2006 Benedetto Frank Vignola Model 2006 Benedetto Frank Vignola Model Benedetto Selmer/Archtop Hybrid which sounds crunchy and bright when played acoustic and fat and warm plugged in. Arts & Entertainment > Hobbies & Creative Arts > Musical Instruments > String Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic Guitars bob-benedetto-frank-vignola-archtop Frank Vignola 5.0 1
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This guitar is everything Michael said it was. No one hears it acoustic or amplified without commenting on the outstanding tone. It was a great purchase and the service and shipping were incredible.
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2006 Benedetto Frank Vignola Model

2006 Benedetto Frank Vignola Model
Here is a very, very rare and unusual guitar. Bob Benedetto came up with this Selmer/Archtop hybrid design for Frank Vignola. It combines the Selmer body (15 3/4" wide, 3 5/8" deep) with a carved top/back and a 25" scale length. The result is the ultimate Gypsy crossover guitar! It has the acoustic volume to play unamplified (much louder then regular archtops, even other Benedettos are rarely this loud!) while simultaneously having a warm, fat, but acoustic like amplified sound when using the amazing Benedetto S-6 humbucker. A great guitar for someone who needs the best of both worlds (acoustic and electric). I know of no other guitar that does this so well!

This model is exceedingly rare. It was built during Benedetto's tenure at Fender's custom shop (1999-2006). Only 13 Vignola models were made during this time, making this a very, very difficult guitar to find. Benedetto's new Savannah facility continues to make a version of this guitar called the "Gypsy," however it is not a standard model and starts at 40,000 (see: Benedetto Gypsy Model ). The MSRP for the Vignola model was 18,000 (see: Benedetto Price List ). So considering it's original price and extreme rarity, the guitar is quite a deal at 8,000!

The guitar is in near mint condition. It has one small surface crack on side of the cutaway. It's not a full crack, looks like it happened when they made the guitar, very hard to see. There is also a small ding on top/back of the headstock. Other then that, the guitar is like new!

It is strung with 12-52 gauge roundwound nickel strings and the action is at an astonishingly low 2.4mm. Playability is as good as it gets, the guitar takes almost no effort to play! It has a super fast, comfortable C profile neck and is featherweight at just under 5lbs.

The label is signed by Bob Benedetto himself. The owner's certificate is also signed by Bob.

Here's some info from Benedetto's original copy (see the old site here: Old Benedetto Site )

The Frank Vignola signature model benefits from Benedetto's 37 years of carving experience. The player can now enjoy the refined, rich voice of this unique archtop gypsy jazz guitar. With its delicately carved Sitka spruce top and carved mahogany back, echoes of hot Paris nights can be effortlessly coaxed from this magnificent instrument - the vibe continues!

  MODEL NUMBER 395-9505
  BODY STYLE Single Cutaway Acoustic Archtop (15 3/4 " Width, 3 1/4 " Depth)
  TOP Carved, Hand Graduated and Tuned Select Sitka Spruce
  BRACING X-Braced European Spruce
  BACK AND SIDES Carved, Two-Piece Select Mahogany Back with matching sides
  NECK One-Piece Mahogany
  FINGERBOARD 12" radius, ebony, with abalone inlay at 12th fret
  WIDTH AT NUT 1 3/4", ebony
  TUNING MACHINES Black Chrome Schaller Mini with Ebony Buttons
  BRIDGE Adjustable Ebony
Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

And here is a history of how this model came about:
Benedetto Builds Vignola Guitar with Django Style
When the time came for Frank Vignola to offer his input for the signature guitar built for him by luthier Bob Benedetto, all he had to do was open the mail. Bob called up and said I have an idea for a guitar for you, Vignola said.

A year-and-a-half later, he showed up at my house one day, took some measurements of my other guitars and talked to me about what I like. A few months later this thing comes in the mail. That thing was the prototype Frank Vignola signature guitar, built by Benedetto specifically for Vignola. For as long as I can remember Ive always loved Gypsy jazz music, the Django Reinhardt-influenced stuff, and yet I never liked the sound of the guitars, Benedetto said. They always had a thin, tinny sound to them. I can appreciate the sound of that style, but it never sounded right, it was like great musicians playing on bad instruments. That was the impression I always had and I always wanted to make a guitar more suitable. Frank was a likely candidate because I had made a few guitars for him already and he was into that style.

A player of Benedettos guitars for the past decade, Vignola didnt have any input with his signature models design. I wish I knew more about design, he said. I know what I like and Bob nailed it with this guitar. One of my main influences was Django Reinhardt, and this model is the same size as the Selmer Maccaferri guitar that Django played. But its Bobs design with the archtop and the asymmetrical V holes.

Benedetto based the outline of the Frank Vignola Signature model guitar on the Selmer Gypsy body guitar style. I took the Selmer body line and varied it ever so slightly so its not a carbon copy, yet I maintained that general silhouette, Benedetto said. I made a carved top and a carved back. I Xbraced it and I used soundholes positioned where we would normally have an F hole as opposed to that flattop round oval or D hole. And then I also used my own neck specs, a round neck thats 13/4 wide at the nut and a 25-inch scale. The objective was to enrich the sound of the guitar by making it a carved top rather than a flat top.

Vignola attests to the guitars pleasing sound. The tone of this guitar is wonderful and it records just brilliantly, he said. And the Benedetto neck is like butter, its a fast moving neck. Every note is even on the fingerboard, so if youre playing up high on the high E string or down low on the low A string, the notes are the same volume and the same preciseness. When you plug this thing in it sounds acoustic. And you can crank up the guitar. With the Frank and Joe Show, I plug in and we go from a whisper to a roar, and it always has that distinctive sound.

Benedetto Guitars offers Frank Vignola and Frank Vignola Deluxe models. The Deluxe model features flamed maple back and sides and a European spruce top. The Frank Vignola model features mahogany back and sides and a sitka spruce top. On the Deluxe model I use the most expensive tone woods available, Benedetto said. Those are the European cello woods and theyre expensive. They have a classic look just like on a cello. Traditionally within the industry, mahogany has been used on lower-priced instruments. I never considered it a lesser tonewood, but its readily available and affordable. The mahogany [Frank Vignola model] is less expensive because of the material.

This is the CASH price...add 3% if you'd like to pay with a credit card. Add 4% for international credit card orders.
Pricing Info:
Guitar Specs
Brand Benedetto
Year 2006
Model Number Frank Vignola
Serial Number 173
Sound Hole V Holes
Fret Neck 14 Fret
Condition Excellent
Size 15 3/4"
Scale Length 635mm
Nut Width 1 3/4"
Body Depth 3 1/4"
Top Sitka Spruce
Back and Sides Mahogany
Neck Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Binding Tortoise
Finish Nitrocellulose
Tailpiece Benedetto Ebony
Tuners Schaller Mini Black Chrome
Action 2.4mm
Strings D'Addario Nickel Jazz
Case Cedar Creek Alligator Hardshell
Pickup(s) Benedetto S-6 Humbucker
Truss Rod Yes
Weight 4.9 lbs

Reviews and Ratings


Amazing deal!

This guitar is everything Michael said it was. No one hears it acoustic or amplified without commenting on the outstanding tone. It was a great purchase and the service and shipping were incredible.

Submitted by: Ray R on 04/23/2012 02:47:24 PM

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