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1998 Buscarino Monarch

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Serial #: GL0868698

Finish: Amber blonde, nitrocellulose type

Body size at lower bout: 17" Scale length: 25" Nut width: 1 3/4" Body depth: 3 1/8"

Materials: Solid fine-grained bookmatched carved spruce top; solid tiger flame maple back and sides; three-piece solid maple neck with adjustable truss rod; mother of pearl fingerboard and peghead inlay; 7-ply bound body; bound headstock, fingerboard and f-holes.

Hardware: Solid ebony fingerboard, pickguard, compensated bridge and tailpiece; gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons, guard mounted floating humbucking pickup with volume control and endpin jack.

Notes: John Buscarino is one of the names you'll hear on virtually every short list of the premier contemporary archtop builders. Having worked closely with luthiery legend Bob Benedetto for a number of years, John also studied with the great Augie LoPrizi of classical and flat top fame. His artist list includes George Benson, Russell Malone, Ron Affif, Gene Bertoncini and many more, all keeping Buscarino's handmade instruments in considerable demand.

The Monarch is a full depth, hand carved acoustic archtop in the classic tradition, with an X- braced 17" body, all ebony hardware and fingerboard, and simply dizzying tonewood. The body and neck are crafted of intensely flamed maple, and the solid carved spruce soundboard shows exceptionally tight grain, closely interwoven with crossgrain silk from rim to rim.

The neck has an easy feel, with a gently flattened D profile, a generous 1 3/4" solid ebony fingerboard, and smooth low action over highly polished medium jumbo frets. The voice is supple and responsive, and at just barely 6lb, the instrument is finely balanced and richly resonant.

This example is 100% original, and maintained in virtually unplayed condition. With impeccable fit, finish and finesse, this outstanding instrument is a true hand built classic by a modern master. And for one lucky player only, available at a last-century price: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge flatwound nickel strings. 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: Original deluxe black arched plush lined hardshell case.
















































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