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2021 CASTELLUCCIA OLDSCHOOL 48 - D HOLE
I personally am really excited about this guitar! I doubt anyone has imported anything quite like it before into Australia.
Handmade with 50 YEAR OLD MAHOGANY the Oldschool 48 is based on a popular design made by Jean-Baptiste Castelluccia's Grandfather (also Jean-Baptiste Castelluccia) in the 1940’s. The 50 year old mahogany back is arched (check the photos!) and has no bracing leaving that beautiful vintage wood to sing! To make the OLDSCHOOL 48 JB uses the same mold and vintage woods from his grandfather old stock.
The Castelluccia family call this an intermediate D Hole, as the sound hole is not as big as the traditional D Hole. Dorado Schmitt mentions it in his testimony below.
I am amazed at the value for money offered by Castelluccia guitars. Hand made by arguably the most experienced Gypsy Jazz luthier family in the world they offer features and quality rarely found in guitars currently available in Australia.
This guitar is sold with a high quality polyfoam case with two-pull zipper (not a gig bag). This style of case is light, practical and offers the best protection for the long journey the guitar has to make. If you are wanting to upgrade to a hard case email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other options.
All guitars are professionally set-up upon arrival from Europe.
D Hole intermediate
Backs and sides : 50 Year Old Mahogony!
Top : Solid Cedar with pliage (Like a vintage selmer)
Neck : Mahogany with double action truss rod
Fingerboard : Ebony with radius
Binding : Maple
Bridge : Ebony
Tuners : Gold
Finish : Oiled finish
Nut width : 44mm
Size : 15 3/4
Scale : 670
THE TESTIMONY OF DORADO SCHMITT AND THE OLD SCHOOL 48 I played for 10 years all over the world with this guitar. I had found it in Brussels, at a flea market, in the 90s. I just had the fingerboard re-fret and put a trussrod, if the handle ever moved, otherwise I left it in its "juice". In terms of sound, this is an exceptional guitar. For me, it's really the grain, the “Django” sound, with very good bass and also a lot of treble. It must be said that the rosette in D, at Castelluccia, is smaller than at Maccaferri. This is also what gives this sound. Because “D” guitars often sound a bit “hollow”. There, not at all! Castelluccia had a secret of his own. In Vienna, everyone tried it: Bireli, Stochello, Angelo Debarre, Sylvain Luc, who found it exceptional ... Unfortunately, I parted ways with it on a drunken night. Someone who knew this model absolutely wanted to buy it from me. The next day, I regretted it! I'm still dreaming… Every guitarist has their own sound, but it's frankly a great guitar! ”
At the end of the 1930’s luthier Jean-Baptiste Castelluccia met Django Reinhardt. Following his meeting with Django, Jean-Baptiste decided to specialise in making Gypsy Jazz guitars and quickly gained a reputation in Paris. The Castelluccia family is now the longest running Gypsy guitar manufacturer in France with a proud history of three generations and over 75 years of experience! Since the beginning of the 90’s Jean-Baptiste Castelluccia (grandson), continuing on from his father Jacques, has been proudly carrying on the family's instrument making tradition established in the heart of Paris. Some of JB’s guitars pay homage to the guitars made his grandfather with aged woods and design features rarely found these days. Others come with a more modern feel and design. It was very difficult to decide which guitars to buy...I wanted them all! Castelluccia guitars are in high demand with at least four month waiting period...but good things come to....