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Mint 2008 Rodrigo Shopis Petite Bouche D'Artagnan Model F

chappiechappie ✭✭✭✭
edited March 2016 in Classifieds Posts: 125
I am regrettably selling my favorite guitar ever... custom made for me by master luthier, Rodrigo Shopis. I have developed a crippling arthritis in my left hand and can sadly no longer play the guitar... at least the way that I want to.

Although I am the original owner, it was owned for awhile by my good friend Ben Robertson, while I ventured into the land of a costly but amazing antique Jacques Favino, an expensive but enjoyable folly... eventually Ben bought my Favino and sold me back my beloved Shopis. Ben played the Favino for a while, loved it... but eventually commissioned another Rodrigo Shopis guitar.

The instrument is in near mint condition and has an amazing voice as you can tell by the video of Tchtavolo Schmittit playing it in 2009-2010:

also a friend of mine playing...: (please excuse the poor video quality!)

...and Gonzalo Bergara...:

Here is Joscho Stephane at Djangofest playing it also:

and Joscho again:

It has opened up and become more distinctive and mature since. I know Ben played it professionally for a couple of years and treated it lovingly. Attached are pictures... one of them alongside a 1917 Martin parlor guitar to compare the finishes. It is scaled like a Jacques Favino guitar... no fret dots except on the side of the neck. Miller tuners, figured neck with a medium profile. This guitar is a gem. Feel free to message me with any questions via djangobooks.

4000.00 with hard shell case/free shipping in the lower 48.

This guitar is ON HOLD.




  • noahfuturenoahfuture ✭✭✭
    Posts: 61
    I watched that Tchtavolo clip a million times before buying my first guitar from Rodrigo. Loved that one so much, I bought another, and now I'm commissioning my third. Someone is gonna be really lucky to get this guitar!!! Seriously people, snatch that thing!!!!
    One writes music because winter is eternal and if one didn't, the wolves and the blizzards would be at one's throat all the sooner.
    -David Mitchell
  • chappiechappie ✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 125
    Thanks Noah! Let me know when you are in town again! Charlie
  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,665
    I did indeed own this guitar for a while, and I wish I had never let it go. It is an amazing instrument, one of Rodrigo's best. The pros at Django in June who played it loved it - Joscho, Gonzalo, Olivier Kikteff, and Biel Ballester among them. I asked Joscho to play it in 2010 so I could get one video. An hour and a half later he sheepishly handed it back, and the next morning in class asked if he could play it again. He handed me Michael Bauer's fabulous heart-shaped hole Di Mauro, so it wasn't a bad trade at all. Every time Gonzalo saw me after playing it, he would say "Tha's a byootiful guitar, man!"

    I later decided to commission a guitar from Rodrigo, and he built me a fantastic Selmer-style D hole. When Charlie decided to let his '77 Favino go, I sent his Shopis back as partial payment and also had to sell the D hole as well. Over time, I came to regret letting the two guitars go, and also decided that I could not justify keeping so much money tied up in one guitar, so the Favino got sent off to Michael Horowitz and I commissioned a new guitar from Rodrigo, which he delivered at Django in June 2014. I will not be so foolish as to let this one go.

    Over the years, my severe GAS became a running joke with my friends and bandmates. A lot of it would have been avoided if I had had the good sense to simply hang onto Charlie's Shopis and quit trying other guitars out. I wish I could buy it back from him, but I have no money to spare, and the US-CAN$ exchange is not in my favour. Whoever winds up with this guitar will have a superb instrument.

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • edited March 2016 Posts: 3,646
    I'm sorry to hear about your troubles.
    As I'm entering my middle age and starting to have these phantom pains here and there in my hands, a thought sometimes occurs what if it got serious to where it would impede my guitar playing. I just shudder and take my mind elsewhere. I can't begin to understand how you feel about it but I wish you good luck.
    That Tchavolo clip is so awesome. His musing over the guitar was even musical.
    I'm sure it's going to find a buyer soon. I even entertained my mind as a possibility even though I know it's a science fiction.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • chappiechappie ✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 125
    Thanks, Buco. It's my fault mainly. Too many years as a boxer and doing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. My hands have paid the price, particularly my left, chording hand. I can still play a little, some slide and simpler stuff. I am teaching my daughter, who is also an awesome drummer and pianist. So life goes on. Thanks for the note.
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