He wrote the book on archtop guitar building. Literally. The most influential jazz guitar builder of the late 20th century, Bob Benedetto almost single-handedly jump-started the contemporary revival of fine handbuilt archtop guitars, and his client roster is an A-list of the topmost echelon of jazz guitar talent. Many of Benedetto's design concepts have been adopted as benchmarks, and an entire generation of today's top-tier builders count themselves as students or disciples.
A full-depth 17" instrument, this striking guitar shows particularly intense quilted maple in the back, with the neck bookmatched in dramatic tiger flame. The soundboard is carved of solid fine grained quartersawn spruce, and X-braced for maximum punch and clarity, like the classic L-5.
The headstock is in the style of the Venezia model, with ornate abalone and pearl inlay. The guitar has been maintained in wonderful condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Apart from some wear on the pickup cover, the instrument shows few signs of play altogether. The solid ebony fingerboard has a generous 1 3/4" nut, and the gentle D profile neck sits smartly in the hand, with smooth and low action over a fresh high-precision setup. The acoustic voice is warm, rich and focused, and the box retains a rich acoustic response that's transmitted faithfully to the amp through the built-in A-6 humbucking pickup. A special bonus is the push-pull tone control, which switches the pickup into single coil mode, an option no longer available from the factory.
Bob's Flagship Series guitars are made to order, one at a time, and the wait list can be lengthy indeed. A rare opportunity to jump the queue, and bag a bargain in the process. One only, call now.
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