Every once in a while a luthier I have had some connection with comes up with a surprise, one of them unknown to me spent four years with Bob Benedetto , during that time working on hundreds of guitars and carving the neck on Bobs personal guitar Ben got to build his own guitar a Benedetto Sinfonietta of which Bob signed off on all aspects of the build, with the headstock signed by him a personal message scribed in pencil inside the the guitar which can be seen in an image and of course the memory of working in such a great shop in a small five man team .
Ben was there for from 2011-2015, Bob retiring two years into his time there , but he still appeared to sign off on the work.
The specification of the guitar offered for sale at USD 30,000 is as follows.
The neck Spanish Cedar
The Guitar is 25” scale
Fingerboard , Bridge, Tailpiece are ebony
The back sides and binding are European Maple
The carved top is Bear Claw European Spruce
The front and back of the headstock is Burl walnut
Custom black pearl back of headstock inlay
16” lower bout
3” body depth and is X braced.
Waverly Tuners black mother of pearl and gold.
This is a commission sale , the guitar resides in the US with the owner.
The instrument has only been played for around three hours in total, there is full provenance
with the guitar and is cased in a custom Cedar Creek Benedetto case.