No name is more associated with contemporary archtop guitars than
of Robert Benedetto. In a career that stretches back nearly half a
century, Bob pioneered refinements in sound and playability that set the
standard for the modern archtop guitar. Born in New York City, Bob
began building archtop guitars in
the 1960s, quickly attracting a clientele that reads like the "Who's
jazz guitar: Bucky Pizzarelli, Chuck Wayne, Joe Diorio, Cal Collins,
Johnny Smith, Jack Wilkins, Ron Eschete, Martin Taylor, Howard Alden,
John Pizzarelli, Andy Summers, Jimmy Bruno and Kenny Burrell have all
played Bob's guitars. Beginning
in 1999, Bob took a more managerial role by overseeing the production of
his guitars at larger shops (first at Fender's Custom Shop and later at
the current Benedetto factory in Savannah, GA.)
The Bravo Elite is designed to provide Benedetto's famous tone and playability in an instrument that is both feedback resistant and tonally sophisticated. Essentially an 16", thin bodied version of Benedetto's La Venezia model, the Bravo Elite features all solid woods, including a parallel braced top constructed of AAA alpine spruce, flamed maple back and sides, and a flamed maple neck. Like the La Venezia, the Bravo Elite utilizes violin style binding-free construction and a beautiful violin burst finish.
Aesthetically, the Bravo Elite features
the clean, sleek, cello inspired look first pioneered by the legendary
James D'Aquisto. The fingerboard is free of fret markers, except for
Benedetto's signature floral inlay at the 12th fret. The ebony cello
style tailpiece pairs nicely with the attractive ebony fingerboard rest,
adjustable bridge, tuning buttons, and tone/volume knobs. As one would
expect from Benedetto, the workmanship is all beyond flawless, with
every detail executed to the utmost perfection.
We are an authorized Benedetto dealer. This is a completely new, unused instrument under full manufacturer’s warranty.
This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit card. Add 4% for international credit card orders.
|Model Number||Bravo Elite|
|Sound Hole||F Holes|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||2 1/2"|
|Back and Sides||Maple|
|Tailpiece||Benedetto Tail Adjuster|
|Tuners||Gotoh Black with Ebony Buttons|
|Case||Cedar Creek Hardhsell|