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Any professional players out there known for using Favino as opposed to Selmer styler guitars?
Reinier Voet here in Amsterdam.
Well there's Adrien Moignard who used one for years up until recently. He always sounded good with that guitar, hopefully he didn't get rid of it.
Gwen Cahue has been playing a 70s Favino almost exclusively for the past several years.
Andreas Öberg played with a Favino sized AJL Gypsy Fire for years.
Colin Cosimini, a UK player, played an old Favino. It was, if I remember correctly, a maple bodied oval hole. I thought it sounded pretty bad.
Robin Nolan played a Favino for years And his Favino was purchased from Stochelo Rosenberg). Doug Martin plays a Favino ( that he bought from me. I have played Favinos from time to time). Michael Horowitz played a Favino for quite a few years. Jimmy Rosenberg played a Dell Arte Favino model in the past.
Doesn't Doug Martin use the modern JP Favinos like the Jazz S Michael has for sale? Only asking because iirc, the dimensions are closer to Selmar-style vs. the larger Jacques Favinos.
Thanks so much for everyone's replies! I just bought my first gypsy guitar, a 2005 Dell'Arte Hommage D-Hole, and I think it sounds great. Honestly, I cannot tell any difference between a Selmer and Favino style. However, I have only heard a Selmer online so maybe the sound difference would be more obvious in person.
I have heard that modern players are not using the Favino style as often. Why is that?
Anecdotal knowledge says that the original larger size and slightly different shape of the Jacques Favino guitar came from a suggestion by Matelot Ferret in the early 60s - he wanted more bass than a Selmer gives, or maybe more versatility. And he did usually play a Favino for the rest of his life. His brothers generally (but not always) played Selmers, his sons often played Favinos.
A good Favino is capable of a multitude of sounds, making it a very good guitar for a musician like Matelot Ferret, a professional guitarist who played every kind of music. The best example I can think of of the Favino sound is on Matelot's legendary recording "Tziganskaia" - Matelot with his typical clear and dark sound, and Boulou with his brash and staccato approach.
Why are Favinos less popular today? Musicians have a lot more options, I guess. Styles change, and with that comes a need for a different sounding guitar