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1999 Buscarino Grand Cabaret

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Serial #: JZ0451899

Body size at lower bout: 14 1/2" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 2 1/16"

Materials: Solid bookmatched quartersawn spruce top; highly figured solid carved arched flame maple back and sides with Venetian cutaway; solid one-piece mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard; deluxe curly maple binding; solid bone nut; solid snakewood bridge; gold Gilbert precision three-on-a-plate tuners with snakewood buttons, Baggs Hex pickup system with soundhole controls 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 Buscarino Grand Cabaret is a unique hybrid design, specifically designed for the particular requirements of the bossa and fingerstyle jazz player. His largest nylon string model, the Grand Cabaret features a solid hand-carved maple back, which marries archtop construction to classic Herman Hauser guitar design, and is designed to enhance bass response and projection. The graceful Venetian cutaway allows superior access to upper fretboard, and the Baggs Hex pickup with ribbon transducer devotes a separate pickup element to each individual string. The hand machined Gilbert pegs are the smoothest (and most costly) tuners on the planet, and one twist will show you why. Apart from a few faint strands of lacquer checking on the upper bout, and a tiny string changing ding near the bridge, the instrument looks virtually unplayed. A rare appearance indeed on the vintage market, this example is in mint condition, and offers unrivaled versatility for the progressive fingerstyle player.

Case: Original black plush hardshell case.

























































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