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1989 Benedetto Manhattan Honey Blonde Archtop #19089-A -Used  From Benedetto


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Condition: Used, Good Signs of age, finish checking, some scratching, blemishes on headstock.

A beautiful Benedetto from the 80's! This instrument is worthy of a professional and if you've been looking for a traditional 17" archtop guitar to end your search this could be it! 

Manufacturer's Description from Benedetto

The Manhattan guitar has become the signature model of the Benedetto archtop line. Made under Bob’s scrupulous supervision, the Manhattan consists of only the finest materials, designs and craftsmanship, including the Benedetto fine–lined binding package, unbound ebony finger rest and Benedetto cello–style tailpiece. Bob painstakingly selects the tonewoods, reviews the voicings and inspects each guitar, assuring the ultimate in archtop beauty, tonality, and playability. Imitated but never equaled, the Manhattan has raised the standard of carved top guitars and is truly the instrument by which all other archtops are measured.

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About Manufacturer

Robert Benedetto is widely acknowledged as today's foremost maker of archtop guitars. Over a prolific four-decade career, he has personally handcrafted nearly 800 instruments, including 500 archtops. "My roots are in jazz guitar. It's been my love and my focus since Day One." Robert Benedetto was born October 22, 1946 in the Bronx, New York, into a family of artists, cabinet makers and musicians. He made his first archtop guitar in 1968. His reputation grew as he crafted guitars for noted players Bucky Pizzarelli, Chuck Wayne, Joe Diorio and Cal Collins, and, later, Johnny Smith, Jack Wilkins, Ron Eschete, Martin Taylor, Howard Alden, John Pizzarelli, Andy Summers, Jimmy Bruno and Kenny Burrell (collectively known as The Benedetto Players). His guitars appear on countless recordings, TV & film soundtracks, in videos, books, magazines, museums (including the Smithsonian Institution) and concerts worldwide. Bob & Cindy Benedetto were married in 1975. For over 30 years, Cindy has photographed and extensively documented Bob's guitars and their players. In 1994, they published the landmark book, Making an Archtop Guitar, following it in 1996 with its companion video, Archtop Guitar Design & Construction . That same year, Cindy organized the Benedetto Players in Concert series. In 2004, Mel Bay Publications produced the acclaimed "Benedetto: Body and Soul" DVD, a biography by William Doyle. From 1999-2006, Benedetto had a licensing agreement with Fender Musical Instruments to produce his models in a small, controlled manufacturing environment. In 2006, Benedetto joined forces with Howard Paul to bring Benedetto Guitars to the next level, manufacturing a broad line of more affordable professional instruments without compromising the unparalleled Benedetto worldwide reputation for singular quality. The new shop is located in Savannah, GA and is producing some of the finest guitars to ever carry the Benedetto name. Everything is done under Bob’s watchful eye with his unparalleled attention to detail and craftsmanship.


Serial Number: 19089-A

Year: 1989

Body: Archtop: 17" lower bout, 3" body depth Venetian cutaway

Top: Carved, hand–graduated and tuned, master grade European spruce

Back: Carved, hand–graduated master grade European flamed maple

Sides: Master grade European flamed maple

Bracing: X–braced European spruce

Binding: Fine–lined multiples of black/white throughout

Neck: Select, American flamed maple

Fingerboard: Ebony, 12" radius, with 12th fret abalone floral inlay

Width at Nut:1 ¾", bone

Scale: 25"

Frets: 21

Bridge: Ebony, adjustable with black wheels and posts

Tailpiece: Ebony with Benedetto tail adjuster

Pickup:1 Benedetto S–6 (suspended)

Controls: Volume mounted on fingerrest

Tuners: Gotoh gold with ebony buttons

Fingerrest: Ebony

Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer