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    Kinda cool on the one hand, yet on the other, I'm also reminded that no guitar plays itself; without Django, it's just an inert thing. It is certainly an instrument of historical significance given the influence of the music made on it. I didn't know his name was inlaid on the headstock and that feature looks original. Did Selmer gift him the instrument?

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    That doesn't appear to be inlay, it's just punched into the wood using metal letters, the same way it's done with Gibson serial numbers. There's a specific word for that, but it doesn't come to mind right now. It was certainly meticulously done.

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    "Did Selmer gift him the instrument?"

    Django biographer Michael Dregni wrote that Selmer did start providing Django with free guitars as part of an endorsement deal starting in the late 1930s. His #503 is supposed to be a 1940 Selmer (so it isn't the one we hear on all the classic QHCF sides with Stephane from late 1934-1939). So...possibly a freebie?

    In a addition to the biography,
    Dregni also published a second Django book, "Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz." In that one, he again notes the promotional arrangement between Django and Selmer, and also mentions that Django owned and played Busatos (which, if Selmers are the Gypsy jazz Stradivarius, are sort of theGuarneris) and Di Mauros--all similarly constructed "French-style" jazz boxes.

    Here's a page discussing Django's various luthiers:
    Django’s Luthiers | Gypsy Jazz UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyV


    Kinda cool on the one hand, yet on the other, I'm also reminded that no guitar plays itself; without Django, it's just an inert thing. It is certainly an instrument of historical significance given the influence of the music made on it. I didn't know his name was inlaid on the headstock and that feature looks original. Did Selmer gift him the instrument?
    i confirm that it’s not inlaid but punched.

    The deal between Selmer and django was that django could have a guitar for free.

    his musicians could Also have one for free but had to give the money back to Selmer if they were selling it.

    selmer made a short series (maybe 4 or 5) of a django signature model With his name written on the headstock. Number 503 is one of these.

    stochelo Rosenberg used to own and play the number 504 with Also Django’s name on the head stock.

    i may be wrong but I think that the reason django kept 503 until his death was that it had a particular sound due to a missing brace (4 braces instead of 5).

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    Does that action seem indecently high to anyone?