This guitar is a tribute to Mario Maccaferri as a guitar maker. In the beginning he designed a classical guitar with a cut away and an internal chamber to improve the diffusion of the sound. It was only later, under market pressure, that he created the steel string model.
I really love the sound of nylon stings; the warm, rich tones of the classical guitar work for jazz, and I always had the idea of building one sooner or later. So when Edward Preston asked me to build a nylon string D-Hole, I thought my luck was in…
The idea was to integrate a classical bracing and soundboard preparation on to a Selmer-type body, but without the chamber. The neck is made narrower than a conventional classical guitar to help on those difficult jazz chords (but I have also made necks at the conventional size).
Listen to MJS D Hole Nylon Jazz guitar: (click on the link below)
Soundboard: European spruce, cedar
Back/side: Indian/ Madagascar rosewood, mahogany, walnut, figured maple, others if available
Neck: mahogany, walnut, maple, cedar
Neck sizes: 48mm at the nut and 58 at the 12th fret as standard
Fingerboard: ebony, rosewood
Frets: medium or light as standart other type possible on request
Body sizes: 470mm long x 400mm wide at lower bout (Selmer sizes)
Scale length: 640 mm
Finish: clear cellulose as standard. Antique look finish or colour and french polishing available on request.