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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