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  #098  GUILD BENEDETTO X-700.    Single Pickup.   2006.
   
 
 

The quintessential jazz archtop.      Stunning!

   
 
  Benedetto's A6 pickup is so jazzy.
   
 
  Magnificent Flame Maple back and sides.
   
 
  Perfect!      One of the last Benedettos from Corona.
   
 
  Fully documented.    
   
 
  Signed by Bob Benedetto.
   
 
  Style icon  -  the classic split G shield but no X-700 on the Benedetto TR cover.
   
     
  This has to be the ultimate Guild Stuart spec!    A single, fixed humbucker, all hand carved X-700, with all the usual Benedetto style, character and astounding build quality, and finished in this gorgeous non standard Claret cellulose from the Benedetto catalogue.    

Only two single pickup X-700s were finished in Claret.   CBB1000015 and CBB1000031.    #015 has its controls in the Benedetto position whereas #031 has its controls in the customary Guild position.   So, two unique guitars!

 
  CBB1000015 Controls on CBB1000031
  Note:   Both these guitars are finished in Claret.   #015 looks more like Guild's Cherry finish but this pic was taken with flashlight.    (Reds are difficult with digital).    The right hand pic is more accurate for colour unless the guitar is in bright sunlight.
   

CBB1000031 was signed-off by Bob Benedetto on 31st March 2006 (an April Guitar in the records) which must make it one of the very last to be made!  

Note: X-700 numbers are not sequential.  eg  CBB 100058 was made in 2004.

This one is from the final series of X-700s, made in 2006 and is shown in the 2006 Catalogue as Master Built Guild - Benedetto Signature.   Stuart.   

The single pickup version was available only with the Corona guitars.   

All the Benedetto models have fully carved solid bodies.    So, this guitar has a carved solid Spruce top,  a carved solid Maple back and formed solid Maple sides all mated to a three piece Flamed Maple neck,  with Benedetto's long scale fingerboard.

CBB100031 was inspected and approved by Stephen Stern and signed-off by Bob Benedetto on 31st March 2006. 

     
   
 
  Real craftsmen left their mark here! CBB100031 was signed of by none other than the legendary Stephen Stern.
   
 

Stephen Stern.

Senior Master Builder.

As one of the pre-eminent archtop builders at the Custom Shop, Stephen Stern has studied under two of the world’s greatest archtop luthiers - Jimmy D’Aquisto and Bob Benedetto.  Stern got his start apprenticing at a high-end cabinet shop straight out of high school.  Five years of that prepared him for his first job as a builder at Jackson/Charvel Guitars.  Stern came to the Custom Shop in 1993, working with D’Aquisto on the latter’s namesake line of guitars until the great luthier’s death in 1995.

In the late ’90s, millionaire collector Scott Chinery commissioned a number of custom archtop guitars by two dozen of the world’s finest living luthiers; Stern contributed a custom-built D’Aquisto Ultra.  Chinery’s “Blue Guitar Collection” is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution.  Stern also built a handful of exquisite archtops in collaboration with the Walt Disney Co. to commemorate the anniversary of the animated classic Fantasia.    He has lead the Corona team working with Bob Benedeto from 2001  -  2005 and is still in day to day charge of all Custom models.

 

 

The Benedetto X-700.

Loved by jazz guitarists for their pure tone and notable resistance to feedback, the sound of these carved, solid-top X-700s is more Benedetto than Guild.      Put it through a Polytone Amp and you are immediately into that rich, majestic, classic jazzy sound that only comes from a hand built archtop of this quality.

 

Spec:

CBB1000031 was made in Apr 2006:

Model Name: X-700 STUART Single Pickup. (Benedetto® Signature)

Model Number: 360-9501-829

Category: Custom Shop Carved Archtop Electric Jazz Guitars

Body Style: Single Cutaway (17" in Width, 3" in Depth)

Scale Length: 25 9/16"

Top: Hand Carved, Graduated Solid European Spruce

Bracing: N/A

Back: Solid Figured German Maple

Sides: Solid Figured German Maple

Neck: 5-Piece Curly Maple

Width at Nut: 1-11/16"

Fretboard: Ebony (12" Radius)

Bridge: Ebony

Hardware: Deluxe Gold Hardware

Electronics: 1 Benedetto® A-6 Pickup

1-Volume Control.     1 Tone Control

Finish: High Gloss (Nitro-cellulose Lacquer)

Colour: Special Finish (829) Claret from the Benedetto range

Special Features: Inlaid Abalone Benedetto Logo at 19th Fret,

Guild Shield Motif on headstock,

Engraved Harp Tailpiece,

Imperial Tuners,

Arched Top,

Bound F-Holes,

Deluxe Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone Block Inlays,

Sleek Black Stairstep Pickguard,

Improved Fingerboard Extension Design

Case: Includes C4526 Deluxe Hardshell Case, p/n 3501075208

U.S. MSRP: $10,000.00 in 2004

Options: N/A

Strings: Guild L5350 Stainless Steel Flatwound,

Gauges .012P, .016P, .024W, .032W, .042W, .052W

Introduced: 1/2002

Discontinued: 2006

 

 

  Price :  £ 5,350 plus shipment (Insurance optional).   For overseas shipment please ask.
   
  More pics available on request.

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