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Review: Building the Selmer-Maccaferri Guitar by Michael Collins

Review: Building the Selmer-Maccaferri Guitar by Michael Collins

Reviewed by John Calkin

Originally published in American Lutherie #96, 2008

Building the Selmer-Maccaferri Guitar
Michael Collins
Acoustic Guitar Resources
DVD, 14 hours
Available from Stewart-MacDonald, $159.98

The Selmer-Maccaferri guitar, whether D-hole or oval hole, is unlike any other commonly encountered. As far as I know, this DVD set and the accompanying book (available separately) are the only thorough guides to the construction details and how to put one together, though the DVDs only cover the oval hole model. Although Michael Collins makes references to the book and plans to help clarify specific details, I haven’t seen them, so we’ll have to examine the DVDs on their own.

The most obvious and remarkable aspect of the DVDs is their ten volume, fourteen-hour run time. Editor Tim Olsen’s e-mail to his crew hoping to find a reviewer asked, “Is anyone not in prison going to have time to watch these?” Well, there I was with my cybernetic arm waving in the air. I guess I’m just a glutton for this stuff. I must confess, though, that while I try to watch video media at least twice before reviewing, once through had to suffice for this set.

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