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2017 Benedetto Bravo
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Body size at lower bout: 16" Body Depth: 2 1/2" Scale length: 25" Nut: 1 3/4" Neck depth: .84/.93 1st/10th fret
Finish: Opulent brown, nitrocellulose type
Materials: Arched custom-laminate spruce top with solid spruce braces; arched custom-laminate maple body; solid maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; gold headstock logo; bound body; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Hardware includes Benedetto A-6 humbucking pickup and 16x1 tuners with ebony buttons; solid ebony tailpiece, fingerrest, knobs and truss rod cover.
Notes: The iconic name in the contemporary archtop guitar, Bob Bendetto has set the standard for the craft in over three decades of innovative custom luthiery. The Bravo series is the ultimate extension of a process begun some 60 years ago, with the introduction of the Gibson ES-175. Long prized by working players for its versatility and reliability, the 16" cutaway body with the built-in pickup was further refined by Jimmy D'Aquisto in the '70's. With its slimmer body depth and custom laminated soundboards, D'Aquisto's electric guitar was both more playable and sonically rewarding.
Today, with 16" guitars enjoying yet a third wave of popularity, The Bravo series has pushed the evolution to an unprecedented stage of refinement. With its custom-laminated soundboard of fine grained spruce, (rather than the maple ply found on it's imported competitors) and braced with carefully graduated parallel solid spruce tone bars, this example weighs in at a sprightly 6lb. 2oz, and nimbly balanced on the lap or the strap.
This lightweight construction offers both increased resonance and a more comfortable playing experience, especially on gigs of extended duration. The net result is an instrument more durable, feedback resistant and affordable than traditional acoustic archtops, yet actually lighter in weight than many of today's pricey custom guitars. The slim, gentle D profile neck is a marvel of pure comfort, sitting effortlessly in the hand with a fingerboard of solid dark ebony, matching the deeply lustrous tailpiece and fingerrest.
This gleaming example is finished in true nitrocellulose lacquer, and is fitted with the elegant black A-6 pickup, an upgrade generally seen only on the Bravo Deluxe. Built with pride in the USA, the Bravo is unmatched in versatility, playability and sheer performance, at a price within reach of hard working players everywhere. And we wouldn't expect anything less from an instrument bearing the signature of the most renowned name in jazz guitar. This example is in superb 100% original condition, complete with Benedetto deluxe arched plush lined hardshell case and original manual.
Comfy, versatile and resonant: a true best buy in a premium quality instrument, and an ideal choice for the working player and weekend warrior alike. One only: call now.