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Buscarino Starlight Flame Maple Archtop Guitar #SP09122718  From Buscarino

Buscarino's signature 14" archtop, Flame Maple top on one piece Honduras Mahogany!


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Pure mastery.  John Buscarino excels among peers and forefathers alike when it comes to bringing modern playability and versatility together with pure craftsmanship and, most importantly, tone.  It's simply unreal how comfortable and downright encouraging it is to play this instrument.  The neck alone has the uncanny trait of appealling to both solid body and traditional archtop players--fairly wide and flat but far from chunky or cumbersome.  John's signature humbuckers along with the push/pull coil splitting feature allow for a wonderful range of colors for the player's palette, each as compelling as the last.  The bass response, sustain, and natural reverb (truly!) alone are a revelation--even when you're not plugged in!  Just make sure you're ready for some honesty when you pick up this Starlight--every little detail your left and right hands impart are front and center for all to hear!  A teacher and lesson all in one.    

Manufacturer's Description from Buscarino

The starlight archtop is a 14″ hollowed out electric guitar that offers a big sound in a smaller size. By hollowing out the cavity this guitar has a decent amount of acoustic sound. Great for working out your arrangements or practicing when you don’t want to or can’t be plugged in hotels, apartments, late night practice sessions when the family is asleep or anywhere you can’t be plugged in you can still hear yourself play without amplification. Choice of sapele or honduras mahogany for the body, sitka spruce or flame maple for the top, one or two pickups, wooden or stop tailpiece, inlays or no inlays, pickguard or no pickguard, 6 or 7 strings; plenty of choices to tailor this guitar to suit your needs. The deadbolt neck joint of my own design gives superior strength and sustain of a neck thru body design with the convenience of a bolt on neck. The joint is a mortise and tenon with only 2 bolts instead of the standard 4 and the heel is contoured for ease of playability on the upper frets and genuine overall comfort. The f-holes give it that archtop look and feel and my signature pickups let you dial in whatever tone you need for whatever music you need to play.

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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.”


Serial Number: SP09122718

Body: 1 Piece Hollowed Out Honduras Mahogany

Top: Flame Maple

Neck: 1 Piece Honduras Mahogany

Neck Joint: Deadbolt

Neck Width: 1 23/32"

Scale Length: 25"

Frets: 22, Stainless Steel

Body: 14"

Sides: 1 3/4"

Headstock Veneer: Ebony

Fingerboard: Ebony

Fingerboard Inlay: Pau Shell Dots

Tailpiece: Ebony

Pickups: Buscarino Signature Humbuckers, Honduras Mounting Rings

Switching: 3 Way

Controls: Volume, Tone, Push Pull (Coil Splitting)

Tuners: Gotoh, Ebony Buttons

Pickguard: Honduras Mahogany (Removable)

Bridge: Resomax Tune O Matic

Finish: Honey Sunburst, Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Truss Rod: 2 Way Adjustable

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