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2008 Benedetto Benny, Bubinga/Maple, 40th Anniversary One-Off

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SN#: S-1610

Body size at lower bout: 14 3/8" Body Depth: 1 7/8"" Scale length: 25" Nut: 1 3/4"

Materials: Solid bookmatched carved spalted alder top; chambered mahogany body; one piece mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard; ebony truss rod cover; bound body; solid graphite nut; custom abalone/pearl 40th anniversary logo.

Hardware: Hardware includes twin gold A-6 humbucking pickups; gold Tech-Tonic micro-adjusting stop tailpiece, master volume and tone controls with ebony knobs, push-pull coil tap selector on tone knob shaft; 3-way pickup selector switch; gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons.

Notes: He wrote the book on archtop guitar building. Literally. The most influential jazz guitar builder of the late 20th century, Bob Benedetto virtually single-handedly jump-started the contemporary revival of fine handbuilt archtop guitars, and his client roster is an A-list of the topmost echelon of jazz guitar talent.

The Benny is Bob's innovative take on the contemporary solid body guitar. Perfect for jazz, blues, fusion, or any combination of the above, the Benny is a custom tailored guitar in an off-the-rack world: the first Les Paul for grownups. The instrument delivers a surpassing variety of tonal colors, in an instrument that is notably lighter, more resonant and better balanced than its Gibson counterpart. Jazz players will find the generous 1 3/4" fingerboard a welcome alternative to cramped electric necks, and the Tech-Tonic bridge allows the player to adjust not only for intonation, but for separate height on each string individually, a major improvement over the conventional Tuneamatic bridge. With master volume, tone and toggle switch, the controls are simple and to the point, and feature a push-pull coil tap shaft on the tone control, allowing the player to choose between the warm, fat tone of a humbucking pickup, or the clear, open voice of a classic single coil.

This instrument is a Benedetto Custom One-Off commemorating Bob's 40th Anniversary as a luthier. One of only three to bear the unique abalone/pearl 40 Year peghead logo, this spectacular instrument features a solid top carved of highly figured bubinga, a deeply lustrous African hardwood, with a centerstripe of tiger flame maple. In virtually unplayed condition, the guitar is signed by Bob himself, and is accompanied with its certificate of authenticity, complete accessory kit and Benedetto hardshell case. One only, no others will be made. Call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Deluxe Benedetto arched plushlined hardshell case.





















































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