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Buscarino Starlight Archtop Guitar  From Buscarino

A truly unique boutique archtop guitar


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Buscarino Guitars

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What We Think

It's been a while since we've taken delivery of a new model from Buscarino! This is a huge delight! The flamed maple top is absolutely stunning! And there is an optional solid rosewood pickguard that looks incredible on this guitar. We provide it seperate for those who love seeing the full beauty of the top, however, there are advantages to using the pickguard, such as a proper finger rest and a traditional archtop look and feel.

Typically, we get a single pickup archtop from John. This new model incorporates a versatile array of pickup tones with dual humbuckers that have all the thickness and clarity you need, with the addition of a push/push tone knob for coil tap action! All positions sound stellar, and the coil tap is a treat to engauge for a variety of styles.

I can go on for days! I recommend calling me to talk more about this great new Starlight model from John Buscarino. With very few made each year, this is a rare opportunity to own a truly world-class hand-carved archtop guitars from one of the best builders in the world.



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.”


2 Piece hollowed out Sapele African Mahagony Body (also available in one piece honduras mahogany hollowed out body)
Carved and Arched Big Leaf Flame Maple Top with F-Holes (also available with a spruce top)
1 Piece Sapele Mahogany Neck with Deadbolt Neck Joint
1 3/4" Neck Width, 25" Scale, 22 Frets
Ebony/Maple/Ebony Body Purfling
Pommele Bubinga Headstock Veneer (also available with macassar Ebony or Ebony)
Macassar Ebony Fingerboard with 12" Radius and Stainless Steel Jumbo Pyramid Style Frets
Lock Top Design to Eliminate feedback, which is a block in the center of the guitar joining the top and the back together. (also available without the block)
2 Buscarino Signature Built-In Humbuckers (also available in a one pickup  model)
3 way selector switch
Gotoh Tuners with Ebony Buttons
Finished with Nitrocellulose Lacquer in honey Sunburst
Gotoh Tune-O-Matic Bridge and Gotoh Stop Tailpiece (model without the block in the center comes with a wooden trapeze tailpiece)
2 way adjustable truss rod
TKL custom case