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Benedetto Bravo Semi-Hollow One-Off Cherry Archtop Guitar  From Benedetto

2 Pickup Semi-Hollow Archtop

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What We Think

A semi-hollow with everything I would expect from a Benedetto. An incredible neck (Benedettos have some of the fastest, most consistent necks), great pickups, and a comfortable body built for performance. The laminate semi-hollow construction means that this is one jazz guitar that will not have significant feedback issues. This is perfect for anyone who wants to get a warm, full hollowbody tone at loud venues or with a large ensemble. The Benedetto A6 pickups are voiced perfectly for this body, providing warmth and clarity with an even response anywhere on the neck. Add a coil-tapping push-pull pot and you have an extremely versatile instrument that can be used in a variety of settings.

I can't say enough about this neck, I feel incredibly comfortable playing it. This guitar is the sort of instrument that puts you at ease and allows you to perform at your highest level because you are confident in it feeling and sounding as good as you have always wanted it to. This is one instrument that begs to be played!

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 Semi-hollow Archtop: 16" lower bout, 2 1/2" body depth, Venetian cutaway

Body:Solid Block under bridge and pickups

Top: Laminated select spruce

Back: Laminated select 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 3/4", bone

Scale: 25"

Frets: 22

Bridge: Tonepros Tune-o-matic

Pickup: 2 Benedetto A-6 Gold

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

Hardware: Gold

Fingerrest: Ebony

Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

Strings: Pure nickel (.011-.049)

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