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Buscarino Starlight Archtop Guitar 2513  From Buscarino

A truly unique boutique archtop guitar


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What We Think

For those of you who know John's work, you know it's nothing short of amazing. You also may equate these stellar archtop guitars with a high price-point. Well, times are a changin', and the Starlight series offers truly professional hand-built quality, at a price that is much more reasonable the previous offerings.

What I especially love about this build is the compact size, elegant looks, versatile pickup arrangment, and stealthy upgrades that you'll have to seek out to know they're there, like the push/push tone knob to engage the acoustic pickup. This feature brings this archtop guitar to a place not many can venture. When plugged in, you get 3 distinctive and bold flavors from the humbuckers, and when the acoustic pickup is engaged, classical and jazz playing are both right at home.

Take a look in the F-holes and you may not see anything too different at first, but wait! are the edges curved? by golly, they are! The back and sides are actually 1 piece that has been completely hollowed out. Structurally strong and perfectly matched with a carved spruce top, the vibrance I feel when playing unplugged is inspiring! Plug in, and any gig or recording session is your ouster. 

Call or Email for more info. There are only a few of these out on the market. Be one of the first to experience a truly special hand-crafted archtop that caters to a wide variety of styles and tones



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

1 piece swamp ash body- completely hollow

carved and arched sitka spruce top

1 piece sapele mahogany neck with deadbolt neck joint

1 23/32" neck width

25" scale

22 frets

 14"body width

1 3/4" sides

macassar ebony headstock veneer and knobs

ebony fingerboard, tailpiece and bridge

SS Medium frets

2 buscarino built in humbuckers alnico 5 matched set

barbara acoustic transducer pickup

3 way selector switch and tone control for the mag pickups

push tone control to engage acoustic pickup

gotoh tuners with ebony buttons

gotoh tuneomatic bridge

gotoh stop tailpiece

nitrocellulose laquer finish

2 way adjustable truss rod

tkl custom case

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