This is my new model Corazón, a replica of the Joseph DiMauro (the Elder) guitar with iconic heart shaped sound hole from the 1940s. Michael Bauer, famed collector of gypsy guitars, was very kind and generous to loan me his original DiMauro to study and replicate. Michael’s Heart Hole DiMauro has been a favorite amongst players who get a chance to play his collection and has been requested and played by professionals in concert many times.
My construction is very similar to the original. Spruce top braced in the same fashion. Birsdeye maple laminated back and sides. Gorgeous arched back with one piece birdseye maple exterior, braced as per the original. 660mm scale as per the original, mahogany neck, DiMauro style headstock, rosewood fingerboard, nickel silver jumbo frets. Fret marker layout and size as per original. Rosewood bridge without mustaches, as per original. Binding and rosette treatments per the original. Nickel plated tailpiece and nickel plated enclosed Schaller tuners. Finish is French polish with Royal Lac shellac. Minor differences include a pliage which the original did not have and a slightly narrower, thinner, carbon rod reinforced neck.
The voice is strong, full and rich like the original. Loud and clear with excellent clarity note distinction. Excellent highs and mids. Bass is strong and distinct, not muddy, allowing from great walking bass lines while playing rhythm. Available by custom order.
Special thanks to Justin Wolfe, photographer extraordinaire for these pictures he took on a visit to our house a couple weeks ago.