Sonora Gypsy Guitars - a visual model guide.



  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,334

    Thought the same thing. Missing the namesake tailpiece but shape and soundhole seem to fit your Larmes.

  • Jeyg33Jeyg33 New
    Posts: 3

    Thank you.

    I find on this article a picture with exactly the same tailpiece

    I order a new floating bridge from new old stock from about the same period, because it was damage and I reglue it but I don't think that's gonna be good. And I think to make it shinny again with a new finish with shellac. But I will go into a luthier to have advices on the good way to do it. And maybe some new frets. They are really low and it's really difficult to play with.

  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc // Guitars: Gerome, Caponnetto, Napoli, Musicalia, Bucolo, Sanchez et. al.
    Posts: 603

    I'm not sure where M. Dregni's guitar would fit in my Sonora guitar classification, judging by the small-ish rounded D soundhole alone it might even be by Castellucia ( or any of a dozen other French luthiers). I'm no expert. 😁 -A-

  • PJDPJD New
    Posts: 38

    Hawaii Sonora guitar currently for sale at Leboncoin in France for 150 euros. I saw AndyW already posted a José Sanchez (Gaillard et Loiselet), but here is one with the Sonora marque au fer.

  • PJDPJD New
    edited January 17 Posts: 38

    I have a 3/4 gypsy guitar without cutaway which has the same typical Sonora headstock, never seen another one before.. . It has a highly arched back and top. Scale is 61cm. It is very loud. If this is a sort of Sonora, maybe we could call it a bébé Sonora?

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,334

    @pjd It's interesting on that Hawaiian guitar. It appears someone either replaced the tuners or flipped them "upside down" from the typical upward pointing direction for that model to the standard guitar direction.

  • PJDPJD New
    Posts: 38

    True! The tuners are delaruelle and in bad condition. I think they have been flipped "upside down".

    I have seen quite some different Sonora gypsy guitars on leboncoin without cutaway, most of them look like they have been made in Catania/Italy because of the typical Catania tailpieces from that era and the tuners look more Italian too (like on the Carmelo Catania's).

  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos, Altamira M01F, Huttl
    Posts: 640

    Seen some interesting instruments appear on Leboncoin
    However, it's not straightforward for non-French folks to buy there. I recently bought a French mandolin via Leboncoin and had to provide a French phone number to register and the seller was only willing to post to a French address.

  • PJDPJD New
    Posts: 38

    Yes that's true, it is a marketplace for the french market.. . I live in France so i count myself a lucky guy... .

  • Posts: 1

    Hello! I'm new here, i was looking for some informations about a guitar i found in my house when i bought it.

    It looks like it's a 1/2 sonora, tried to find something similar on the internet but found nothing

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