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1947 Robert Bouchet SP/FW

Year 1947
Top Spruce
Back & Sides Fruitwood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 53.5 mm
Finish French Polish
Country France
Luthier Robert Bouchet
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Description

Here we have an extremely rare, unique, historically important and incredible-sounding instrument by Robert Bouchet, one of the twentieth-century's most revered builders. It could be argued that this very instrument is the foundational guitar "that launched the French school", as it was the first guitar that Bouchet sold publicly (Bouchet's first guitar was built for himself, see here).

As we have said many times, Bouchet is renowned for possessing all of the skills of a master luthier from his earliest work. This is also confirmed historically by the immediate and enthusiastic reception of his guitars by his contemporaries in the music community - including Ida Presti and Alexander Lagoya to be followed by the likes of such important players as Emilio Pujol, Oscar Ghiglia, Turibio Santos, Manuel Lopez Ramos and even Julian Bream. This particular guitar was originally owned by Lucien Corbani, a prominent aficionado in the Parisian guitar scene (and interestingly, the owner a string manufacturing company). We have photos (see above) of a gathering in 1954-1955 with (left to right): Joseph Reinhardt (guitarist, Django Reinhardt's brother), Lucien Corbani (owner of this 1947 Bouchet), Gilbert Imbar (manager of the Paris Guitar Academy) and a young (22 or 23 years old) Daniel Friederich who is playing this very Bouchet #2. Very revealing just how quickly Bouchet's guitars were circulating (and his reputation already very secure) at the highest levels of the aficionado community right from the start. And the reason is obvious - it only takes a few notes to be played on this instrument to hear just how majestic it sounds. It has a velvety, textured quality throughout all registers producing lyrical trebles, rich basses and great separation between voices. It has it all.

Videos

1947 Robert Bouchet SP/FW

Robert Bouchet Guitar #2

1947 Robert Bouchet SP/FW

Miguel Llobet's (arr.) "Cançó del Lladre" performed by Qingchuan Li on a 1947 Robert Bouchet

1947 Robert Bouchet SP/FW

Alexandre Tansman's " Valse Romantique" played by Marcin Dylla on a 1947 Robert Bouchet

1947 Robert Bouchet SP/FW

Roland Dyens plays Sor's Le Calme (1947 Bouchet)

1947 Robert Bouchet SP/FW

Roland Dyens plays Django Reinhardt's Nuages (1947 Bouchet)

1947 Robert Bouchet SP/FW

Roland Dyens plays Piazzolla's Oblivion (1947 Bouchet)

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