Buscarino Short Scale Cabaret Nylon #DC09120517 - Used  From Buscarino

Beautifully figured Mastergrade Bearclaw Carpathian Spruce top and premium grade East Indian Rosewood on this short scale Cabaret!


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Condition: Used, Very Good

It is our absolute privilege to be the first to present this new iteration of John Buscarino's always-stunning Cabaret.  Leave it to the master to pull off a short scale nylon!  By using high tension strings in conjunction with the 25" scale, John has managed to offer a nylon that plays more effortlessly than any other similar "crossover" models out there while still offering the same complexity, richness, and projection that you can expect from all of his Cabarets. 

That comfy scale length isn't the only thing that makes this one special--name another time you've seen a flawlessly quartersawn, perfectly seasoned piece of East Indian on a back like that!  The top, too!  Rotate the guitar ever so lightly looking down at that Carpathian and you might get lost in the downright magical levels of the three-dimensionality in that grain.  But all of this in service of the voice--all of the color and detail you could ever ask for from a classical paired with all of the authority and punch a traditional archtop design has to offer.  Absolutely stunning!

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Manufacturer's Description from Buscarino

This gem starts out with a gorgeous Premium Grade perfectly quarter sawn piece of East Indian Rosewood that has been seasoned for over 10 years. It is topped with a Master Grade Bear Claw Carpathian Spruce which is tonally superior and eye catching as well. Macassar Ebony was chosen for the Fingerboard which is complimented by the Brazilian Rosewood Headstock Veneer and Bridge. I just love the shape of the oval sound hole on this model and used my custom Snakewood and Mother of Pearl Ribbon Rosette to bring all the details together. 
A 25 1/2" Fingerboard Scale is the industry standard scale length for a nylon string and is what I normally do but on this guitar I decided to shorten the scale length 25". It doesn't sound like much but the result is amazing. The shorter scale greatly reduces the string tension, the frets are closer together which makes complicated finger stretches easier to manage and I was able to get the action good and low without fret buzz or loss of volume. The end result is a stunning guitar with a warm and sweet tone that has plenty of Bass response, Trebles that sing, and is incredibly easy and comfortable to play. You can't ask for a whole lot more than that.
Buscarino Guitars

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.”


14 3/8" Body Width

3 3/4" to 4 1/8" Tapered Sides

1 15/16" Neck Width

Premium Grade East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides

Highly Figured Bear Claw Carpathian Spruce Top

One Piece Honduras Mahogany Neck

Macassar Ebony Fingerboard with 30" Radius

25" Scale, 19 Frets

Brazilian Rosewood Headstock Veneer

Curly Koa Binding with Red Purfling

Lattice Braced Top with Adirondack Spruce Braces

Brazilian Rosewood Variable Downbearing Bridge

Custom Oval Sound Hole Rosette with Snakewood and M.O.P. Ribbons

High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Stainless Steel Frets

Premium Sloan Tuners with Snakewood Buttons

Custom L.R. Baggs with Bone Saddle

Hand Carved Floral Sideport on Upper Bout

2 Way Adjustable Truss Rod

Hiscox Lite Flite Case