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Rare Vintage acoustic Jazz guitar by Carmelo Catania 50's/60's
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Item specifics

Condition: Used Type: Acoustic Guitar
No. of Strings: 6 string Right-/ Left-Handed: Right-Handed
Guitar Type: Acoustic Guitar

A spicy little jazz guitar, made by Carmelo Catania in the 50's / 60's. Model ERA II

The guitar is very suitable for gypsy jazz or other acoustic jazz styles. Carmelo Catania is known for his funky guitar designs and good building quality.

The guitar is in good playable condition. 

The tuners, tailpiece, bridge and scratchplate are all still the originall parts and this guitar comes with a perfect fitting black guitar case and a new set of Argentine strings.

About Carmelo Catania:

Throughout the 900 Sicily was one of the most relevant production centres of musical instrument together with The Marches and Lombardy. Set so far away from the high standards of the arch instruments made in Cremona and from the quality of the Neapolitan mandolins, Sicily was quickly renown as the land of luthiers. Curiously, all Sicilian luthiers were born in Catania, at the feet of Etna, the volcano.

The poor economy of the region highly contributed to the huge migrant wave in the 20s towards France that gave birth to an extraordinary school of French luthiery. The luthiers from Catania are to be mentioned: Pappalardo, Di Mauro, Amico, Anastasio, Busato, Bucolo, Castelluccia, Favino, Olivieri, Burgassi, Martella, Grizzo, Rossito, Petillo...among many others.

Luthiers in Sicily were always open to both the Baroque influence from Spain and to the innovations coming from Europe and The States. The first great star among Sicilian luthiers was surely Carmelo Catania who was the only one to understand that the image of the luthier had to become more of a businessman to survive on the internal and international market. Carmelo Catania’s golden age was from the end of the war to the 60s. 

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