay, you pay more.
You pay more to make it look used.
>> Yeah.
So this guitar is made by
a company in Finland called AGL.
A great Luthier or Luthster.
I've been working with him several years.
He made many models for me.
Different kinds of guitars.
This is the latest one,
the XO ajl-guitars.com.
Check it out online.
And this one is another brand?
>> This is a French Luthier who
lives in Spain called Olivier Marin.
And.
Yeah.
You know, they're kinda the same.
There slightly, this is a little bigger.
Theyre shaped sightly
different just a little bit.
>> Yeah.
>> And I think mine sounds better.
>> [LAUGH] And the strings are also like,
it's not like regular steel strings.
These are more like.
>> Yeah, they're like silicon steel but.
>> Silken steel.
>> But they probably.
Yeah. Okay. Yeah.
So silken steel, yeah.
I don't know what that means either but
they are silken steel.
They're softer.
>> Yeah, softer.
>> So it's easier to play.
>> You can.
It's easier to make that special like.
>> Yeah.
>> So you don't have to play so much.
So
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