John Buscarino is one of the names you'll hear on virtually every short list of the premier contemporary archtop builders. Having worked closely with luthiery legend Bob Benedetto for a number of years, John also studied with the great Augie LoPrizi of classical and flat top fame. His artist list includes George Benson, Russell Malone, Ron Affif, Gene Bertoncini and many more, all keeping Buscarino's handmade instruments in considerable demand.

The Monarch is a full depth, hand carved acoustic archtop in the classic tradition, with an X- braced 17" body, all ebony hardware and fingerboard, and simply dizzying tonewood. A spectacular custom instrument, this presentation-grade example is crafted with an ornate tree-of-life inlay in rainbow hued Paua abalone, over a solid black ebony fingerboard.

The body and neck are crafted of flamed maple of exceptional intensity, and the solid tap-tuned soundboard shows exceptionally tight grain, closely interwoven with crossgrain silk from rim to rim, and whose pronounced red mineralization is strongly suggestive of Adirondack spruce. The neck has an solid feel, with a gently flattened U profile, and smooth low action over a fresh high-precision setup. The voice is supple and responsive, and the instrument is finely balanced and richly resonant.

This example is 100% original, and shows no pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Apart from a single hairline finish check near the guard, the instrument appears in virtually unplayed condition. With impeccable fit, finish and finesse, this outstanding instrument is a true hand built classic by a modern master. And for one lucky player only, available at a last-century price. One only: call now.

Year Condition Color Case
1994 Near Mint blonde Original Hard

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