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Buscarino 7-string Oval-hole Virtuoso Archtop- Pre-Owned  From Buscarino

The Ultimate 7-String from the Masterful John Buscarino!   


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What We Think

This is the ultimate in 7-string perfection, and it is truly an honor to have this instrument in our inventory. Up until now, it has been pampered in a private collection. The Buscarino 7 String features wood that is truly “master grade” and produces a huge warm sound that must be heard to be believed. Its acoustics are truly awesome. The oval hole design (originally conceived of by Orville Gibson on his first archtop guitar) allows for maximum volume and projection. The warmth of this cedar is simply unbelievable. It's grain and tone epitomize the symmetric potential of nature. The rosewood is as regal and rich as it comes, imbuing every note in this guitar's wide frequency range with delicate overtones.
Master Guitarist Craig Wagner's Reaction:
I remember that guitar fondly, so much so that the signature model guitar John Buscarino is getting ready to build for me is an oval hole archtop based on that very guitar. I always loved the sound of an oval hole archtop and you don't see them too often. The first one I remember hearing was Howard Alden's old Bennedetto that he played in the '90s (which I loved), but John took it to the next level with the carved cedar top and the rosewood back and sides. Its tone was bright, punchy and dark all at the same time, and loud too; it was warm but with that almost Maccaferri-esque kind of snap to it - and that was all before you even plugged it in! So yes... I guess I vaguely remember that guitar. :)

Buscarino 7-string Oval-hole Virtuoso Archtop Demo

The Buscarino Virtuoso Archtop is the standard by which all arch tops are set. As much of a pleasure to look at as it is to play the Virtuoso is the perfect blend of brains, beauty and acoustic excellence that forms an extraordinary combination that is impossible to equal.This guitar is available for SoundPure’s Try-Before-You-Buy program, so if you want to hear how this guitar sounds in your studio, shoot us an email at Archtops@SoundPure.com. If you like what you hear, check out the gear used in this video at SoundPure.com, or give us a call anytime at 919.682.5552. Thanks for watching!

Manufacturer's Description from Buscarino

As the crown jewel of our Archtop Collection, the Virtuoso is the standard by which all other archtops are set. Built to the most exacting standards, only the finest and highest grade materials are utilized for the crafting of this exquisite instrument. With the plethora of choices available on this guitar, from highly figured and exotic woods to unique inlays and custom colors, the only limit is your imagination. As much of a pleasure to look at as it is to play, the Virtuoso is the perfect blend of brains, beauty and acoustic excellence that forms an extraordinary combination that is impossible to equal.

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About Manufacturer

Over the past 25 years John Buscarino has slowly worked is way into the upper echelon of archtop builders. He apprenticed with Classical Builder Augustine LoPrinzi and the renowned Archtop builder Robert Benedetto. He has studied and repaired hundreds of vintage instruments, which has increased his knowledge of guitar construction and has allowed him to apply that knowledge to the building of his own instruments. In his words, “Nothing is more important to me than building the guitar that is perfect for you. I can’t stress enough how important it is for a luthier to know his customer, you can’t build a guitar for someone without knowing what it is that is important to them. By taking the time to talk with you and find out what it is you are hoping to get out of your new guitar I can build you the guitar you have always dreamed of. One of the best things about ordering a custom guitar is you get to choose your specs. With a production guitar you have to take what they give you but with a custom instrument you get to choose the things that are most important to you. With our wide array of options and models to choose from we make it easy for you to design the guitar that is just right for you. I am always in search of the finest products to use on and in my guitars. I have tested numerous products from lacquers to tuners, from cases to sandpaper. I have experimented with several different woods for bridges and saddles, have checked out multitudes of endpin jacks and tested miles of cables all to make sure that only the very best goes into each and every Buscarino Guitar Ever since I started building guitars over 20 years ago I have been collecting and storing high quality instrument grade wood. It is seasoned and aged to perfection before I even think about using it for one of my guitars. One of my strictest requirements is that the wood must be aged and seasoned for at least four years before I will use it to build an instrument. By acclimatizing the wood in my own shop I can guarantee the stability of each and every one of my instruments. Tired of the same old Ebony Fingerboards, Pickguards, Tailpieces and Bridges? Why not try something new and exciting that will make your guitar unique and different. I have several high-quality exotic woods to choose from that will turn your guitar from a Work of Art into a Masterpiece. At least one of every model I make is owned and played by a professional touring musician. By having these guitars out on the road, played in every imaginable setting from an outdoor reception to Carnegie Hall, from a Smoky Club in New York City to a cozy Caf? On the Shores of Italy, I can say with absolute certainty that I have designed a guitar that stands the test of time. With proper care and handling, Gig after Gig your Buscarino will perform as good if not better than the day you bought it. As a Guitarist myself, having studied Classical Guitar and having worked in bands for over 10 years, I have first hand knowledge of what a guitar player needs and expects out of his guitar. I pride myself in designing a guitar that has the perfect balance of form and function. One of the most frequent comments that I hear from those who own and play my instruments is how comfortable and easy they are to play, which for me is the finest compliment I can receive.”


7-string Virtuoso Oval Hole Archtop:
17" Body Width, 3 3/8" Sides
2 11/16" Neck Width
Rosewood Back and Sides
Western Red Cedar Top
Oval Hole
Oval Rosette with Snakewood Inlay and Mother of Pearl Ribbons 
Hand Carved Fleur de Lis Sideport
Custom Humbucker Cover 
Bird's Eye Maple 3 piece neck Stained to match top
Cocobolo Wood Binding with Red and Black Purflings
Cocobolo fingerboard, tailpiece and bridge
Burl Headstock Veneer
Custom Acoustic Bridge Pickup
Snakewood Tuner Buttons
Buscarino signature pickup
Virtuoso Inlay on Tailpiece
Serial number: CA1069904