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Benedetto Bambino Deluxe Carpathian Elm Burl - One-Off!!!! Archtop Guitar  From Benedetto

14 1/2" Archtop guitar from Bob Benedetto


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What We Think

At 14 1/2" at the lower bout and with a depth of only 2 1/4", this Bambino Deluxe is a streamlined, comfortable player. This is one of the most comfortable bodies around without losing the feel and sound of a true archtop. The added sound holes and binding make this Deluxe the best looking Bambino we've ever had at the shop. Simple, but elegant, this guitar is inviting and extremely easy to play. The neck is amazing and it rests in your hand perfectly whether you're sitting or standing. 

Even with it's more modern streamlined design, this Bambino Deluxe has a surpisingly large acoustic sound with a deep, rounded tone. Plugged in, the Benedetto A6 humbucker sounds warm and full, and has plenty of clarity. The superior playability of this guitar almost defiantly invites you to play fast torrents of single lines, and the pickups are able to reproduce every tonal detail and nuance of phrasing and technique. Don't forget, though, this humbucker has a coil-tap function and can achieve clean, crisp single coil tones by pulling the tone knob.

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.


Body: Laminated Hollowbody Archtop: 14 1/2" lower bout, 2 1/4" body depth, Florentine cutaway

Top: Laminated Carpathian Elm Burl with sound openings

Back: Laminated maple

Sides: Laminated maple

Bracing: Parallel spruce

Binding: Multiples of black/white throughout

Neck: American Maple

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

Width at Nut: 1 11/16", bone

Scale: 25"

Frets: 22

Bridge: Ebony, adjustable with black wheels and posts

Tailpiece: Model EPS (Ebony Professional Series)

Pickups: 1 Benedetto A6 gold

Controls: Master volume, master tone with push/ pull coil tap, 3-way pickup selector

Hardward: Gold

Fingerrest: Ebony

Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

Strings: Pure nickel (.012-.052)

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