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Gitane DG-250M Selmer Style Jazz Guitar

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The Gitane DG-250M Selmer Style Jazz Guitar is a faithful re-creation of a favorite rare original vintage Selmer guitar played by John Jorgenson. The...Click To Read More About This Product

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A premium gypsy jazz instrument, favored by John Jorgenson.

The Gitane DG-250M Selmer Style Jazz Guitar is a faithful re-creation of a favorite rare original vintage Selmer guitar played by John Jorgenson. The DG-250M is crafted with a select solid spruce top with a beautiful bird's-eye maple back and sides; solid ebony body binding with maple/walnut/maple purfling on top and back; bound maple neck with a 21-fret ebony fingerboard marked with pearl position dots; and genuine bone nut with traditional zero fret.

Other distinctive features of this Gitane Guitar include a dovetail neck joint; large body with oval soundhole surrounded with a delicate multi-ply rosette; solid peghead design; moustache bridge with a compensated, movable center; nickel-plated, open geared tuning machines with a 14:1 ratio; and a trapeze tailpiece.

"I took it with me to Samois...and it held its own in many a jam session, with a lead tone audible over as many as 8 ryhthm guitars all playing at once!" -- John Jorgenson

Solid spruce top
Bird's-eye maple back and sides
Solid ebony body binding
Maple/walnut/maple purfling on top and back
Bound maple neck
21-fret ebony fingerboard
Pearl position dots
Genuine bone nut
Zero fret
Dovetail neck joint
Scale length: 26-5/8"
Nut width: 1-3/4"
Body length: 18-1/2"
Lower bout: 16"
Upper bout: 11-1/4"
Horizontal cutaway
Oval soundhole
Multi-ply rosette
Solid peghead design
Compensated, movable center moustache bridge
Nickel-plated, open gear tuners (14:1 ratio)
Adjustable truss rod
Trapeze tailpiece
Shop adjusted and set up

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A Beautiful Instrument!

By koasterkid

from Burlington, VT

This guitar has it all! Breath-taking good looks, great action and a genuine "Gypsy" sound that can't be beat. This guitar is very comfortable to hold and play, really quite light. The DG250M's appearance: the birds-eye maple back and sides, ebony binding, and the detailed gold-and-brown rosette truly add to its beauty. The SOUND this thing projects is LOUD!!! It really rings! I immediately put on a set of medium/light John Pearse "Nuages" Manouche strings and it came to life! I gave it a 9 in "features" because it has no strap peg...but, it is a replication of an original Semlmer that Django played. Three words: Get This Axe!


A Great Guitar

By KoasterkidVT

from Burlington, VT

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I have to say, this guitar is a real value for the price, considering the astronomical prices these guitars can pull in. It's very easy on the eyes, particularly the birds eye maple back and sides. It feels very comfortable to hold. The action is comfortable. Be warned...this guitar is LOUD! It also sounds great! I put a set of John Pearse Manouche strings, and it came to life! That true Gypsy tone was there in abundance. I rated it 9 for features, because of the lack of a strap button. BUY THIS GUITAR!!!


frets were too high and rough

By fretmon63

from san jose ca.

I bought one of the first models off the line. It looked marvelous out of the case, however the frets were jagged at the end and needed to be smoothed out as well as filed down also, the floating bridge was so cheap and the nut was a joke. The top two strings would not stay in place, and needed to be replaced. I noticed its not his signature model anymore. Dont be fooled by the quilted mapel.


A Great Instrument

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I spent a long time looking at multiple Selmer-style guitars before I decided on Gitane's DG-250M. It has an exceptionally biting and aggressive tone, great for either rhythm or lead. This tone cuts through the mix to deliver a very direct and dynamic sound. A fantastic guitar for Django enthusiasts


What good value!

By tenorclef-CEq2C

from UK

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A splendid example of a 1940's jazz guitar. Extremely well put together and certainly in a league of its own. What you have here is an authentic gypsy jazz tone guitar with plenty of bark and bite and at a fantastic price. The unique headstock design deals effectively with a design flaw in the original slotted Selmer design and the sturdy laminated maple back and sides offers both strength and amazing mid range tone, ideal for the gypsy jazz genre. Tried the DG255 and D500, they are no where near this guitar for authentic sound.


A Real Gem!

By Birelifan-BQSVQ

from Vermont

This guitar is a beautiful reproduction. This style of guitars can easily run twice/three times the price of the Gitanes, but I think this is an exceptional instrument, every bit as good as the higher-priced brands . The maple back and sides are gorgeous, and the tone can't be beat. One thing worth mentioning is that this guitar is LOUD!!! You won't regret buying one, for any style of acoustic music.


Nothing Finer for the Value!

By Mike23

from Chico CA

I gave this a perfect score because for the value this guitar has it all. I have it hanging above my desk and have not been this happy for some time. The tone is Gypsy, the pressed arch construction gives it a punch, lots of fun. I must admit I am having a hard time getting work done!


DG-250M Good Bang for the Buck

By MrCadillac

from Livermore, CA

Saga has a good job with this one. After playing with this guitar non-stop for several days I now feel confident in writing a review. Tone, outstanding, in this price range nothing sounds like this guitar. It is both loud and punchy, excacly what I wanted in a gypsy jazz guitar. Build Quality, better than I thought, for an Asian import I was a bit skeptical but prior experience with some higher end models gave me hope and I was not dissapointed. I do recommend that you change the strings, I use Argentines and they really open this guitar up. The only negative that I can think of is the stock action, which is no big deal if you adjust the truss rod. The finish and look of this guitar is excellent it serves a dual purpose in my house, a daily player and room decor. If you dont mind a little owner tweaking and setup I recommend this guitar to any one looking for a reasonably priced gypsy styled guitar.

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