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Gitane D-500 Grande Bouche Gypsy Jazz Acoustic Guitar  Natural 

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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 ja...Read More

Available 12-23-2016

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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
  • Shop adjusted

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SPECIFICATIONS

D-500 Grande Bouche Gypsy Jazz Acoustic Guitar

  • 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

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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4.0

Gypsy Tone

By Killer

from Woodstock

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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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