To celebrate 45 years of archtop excellence, Bob Benedetto opted to create a traditional 17″ pure acoustic archtop carved from his finest European tone woods and featuring stunningly detailed hand-relief carvings and inlays on the headstock, heel, fingerboard, bridge and tailpiece.
Famous for minimalism but always with a firm grasp of tradition, this Cremona model has a lovely burled headstock front and back, a Cremona scroll inlay on the faceplate, delicate floral petals on the fingerboard, fingerrest, bridge feet, and tailpiece. The ebony tailpiece has a lovely intricate pattern of floral petals and the Roman numeral XLV to celebrate 45 years of artistry. The European spruce top and highly flamed European maple back and sides are framed with fine-lined purfling and highly flamed European maple, finished in our popular Autumn Burst.
Most extraordinary are the relief floral carvings on the back of the headstock and heel, which harken back to Bob’s first few guitars made in his family home (and from his family’s furniture) in Lake Hopatcong NJ. This Cremona speaks with the voice of countless hours of experience, endless sharpened chisels and saw blades, hundreds of board feet of seasoned woods, and the wisdom conveyed by many of the greatest musicians ever to grace the stage.
The 45th Anniversary Cremona promises to be a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime purchase for a very lucky guitarist/collector. (It will be on display at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013)
45th Anniversary Cremona 1968-2013 by Robert Benedetto & Benedetto Guitars – Serial #S2129GP