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Gitane D-500 Maccaferri-Style Jazz Guitar   

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The Gitane D-500 Maccaferri-Style Jazz Guitar has a sound you have to hear to believe. All measurements and construction features were taken directly...Click To Read More About This Product

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A reproduction of the classic Selmer-Maccaferri-style jazz guitar Django played.

The Gitane D-500 Maccaferri-Style Jazz Guitar has a sound you have to hear to believe. All measurements and construction features were taken directly from a rare, original 1932 Selmer-Maccaferri guitar to create the most affordable, high-quality reproduction ever offered. The Gitane D-500 features a top of select solid spruce with rosewood back and sides and a thin, comfortable, bound mahogany neck with a 24-fret extension fingerboard of ebony with pearl-dot position markers.

The large D-shaped soundhole has concentric rings of multicolored wood purfling. The body is bound with solid ebony for durability and beauty with maple/walnut/maple purfling on all edges. The traditional Moustache bridge, also ebony, has a removable center section that is slotted for perfect intonation. Includes Gitane hardshell case.

  • Solid spruce top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Multiple ebony/maple purfling on all edges
  • Dovetail neck/body joint
  • Slotted headstock with rosewood overlay
  • Extended 24-fret fingerboard
  • Mother-of-pearl dot-position markers
  • 14:1 ratio geared nickel-plated tuning machines
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Trapeze tailpiece
  • Lustrous dark stain matte-finish
  • Bone nut, zero fret

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This one's a keeper

The first thing that impressed me about this guitar is the volume. Whenever I let someone try it out, the first word out of their mouth after they pluck the strings is...Read complete review

The first thing that impressed me about this guitar is the volume. Whenever I let someone try it out, the first word out of their mouth after they pluck the strings is "Wow". I can get way more tone and volume out of this guitar playing finger style than I could out of any of my old dreadnaughts even with a pick. With the wide neck and string spacing, this guitar is really well suited to finger style, but it responds beautifully if you're playing with a pick as well. It's very well made and the finish job is excellent. The joint between the neck and the body (with the cutaway) is a thing of beauty. Drawbacks: The cheapness of the tuning pegs and the thinness of the metal tailpiece, but as long as they don't break, I can't complain too much. My only real complaint would be the hard case that it came with. This guitar is pretty small, and the case seems to have been made for a bigger guitar. A t-shirt stuffed at the bottom of the case takes up the extra space so it's not a big deal. Just don't expect a custom fit.Bottom line, if you ever plan on playing lead or fingerstyle on an acoustic, you need to try this guitar. I have not played anything that comes close in this price range.


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Not bad....not great.....!

I knew Mario Maccaferri personally for many years in the Bronx,New York and he would have not approved of this cardboard version of his masterpiece.It is not what you think it...Read complete review

I knew Mario Maccaferri personally for many years in the Bronx,New York and he would have not approved of this cardboard version of his masterpiece.It is not what you think it is an average sounding,playing,feel guitar.Other than these guitars being used by the late,great gypsy guitar wizard Django Reinhardt they would have never went on to anything in any time era.

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Excellent gypsy jazz style guitar

By Studebecker

from Cincinnati

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  • Very nice


  • Tailpiece

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  • Gigging N Playing For Fun

Overall excellent value. Overall feel is similar to a classic guitar feel on steel strings. with a slightly thinner neck. The tailpiece is too thin for my liking, and separated at the bend on mine. (granted it was played hard and gigged, right out of the box.) With a sweet replacement tailpiece, and, for me, a new saddle - The original saddle is slightly hollow from the bottom..?.. Getting a solid new one that fits very snug between the mustaches. Finally: Gypsy jazz steel strings are the best for that 30's voice, including gauges and string heights. I often use a premium, coated, bronze acoustic string (12-52)

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By steve carney

from Sidney, Ohio

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I have had this guitar for two months now and it is (for me) the Holy Grail! I love tone, the loudness and the expressive of the strings. You can bend and stretch this guitar beyond that of other acoustics. I use for blues, classical, gospel and jazz and it works. The easiest playing guitar. You need one of these.


Holy Grail Guitar!!!

By steve carney

from Sidney, Ohio

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Finally! The guitar I have been looking for. All the Martins, Guilds, and various classical guitars were just a warm up to this guitar. For me this THE GUITAR. But then I started as a classical guitar player and then to steel strings and back to classical etc... I always wanted a guitar that was able to cover most fields of play and one that was expressive. At times you can make this thing sound almost like a violin. It came with the right silver wound gypsy strings. The action was dead on for me. I almost forget that I own other guitars. It will spoil you.


Good buy

By David Z-GkGkS

from New Jersey

Great guitar for Gypsy and traditional jazz. Very versatile and worth every penny. It will most likely not last you as long as some other, more expensive models but will hold up through tough playing.One thing i can't stress enough is that this guitar needs daily humidification or the neck will bend regularly and not hold tune. Great guitar for the money!


Much better than the price

By SecretMonkey

from Atlanta

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I surprizingly fun instrument to have around. Nice and loud for lead work with an acoustic band. Action is, traditionally, a little high. I adjusted the bridge height and set the mustache's intonation....Very nice balanced sound. With bronze-wound it sounds and feels like a classical guitar on steroids. Excellent for jazz chords or lead work. Not a bluegrass guitar. Open chords, again, are more of a classical guitar sound. Excellent value but metal parts are very cheap and 'bendy'. Tuning keys are also pretty cheap. The wood and finish is better than much more expensive guitars. If you get this guitar you WILL have fun with it!


Would Buy It Again

By Luftweg

from Boston, MA

I am quite pleased with this instrument. I had wanted a metal-stringed guitar, but with a wide neck so that classical-style fingerpicking was easily adaptable. I'm on a 'purist' kick now (meaning no amplification), so I also wanted volume and attack -- and this guitar IS pretty loud; each individual note in an arpeggio is clearly heard.I don't play gypsy jazz per se (but can't help the occasional improv); I am rather using it for a fusion thingy (country-bluegrass-pop-folk).The fretboard seems to be actually a bit wider than claimed -- it's more like 1 15/16".Workmanship is surprisingly good. The worst thing is probably that the fretboard extension (over the sound hole) curls a bit, and is mostly unusable. This happens to ALL these D-500's, and is apparently otherwise 'benign'.


this axe rules!

By KoasterkidVT

from Burlington, VT

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I own a DG-250M, and I must say Gitane has come a long way! For the price, you'll never find a better deal on a Gypsy-style guitar than the D-500. The lows are plentiful, excellent mids, and searing high end. The neck is wide and very comfortable. Although I feel this model is better suited for rhythm than the oval-holed ones, it still has enough nads to be heard over several other instruments. It's true that you'd be best off to replace the (always crappy) stock strings, I prefer John Pearse Nuages Lights/Medium Lights...they'll bring this axe to life. There are simply NO bad things to say about this guitar! BUY ONE!!!!!


Sold my other guitars also!

By Johnny42

from Santa Rosa, CA

When I got this guitar I strung it up with some elixirs. Sold my Martin, sold my Gibson. I play it every day at work and it can take a serious beating. 2 years old, scratched and dinged, still sounds awesome!


Well worth the price.

By Critter-HPOUb

from Whittier, CA

Other copies of this instrument can easily cost 3 to 10 times as much, and the originals are untouchable. The fretboard is extra wide, like a classical guitar. This makes my chording, fingerpicking, and alternating fingering much easier and cleaner. You must change to the Argintine or Manouche strings to make it work right. I put on a set of Savarez Argentine lights (.11 to .46). The guitar came alive with perfect intonation and action. Large punchy mid-range, sweet and clear highs, and the lows are just where they should be. Very comfortable in your lap and easy on the fingers. I love this guitar, and I just may get a second one. JUST BUY IT. You'll love it to. But don't forget to change the strings. I've owened over 50 guitars in 35 years.This is a fantastic value.


Best sounding guitar for the money

By Sammy J

from Miamisburg, OH

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I have been playing professionally for around 4 years now and playing for around 35 years. I have hade everything from a Gibson Songwriter to a Gibson Dove and all inbetween. I sold them all when I purchased this bad boy about a year ago. It's a sound you have to hear to believe. I have all my guitars setup before i start to use them but did not have to with this guitar. You simply have to experience it to understand.

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