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Benedetto Bambino Elite One-off Antique Burst S1082 Archtop Guitar  From Benedetto

Flagship Fully Carved Archtop with 14 1/2" lower bout and Florentine cutaway


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Manufacturer's Description from Benedetto

This captivating guitar has a master grade, hand carved spruce top and features a quilted maple hand carved back with matching sides. At 14 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" deep, the Bambino Elite is small in stature but huge in tonality and flexibility. This particular guitar is a one-off antique burst finish (slightly darker than the violin burst normally used on this model). More pictures available by request.

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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: Carved Archtop: 14 1/2" lower bout, 2 1/4" body depth, Florentine cutaway

Top: Carved select spruce

Back: Carved select quilted maple

Sides: Solid select quilted maple

Bracing: Parallel spruce

Binding: None

Neck: Flamed 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: Ebony with Benedetto tail adjuster

Pickups: 1 Benedetto B-6 black

Controls: Master volume, master tone with push/ pull coil tap

Hardward: Black tuning machines with ebony buttons

Fingerrest: Ebony

Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

Color: One-of-a-kind Antique Burst

Strings: Pure nickel (.012-.052)






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