16" Thinline Virtuoso Archtop Guitar
This is a one-off 16" thinline version of John Buscarino's masterpiece, the Virtuoso. We were lucky to come across this instrument in a trade. It's a 2008 model and in mint condition. This is truly one of the best small bodied archtop guitars we've ever seen. More photos available by request.
The masterpiece of this instrument collection is the Virtuoso. From top to bottom, this is the most elaborate of the Buscarino archtop guitars. Master grade woods are standard throughout. The headstock's exotic burled-wood faceplate is adorned with an ornate inlay and a unique mother-of-pearl banner inscribed with "Virtuoso." Burled wood veneers on the back of the headstock and the heelcap complete the exotic motif. The specially patterned Mother-of-Pearl inlays are standard in the fingerboard and tailpiece, although block inlays may be substituted. Delicate fine-line binding is employed throughout the instrument. Virtuoso options include natural wood binding and vine inlay fingerboard and tailpiece. A superb "treasured work of art".
The Virtuoso headstock exotic burl wood faceplate is adorned with an ornate inlay with a unique mother-of-pearl banner inscribed with "Virtuoso". Burled wood veneers on the back of the headstock and heel cap complete the exotic motif. Comes standard with full binding and intricately mitered perflings. On the wood bound model, the Burl veneer is laminated to veneers of maple and ebony and beveled to create the pinstripe effect.
The Virtuoso comes standard with a three piece multi-laminate neck constructed from highly figured and aged seasoned rock maple. The back of the headstock is laminated with veneers of Burl, Ebony and Maple. These veneers are sculpted to blend into the contour of the neck for a stunning effect.
The Virtuoso back is carved from the finest quality quartersawn Master-grade Flame Maple. The top is carved from aged and seasoned Master-grade Sitka Spruce. European Cello woods are also available at no extra charge.
The Virtuoso comes standard with a true Buscarino innovative tailpiece. This superior performing tailpiece adds sustain and warmth to the performance of this and every Buscarino Archtop guitar. It is sculptured from a solid block of ebony with a machined solid brass hinged bracket for coupling this tailpiece to the body. The Virtuoso comes with your choice of Vine or Virtuoso tailpiece inlay. Your tailpiece will match any exotic wood motif you order.
The Virtuoso comes standard with many different pickguard options. All Virtuoso pickguards are made in a variety of Solid Exotic woods depending on the motif you choose (eg. Coco Bolo, Ebony, Snakewood etc.). You may choose either the large or small pickguard unbound or fully bound. For The Virtuoso made with wood binding you may also choose the multi-laminated and beveled pickguard.
Matching wood binding and perflings are standard throughout the instrument. Also included is a delicate inlayed perfling around the f-holes to give them a beautiful bound look.
The Virtuoso comes standard with Schaller gold precision tuning machines with snakewood buttons. Gold or Ebony buttons are available at no additional charge.
The Virtuoso comes standard with the custom Buscarino Signature floating humbucker designed by Kent Armstrong. This pickup is specially tuned to maximize the performance of the archtop and enhance that classic jazz sound. This pickup was designed with special feedback reduction features and is molded into an ebonized epoxy compound for long life and superior performance.
16" body width
1 11/16" nut width
Aged and Seasoned Master Grade Figured Maple Back and Sides
Aged and Seasoned Sitka Spruce Top
Single Venetian cutaway
Body depth 2 1/4""
High-gloss lacquer finish in Traditional Sunburst
Matching wood binding
Chamfered and Sculpted F-holes
Virtuoso inlay on tailpiece
Laminated 3-piece Flame Maple neck
Solid Ebony fingerboard, pickguard, and tailpiece
Solid Ebony saddle
Burl veneer on headstock face and rear,
Schaller tuners with Snakewood buttons
25" fingerboard scale, 22 frets
Two-way adjustable truss-rod
Buscarino Signature Set Humbucker
5-ply double-arched plush-lined Signature case
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