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Benedetto Bambino Deluxe Autumn Burst Archtop #52306 - Used  From Benedetto

Highly desirable and ultra rare in excellent condition Bambino Deluxe from Bob Benedetto!


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Condition: Used, Excellent

In looks, feel, and sound, it simply does not get more comfortable, more elegant, or more refined than this superlative Bambino Deluxe.  For starters, it's a hard guitar to keep from looking at.  The inlay work, the clean as can be purfling and binding, the fullbody burst, the figuring in the back--oof.  The neck just seems to say "go, go, go!"  We plugged this one when it showed up into a Henriksen JazzAmp and every jaw in the room hit the floor.  Clean and articulate, full and rich--a more genuine voice you will not find in a guitar this size!  At a minimum year lead time and $7500 price tag, these don't show up on the used market very often.  Once folks get a hold, they don't let go!  We're lucky to have this, no question--almost as lucky as the player who brings it home!

Manufacturer's Description from Benedetto

This is a Bambino with a Jazz Attitude. This deluxe version maintains the dimensional specifications of the Bambino model but adds modern sound holes, a flamed maple veneer top, gold hardware, and a deluxe binding package (w/b/w/b/w) to the body, neck and headstock. The sound holes enhance the acoustic volume to the unplugged instrument and give the guitar a more traditional archtop look with only a single pickup place in the rhythm position.

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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.


Model: Bambino Deluxe

Serial: 52306

Year: 2015

Color: Autumn Burst

Top: Spruce

Back: Laminated Maple

Sides: Laminated Maple

Bracing: Parallel Spruce

Binding: Multiples of Black/White Throughout

Neck: American Maple

Fingerboard: Ebony, 12

Width at Nut: 1 11/16"

Nut Material: Bone

Scale: 25"

Frets: 22

Bridge: Ebony, ajustable with black wheels and posts

Tailpiece: Model EPS

Pickup: 1 Benedetto B-6 Gold

Controls: Volume, Tone

Tuners: Gotoh Gold with Ebony Buttons

Fingerrest: Ebony

Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Upgrades: Upgraded Veneers fo Back, Neck, and Sides / C-Shape Neck / B-6 Pickup / Ebony Face Plate with Abalone Logo / Floral Pattern Inlay on Headstock / Cedar Creek Case

Case: Hardshell