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Buscarino Virtuoso 7-String Archtop #CAP1069904 - Used  From Buscarino

A collector quality piece from the bench of John Buscarino!


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Condition: Used, Excellent

Collector grade magic from a living legend of archtop luthiery.  It's almost folly to even try to describe the level of quality we're talking about here.  The lines and curves of the entire instrument, the endlessly deep and status quo-eviscerating voice, the genuine comfort and deceptively inviting feel in general--words just don't do it justice. We'll lean on this: Superlative.

This is the ultimate in 7-string perfection, and it is truly an honor to have this instrument in our inventory. Up until now, it has been pampered in a private collection. The Buscarino 7 String features wood that is truly “master grade” and produces a huge warm sound that must be heard to be believed. Its acoustics are truly awesome. The oval hole design (originally conceived of by Orville Gibson on his first archtop guitar) allows for maximum volume and projection. The warmth of this cedar is simply unbelievable. It's grain and tone epitomize the symmetric potential of nature. The rosewood is as regal and rich as it comes, imbuing every note in this guitar's wide frequency range with delicate overtones.

Master Guitarist Craig Wagner's Reaction:

I remember that guitar fondly, so much so that the signature model guitar John Buscarino is getting ready to build for me is an oval hole archtop based on that very guitar. I always loved the sound of an oval hole archtop and you don't see them too often. The first one I remember hearing was Howard Alden's old Bennedetto that he played in the '90s (which I loved), but John took it to the next level with the carved cedar top and the rosewood back and sides. Its tone was bright, punchy and dark all at the same time, and loud too; it was warm but with that almost Maccaferri-esque kind of snap to it - and that was all before you even plugged it in! So yes... I guess I vaguely remember that guitar.

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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.

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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.”


Model: Virtuoso 7-String Oval Hole

Serial: CAP1069904

Body Wood: Rosewood

Top Wood: Western Red Cedar

Cutaway: Single Venetian

Neck: 3-Piece Bird's Eye Maple

Nut Width: 2 11/16"

Body Width: 17"

Body Depth: 3 3/8"

Side Port: Hand Carved Fleur de Lis

Finish: High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Purfling: Red/Black

Fingerboard: Cocobolo

Tailpiece: Cocobolo w/Virtuoso Inlay

Rosette: Oval with Snakewood Inlay and Mother of Pearl Ribbons

Scale: 25"

Number of Frets: 22

Headstock: Burl Veneer

Bridge: Cocobolo

Tuners: Schaller w/Snakewood Buttons

Pickups: Custom Acoustic Bridge Pickup

Case: Calton Custom Fitted Fibreglass #15821