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HODSON JAZZ GUITARS - Loughborough, UK - David Hodson
The late David Hodson has made his name and reputation building highly authentic Selmer/Maccaferri guitars, mostly the six string models. However, he also took a strong interest in the Selmer/Maccaferri four-string models, including the Eddie Freeman Special and the tenor models, which now seem to be undergoing a significant revival amongst jazz musicians. He must be considered a leading builder of these four string models, which were based on meticulous research of the original instruments. David eventually acquired his own original Eddie Freeman Special giving him insights to the model that he used to improve his own instruments.
If you have any enquiries about the guitars below or would like to purchase any, please email Steve using the icon at the end of the description of each guitar.

David Hodson Selmer/Maccaferri style D-holed six string gypsy jazz guitar. Click each photo for a larger view.  [top]
Hodson Selmer Maccaferri-style Eddie Freeman Special
This was one of the first of these models ever built by David. The 25.25 inches longer scale length and the re-entrant CGDA tuning both produce an elegant six-string guitar sonority, which is perfect for jazz and dance band rhythm playing. The history of this instrument and its inventor are fascinating, particularly its unusual tuning system. Unfortunately, this guitar was not well received by the jazz and dance band guitar fraternity in 1930s UK and it was not a commercial success. Many were later converted to six string models, exploiting the fame created by the association of Maccaferri six string guitars with the jazz guitar playing of Django Reinhardt. Click each photo for a larger view.

Hodson Selmer Maccaferri-style Tenor
The conventional 23-inch scale length Selmer tenor. This is the companion instrument to my original tenor guitar built by Doug Foster. Click each photo for a larger view. [top]

Selmer-Maccaferri-style Tenor Guitar
This is the last Selmer-Maccaferri-style tenor guitar that David Hodson ever worked on before his untimely passing in 2007. It has the serial number 363 and was made in 2006 and finished off beautifully in 2015 by Mr Alan Marshall who used to make David's fretboards. This particular guitar has a passive under saddle pick up. It is a real privilege owning any instrument made by David Hodson but owning the last tenor David worked on is particularly special. Click each photo for a larger view. [top]