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Postby ValleyandBlues » Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:30 pm

Hi there !

I'm the creator of the Gallato RS 1939. I designed this guitar in 2002, after disassembling my Selmer 452. As a result the RS 1939 is an exact replica of this excellent guitar, and professional Gipsy Jazz players like Angelo Debarre, Tchavolo Schmitt, Matcho Winterstein and Jean-Jacques Gristi loved it. Here what they said about it :

- In live sessions with a great mic or in a club without an amp, it's an instrument that you can rely on.
- For us musicians, this guitar is a clone of the Selmer 452 series. The comparison we did was convincing, it's the greatest replica we've ever tried.

And yes, I known it's expensive. Handcrafted guitars from precious woods are always, and I can't resign myself to make guitars for wealthy people only. So I designed another one, with less precious woods and only semi-handcrafted. I called it the Gallato Django. If there is another potential Django Reinhardt somewhere, I hope he will work on that until the day he can get the Great one.

If you have any question, I would be glad to answer you myself.
And please pardon my poor english.

Serge Gallato, luthier.
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Postby Ricardo » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:58 am

Hi there - Is the Gallato RS 1939 totally handcrafted by yourself in Paris?
It looks like a good deal for 1280 Euros.
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Postby ValleyandBlues » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:11 am

Hi Ricardo !

No, I don't live in Paris but in Toulouse, and my workshop is in Cahors. Depending on where the wood comes from, the guitar is handcrafted there or in Spain, with mechanicals from Montauban, where we make the exact replicas for the Maccaferri's ones. The brand is "Gallato Paris" because that's where I founded it, but the rents became a bit expensives for a craftsman, so I moved.

It's a bit complicated, but that proves it's still traditional. We adapt our work to our world. If one day I find a better wood from Austria, that's where the wood will come from. I just want to have great material to make great guitars from it.

By the way, I thank you for your interest.
I know it's a good deal, but when your passionnated, making guitar sound more like fun than work, and 1200 ? per guitar seems to be enough for us.

And again, sorry for my poor english. If you don't understand something, please tell and I will try to explain better.
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Postby maca » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:25 am

Will you be at Samois with a sample?
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Postby Swing This! » Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:14 pm

Is Serge Gallato the actual luthier/builder of the new Gallato guitars? If yes, how come the original Gallato's were built by Geronimo Mateos?
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Postby ValleyandBlues » Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:47 pm

Swing this! > As you might know, I can't handcraft all the guitars by myself. In fact, I'm very busy so it's been sometimes since the last one I had the chance to even touch. So now, what is exactly your question ?

Am I the luthier who will handcraft your guitar ? No, probably not. It will be made under my control, I will maybe test it and set it up, but I won't tell I'll make it myself, because that would be a lie.

Did I ever work with Geronimo Mateos ? Yes, indeed.

maca > No, I won't be at Samois, I live too far and have no time. But I wish I could !
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Postby Ganondorf » Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:49 pm

i thought geronimo was the Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache???? He builds guitars aswell.........niiiiiccccccee :wink:
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Postby Thomschi » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:39 pm

Hello Serge,

I have a Gallato Django and I'm still happy with it.
I just changed the 1-part bridge for a 3 piece Version
and I had to remove the Tailpiece about 2mm because the
lower E-string was to near to the edge of the neck.
The guitar is loud and twangy and has a good playability. Of course it's
a kind of guitar to fight with (and not a Les Paul) but it's great fun.
The neck is thick and has a more rectangular shape in cross-section.
I was little insecure because there is no trussrod but I think because
of the thickness of the neck there is no alteration of the hight of strings
after changing to different string-gauge.
The cutaway starts not rectangular to the body (as I think a Selmer usualy shows) and is more rounded.
The inside label shows RS1939-Series 2, so has the Gallato Django the
same bodyshape as the more expensive RS1939 ?
If they are different in shape, where is the bodyshape of the GD-modell
coming from ?

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Postby ValleyandBlues » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:37 pm

Yes, you're right. The Gallato RS1939 Serie 2 has been designed from the Jacques Favino 1965 model. It has a more rounded cutaway and a truss-rod embedded into the ebony fingerboard.

The new RS1939 exists in three shapes :

- Maple with D-hole.
- Maple with black finish and oval hole
- Natural rosewood with oval hole with german srpuce soundboard

Neck is always made from maple or walnut.
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Re: Gallato Guitars

Postby Whammy » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:12 am

Hello Serge,

I Have a Gallato 16P Studio Serie Limitee 2009 new in box.
what was the price of this guitar in 2009?

Best regards Whammy
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