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Buscarino Starlight Alaskan Yellow Cedar Archtop #SP04118216  From Buscarino

An Alaskan Yellow Cedar top makes this beautiful Buscarino even more amazing! 


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What We Think

There's just nothing like a Starlight!  While every model we've gotten in manages to uniquely span the gap between complex acoustical tone and solid-body-esque lighting response, this one in particular really floored us.  The neck alone is worth fawning over: a flat, fast profile is perfectly complimented by a spacious 1 23/32" nut and impeccable Macassar Ebony on the fretboard.  Cedar and Mahogany is typically a wood choice you see on classical guitars, the goal there being a highly responsive and nuanced sound.  In this application, the combination makes for a very balanced, organic tone, with the slightest emphasis on the midrange.  The gorgeous Alaskan Yellow Cedar in particular is denser and brighter than the reddish-brown cedar most of us are used to seeing, lending the guitar a wonderful clarity that eludes most Cedar/Mahogany instruments--cycle through the various pickup positions at your disposal and you'll find that each unique voice is just as full and crystal-clear as the last.  Call us up today and find out how this genuine work of art speaks for you!

Manufacturer's Description from Buscarino

A guitar's primary function is usually measured in musical terms: its ability to produce precise notes, chords and passages on demand. Consistency is the ultimate test of its perfection. But to the Master luthier and craftsman John Buscarino, this is only a beginning. John is one of the few luthiers working today; a solo artisan handcrafting guitars suited to each customer's personal needs. His instruments are prized not just for the beautiful sounds they produce, but also as the cherished possessions they inevitably become. Guitar player Steve Morse considers his Buscarino guitars "treasured works of art," as do many of John's customers.

John is unique among today's guitar builders in that he apprenticed with not one but two master luthiers. The first was Augustine LoPrinzi, from whom John learned the finer points of building classical guitars.

John later worked with famed archtop builder Robert Benedetto, spending years perfecting the woodworking skills that today make him a master luthier in his own right.

John has created hundreds of exquisite guitars using proven methods passed down over generations. He constantly refines these time-tested techniques, taking each to new levels of perfection in mastering the art of lutherie.

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.”


Starlight Archtop

Serial Number: SP04118216

2-Piece Hollowed Out Ribbon Striped Sapele Mahogany Body

Carved and Arched Alaska Yellow Cedar Top

1-Piece Sapele Mahogany Neck w/ Deadbolt Neck Joint

1 23/32" Neck Width

25" Scale

22 Frets

Block Inlays w/ Macassar Ebony Stripes

14" Body Width

1 3/4" Sides

Macassar Ebony Fingerboard, Tailpiece, Headstock Veneer Front, Pickguard and Bridge

Elm Burl Rear Headstock Veneer

Stainless Steel Frets

2 Kent Armstrong Built-In Humbuckers w/ Adjustable Pole Pieces, Alnico 3 in Front, Alnico 5 in Rear

3-Way Selector Switch, Master Volume and Master Tone w/ Push/Pull for Coil Splitting

Gotoh Delta Tuners w/ Ebony Buttons

Graph Tech Tune-o-Matic Bridge

Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish in Natural

2-Way Adjustable Truss Rod

TKL Custom Case