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   Few juxtapositions of guitarist and guitar maker are more celebrated than Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) and Mario Maccaferri (1900-1993), yet strangely, the two men never met. Reinhardt was a gypsy performer whose hot jazz style inspired generations of players. Maccaferri was a successful guitarist in the classical style, but was equally talented at instrument making. In the early 1930s, the Selmer Company had Maccaferri design a series of guitars, including the Orchestre model, which players also called the jazz model. The body had a flat cutaway on the treble side for better access to high notes, and a large D-shaped soundhole, making it an easily recognized instrument. The internal construction was equally unusual, with a special resonating chamber and reflector added to boost volume. Although acoustically practicable, the complex arrangements of these interior structures and their tendency to come loose caused many owners to have them removed. The Orchestre model was discontinued after only about one hundred were made, and Maccaferri left Selmer in 1933, not entirely amicably. Selmer soon introduced another guitar of the same shape, but with a smaller oval soundhole and no interior resonator. Reinhardt played both models, his name ultimately becoming much more associated with the design than either Maccaferri's or Selmer's.

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