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Gitane D-500 Grande Bouche Gypsy Jazz Acoustic Guitar Natural

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A classic jazz guitar reborn.

Fans of Gypsy-Jazz guitar as well as guitar aficionados of every stripe will applaud Saga's re-introduction of the classic Selmer-Maccaferri style jazz guitar...the Gitane D-500. All measurements and characteristic features of this guitar were faithfully recreated to make this incredibly high quality and affordable guitar.

FEATURES
Solid Spruce top Rosewood back and sides
Horizontal cutaway
Multiple Ebony/Maple purfling on all edges
Characteristic large "D" soundhole
Ebony Mustache bridge with movable center
Thin, comfortable, bound Mahogany neck
Dovetail neck/body joint
Slotted headstock with Rosewood overlay
Extended 24-fret Ebony fingerboard
M-O-P dot markers
Body size- 12-fret neck joint - Scale length 25 1/4" - Nut width 1 7/8" - Body length 18 1/2" - Lower bout 16" - Upper bout 11 1/4"
Geared 14:1 ratio, gold-plated, slotted peghead tuning machines
Adjustable truss rod
Trapeze tailpiece
High-gloss finish with aging toner for vintage look
Bone nut, zero fret
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SPECIFICATIONS
Back and Side Material: Indian Rosewood
Back Inlay: None
Binding: Ebony
Body Shape: Horizontal Cutaway
Brace Material: Spruce
Bridge Material: Ebony / Movable Mustache-style
Fingerboard and Peghead Binding: None
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Fingerboard Position Inlays: M-O-P Round Dots
Finish: Vintage-toned High Gloss
Headstock Style: Traditional Slotted
Neck Material: Solid Mahogany
Number of Frets Clear: 12
Number of Frets Total: 24
Nut Material: Zero-fret/Bone String Guide
Nut Width: 1-7/8"
Peghead Overlay: Indian Rosewood
Recommended Strings: Parisian by Gitane Manouche Strings - Medium Gauge
Saddle: Dyed Rosewood
Scale Length: 25-1/4"
Side Inlay: Multi-ply Ebony / Maple
Soundhole Rosette: Traditional Multi-Ply Wood
Soundhole Shape: Grand Bouche
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Top Bracing Pattern: Traditional Fan Bracing
Top Purfling: Multi-ply Ebony / Maple
Tuning Machines: Standard Gold-plated / Accurate 14:1 Gear Ratio / White ABS Buttons
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GitaneD-500 Grande Bouche Gypsy Jazz Acoustic Guitar
 
4.0

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4.0

Gypsy Tone

By Killer

from Woodstock, NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gitane D-500 Grande Bouche Gypsy Jazz Acoustic Guitar:

    Guitar was packed with great care and arrived with all packaging in pristine condition. Guitar shipped somewhat later than expected.

    Solid spruce top with laminated rosewood sides and back. Wood grain is very attractive (whether the solid or laminated wood) and it is nicely finished. No evidence of sloppy work (sharp frets, excess glue, bad joints etc.). Two 1/8 inch indents on the back the size of a small "snakebite" that came that way from the factory which are probably tool marks. Ebony fingerboard with the wider nut that I prefer. Traditional Selmer-Maccaferri look.

    I have large hands and find the neck contour quite comfortable. Guitar is really "playable" and I feel it yields real Gypsy Jazz tone. It is a distinctive sound to be sure. Sounds unlike any of my other acoustic guitars. While originally designed to be a rhythm guitar, it also sounds pretty nice for leads. This guitar is surprisingly loud. I haven't attempted to play it though a mic yet and haven't felt the need to.

    I get some buzzing and the intonation is slightly off when the open strings are compared to their natural harmonics (slightly sharp). Ships with D'Addario 10's which I find too light for my right hand (which is a bit heavy). Had my teacher (who is conservatory trained) try it out. He enjoyed playing it but experienced some buzzing as well (which confirms it isn't just me). Needs a light set up (probably a neck and bridge adjustment). Will try Argentine 11's in the hope the extra tension will reduce buzzing, improve tone, and suit my touch a bit better. Might make it louder too.

    Represents a very nice value for the money. Good tone and manufacture with a traditional look and reasonable price tag. An all solid wood guitar would be at least twice the price, and I don't know how much of a difference in tone it would make without getting into a really expensive guitar.

    The big question now is "How durable will it be?" when I start to give it heavy use. Don't know the answer

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    4.0

    Yes I'd buy it again.

    By Dave

    from Iowa

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Tuner gears stripped

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gitane D-500 Grande Bouche Gypsy Jazz Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought one when they first came out, at least 5 years ago. The tuners failed after a couple of years and were replaced with some from StewMac. Previous review mentioned about solid back and sides. I believe origional Selmer Maccaferri Grand Bouche were made with laminated back and sides as this is. I thought it was ho hum until I put on the right strings, like Savarez Argentine silver, or appropriate Gypsy strings, then hold on, it cuts right through a room of dreadnoughts. Loud, punchy,easy to play(for folks with big hands especially) it has a sort of nasal tone like it is supposed to. I still have some string buzz too, but,work around it. You can really hit the strings hard and get amazingly loud and sound good.

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