What the guitar press has to say
Gitano de Luxe with Big Tone pickup
“Hot Club News”, Issue 3/99, test report by Thomas Eder
“What a sound!” Such a long lasting, warm tone. The unbelievable volume is not just apparent when playing chords. Soloing, each string asserts itself with authority. The string action feels like it was set up especially for me. My left hand moves effortlessly up and down the neck and over the fingerboard. Regardless of whether I play loud or softly, the guitar obeys my every command. I plug the guitar into the amplifier. The pickup picks up each string uniformly. The amplified sound has the same authentic character as the acoustic sound. A masterpiece!”
Hahl Gitano de Luxe
“Gitarre & Bass”, Issue 12/98, test report by Paul Schleip
“Stefan Hahl attaches great value to knowing exactly what his customers want – usually with no extra charge. Since he personally handcrafts every instrument, he is able to realize specific customer preferences. The instrument I received for the test is really first class. With no exaggeration, it is a true feast for the eyes. The guitar is particularly light and plays with precision. Assertive with clear lows in rhythm playing, the guitar demonstrates its greatest character playing single line melody, the notes sparkling with cleanness and clarity. Anyone looking for a first class, handmade, tastefully designed instrument with fully individual sound aesthetics (not just Django fans) will be pleased with this Hahl guitar.”
“Hot Club News”, Issue 4/96, test report by Bernhard Gierstl
“The Guitar that I tested was the Gitano, a copy of the original Selmer No.706 (O soundhole) that Stefan had restored. This provided him with the opportunity to carefully study the guitar and obtain its exact proportions. Visually speaking, the Gitano is very impressive. The workmanship and tonewoods are crème de la crème. The string action is set perfectly and leaves the artist sufficient room for individual expression and dynamics. The guitar has the typical sound you would expect from this type of guitar. Single notes are sharp and precise with powerful bite and when used to accompany the sound is well rounded, full and powerful. There’s also nothing stingy about its loudness. Tone, playability and finally the looks make Gitano a top class instrument. Considering the exceptional quality of the guitar, the value the buyer obtains for the price is more than good. The person who calls this guitar his or her own has found a guitar for life.”
Hahl Gitano O & Gitano D
“Akustik Gitarre”, Issue 2/97, test report by Ralf Bauer
“Both the Django guitars from Stefan Hahl left me with an unusually positive impression. As regards materials and quality of workmanship and, not to be forgotten, constructional expertise, the guitars are at the top of their class. Due to the percussive character of the chords and the cutting personality of the single notes, both these guitars are ideally suited for either rhythm or solos.”
Hahl Gitano D
“Hot Club News”, Issue 4/98, test report by Roland Wondra
“The guitar I received from Stefan Hahl for the test is yet another example of his ability to bridge the gap between traditional sound and authentic looks in a new instrument. Already at first sight, the guitar leaves nothing to be desired. The workmanship is really first class (as is to be expected from Stefan). The guitar is very light in my hands and with the first tones I play its sound amazes me. Both bass and high notes are uniform and balanced, exhibiting long sustain, the neck fits my hand perfectly and the Gitano D has punch!
Rhythm playing is effortless, as if automatic, and can be powerful and loud or soft and vocal. The guitar does everything the guitarist wants. The longer I play this instrument, the more I like it.
The incredible playability of the guitar facilitates soloing and when I jam with other musicians, I have no problem asserting myself acoustically thanks to the enormous volume.
The Gitano D is a super instrument and in my opinion truly a worthy heir to its legendary predecessor. The price is also reasonable. So if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for someone dear to you (or better yet, for yourself!!) …”