Benedetto Americana 17" Archtop Guitar  From Benedetto

17" Carved Archtop from Bob Benedetto

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A very fine new guitar from Bob Benedetto's shop in Savannah, GA. This is a very impressive full size, full depth archtop and the least expensive fully carved instrument in the Benedetto line. It has tons of resonance and a huge sound while still maintaining the signature smoothness of a Benedetto guitar.

Manufacturer's Description from Benedetto

The Americana is one of our most affordable carved archtops ever! Designed by Bob specifically to take advantage of our vast inventory of fine musical instrument grade tonewoods, we have produced this master grade model with an extraordinary acoustic voice and perfect amplified qualities. Its unique La Venezia headstock shape, Deluxe binding, singular abalone and pearl inlay on a black faceplate, and hand graduated top and back with one built-in pickup will give the jazz guitarist the ultimate full sized gigging guitar.

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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.

Specifications

BODY Carved Archtop 17" lower bout, 3" body depth, Venetian cutaway

TOP Carved Spruce (European or American as available)

BACK Carved Curly or Quilted Maple (European or American as available)

SIDES Solid Curly or Quilted maple (to match back)

BRACING Parallel Spruce

BINDING Deluxe binding package - multiples of black and white throughout

NECK Flamed maple

FINGERBOARD Ebony, 12" Radius

WIDTH AT NUT 1 3/4"

SCALE 25"

FRETS 22

BRIDGE Ebony adjustable with black wheels and posts

TAILPIECE Model EPS (Ebony Professional Series)

PICKUP 1 Benedetto A-6 Gold

CONTROLS Volume and push/pull tone coil tap

HARDWARE Gold

FINGERREST Ebony

FINISH Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

COLORS Claret, Antiqueburst, Honey Blonde or Opulent Brown

STRINGS Pure nickel (.012 - .052)

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