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Serial # 282 a beautiful hand made Gypsy Jazz Guitar by Canada's Michael Dunn. Comes with a hard case. A few Minor dings and scratches and clear pick guards above and below the sound hole. Needs strings and a clean up.
I don't have a lot of info, but here's what I found on the web.
Notes: Starting in the late 1960's, Michael Dunn virtually single-handedly jump-started the revival of Selmer/Macafferri style guitars in North America. An influential teacher whose students include accomplished builders Shelley Park and Chuck Shifflett, Dunn remains the single most imaginative builder in the history of Gypsy jazz guitars. Working in the Classical and Flamenco style of his Spanish teachers, Michael shapes each guitar by hand, without a form. With his restless creativity in design and materials, each Dunn guitar is unique unto itself, a work of visual as well as audible art.

Like most true show-biz legends, the Vancouver, BC luthier's overnight success took only about three decades. Having seen Michael's work at a trade show in the mid-90's, Nashville retailer George Gruhn promptly commissioned a Dunn gypsy jazz guitar for immediate delivery. As legend has it, the first customer to play that guitar bought it, a pretty good picker named Chet Atkins, who kept it until his passing.

This example is a version of the guitar Django himself played, with the bark and volume of the legendary Selmer "Petite Bouche" oval hole guitars. With a slightly smaller body than the typical Selmer or Favino, the Stardust is notably comfortable and well balanced under the arm. The top is made of solid bookmatched Alaska red cedar, and the back and sides are crafted from solid African bubinga, a hard and highly figured tonewood. The solid ebony fingerboard is made in the classical style, with a generous 1 13/16" nut width, and a broad, slightly flattened neck profile that is easy on the hand. 25" Scale length.

Guitar Showcase

Guitar Showcase

1995
MICHAEL DUNN
Very Good
Natural 11-35
Hard
17 Years
$2,995
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