Benedetto Bravo Blonde Archtop #172 - Used  From Benedetto

1 Pickup Laminated 16" Archtop

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What We Think

Back again!  This one was sold to a great customer of ours who opted to go in a different direction after several months of play.  Took great care of it--our luthier didn't need to do a thing to it upon its return.  Here's what struck us the first go 'round:

You can't beat a Bravo for reliable, professional grade feel, fit'n'finish, and, of course, sound.  Many players pursue this model for the specific inherent virtues of an ergonomic, comfortable design (particularly compared to more traditional, big-body designs) and focused, feedback resistant amplified voice.  The previous owner took this one up a notch with upgraded tailpiece and pickguard as well as a Benedetto B6 in place of the original A6.  After a fret dress and setup from our luthier, this guitar is ready for hours upon hours of playing.

Condition: Used, Very Good

There a couple dings in the binding, pictures of these are in the gallery.

Manufacturer's Description from Benedetto

The Bravo was designed to gratify the player's need for a tastefully-detailed, rich and full-sounding thin-body that they could travel with-the next generation archtop guitar. It utilizes lightweight laminated spruce top and flamed maple back construction. The Bravo features a hand-shaped, flamed maple neck, gorgeous abalone floral inlay at the 12th fret and the Benedetto A6 humbucking pickup. Crafted for the player who has longed to express himself or herself on an instrument of the highest order, there simply is no substitute for the Benedetto pedigree. 

Benedetto Guitars

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: Laminated Archtop: 16" lower bout, 2 ½" body depth, Venetian cutaway

Top: Laminated select spruce

Back: Laminated flamed maple

Sides: Solid flamed maple

Bracing: Parallel Spruce

Binding: Top & Back: wht/blk/wht

Neck: white

Headstock: white

Neck: Flamed maple

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

Width at Nut: 1 ¾", bone

Scale: 25"

Frets: 22

Bridge: Ebony, adjustable with black wheels and posts

Tailpiece: Authentic

Pickup: 1 Benedetto B–6

Controls: Volume and Tone

Tuners: Gotoh gold with ebony buttons

Pickguard: Authentic

Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

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