Manouche Model 5 with cutaway and custom handmade brass tailpiece

Manouche Model 5 with cutaway and custom handmade brass tailpiece

Model 5

Mama's got a whole new manouche

Mon dieu! The Hot Club of France would never have known what hit them. The model 5 is a new body style specifically tailored to fit the sonic requirements and freaky french hairstyles that get tucked under the jaunty beret of that unchained Django of a nasal-inflected, baguette-blasting beast, the mighty manouche guitar. And, as you can see from the gallery above, it comes in multiple body sizes and configurations as well. (Hint: that's why they call 'em "custom...")


Beardsell guitars come in several body shapes and styles: large, medium, and small bodied steel-string acoustic, solid-body electric, semi-acoustic arch top electric, nylon string, manouche-style, and harp guitar (we even make a pretty sweet mandolin and a killer electric banjo).

Get an eyeful of the photos in the various galleries strewn throughout the site. See something you like that's almost-but-not-quite what you're looking for? Feel free to order "off the menu," as many already have. Truth be told, we've created many "hybrid" instruments over the years, with most features available on one model transferrable (within reason) to just about anything else (like an archtop-style custom brass tailpiece on a steel-string flattop, or a multi-scale classical guitar, or a cutaway banjolectric, or... well, you get the idea).

Venetian or Florentine cutaways, unconventional fingerboard extensions, wacky amplification solutions, sideports (with or without sliding covers), whimsical logo styles, personalized inlays, motorized, remote-controlled attachments of dubious form and function... it's all to play for. Whatever you have in mind, Al will be happy to discuss various options and possibilities with you.