David Hodson Deco Echo acoustic guitar, completed August 2005, number 2 of 2 made, Ritter semi-hard case, condition: good

*This one-off guitar was based on a 1930s archtop by ‘Martin Colletti’, which was owned by the current vendor, then later, by legendary English guitarist Gordon Giltrap. Gordon took the Colletti to David Hodson and asked him to create something similar in style. Because of its highly Art Deco looks he decided to call it the ‘Deco Echo’, after a piece recorded by Gordon from the ‘Drifter’ album, the guitar was braced very similarly to his Gypsy jazz instruments for which David was pre-eminent in this country, also giving a lighter tone more in line with Gordon’s requirements. The crackle finish to the back and sides is intentional to create an antique 1930s look and feel. The ‘No. 1 Deco Echo’ was given to Gordon Giltrap and no. 2 (this guitar) ended up with the vendor who was the original owner of the Colletti. David Hodson died in early 2007, a tragic early passing of one of the finest English luthiers and as a result there were only ever two of a planned run of 50, Deco Echos built. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a truly historic and unique guitar.

Estimate £1000 – 2000

Unsold (17th September 2015)