1998 Buscarino 14-String, 5A Bigleaf Maple/Sitka Spruce

Original Price$31,695
New Price$21,306
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This one’s in a category all its own. In 1998, renowned teacher and music writer Robert Yelin commissioned this force of nature 14-string archtop from the one and only John Buscarino, and the result is quite a unique piece. The 14-string setup is essentially a 7-string Jazz guitar in double courses, with the additional strings adding a low B (or A, or C) to the bass register. There is a long line of 7-strings in Jazz, but this is the first time we’ve seen one set up with octave strings. You’d be amazed how much color and flexibility that single string (well, double) adds to your playing.

Tuned to A, chord positions which root on the 5th string suddenly have a fat bottom end when you fret on the seventh pair, instead. Or you leave it at B for easy access to more legroom for those walking bass lines. John built this one out with carved 5A Bigleaf Maple back and sides and a Sitka Spruce top, Maple bindings, and a flower-and-vine inlay scheme along the fretboard and tailpiece. The neck carve has a wide, shallow profile that’s comfortable in hand, and the setup has the classic silk smooth feel we’ve come to expect from every Buscarino.

Other keywords: jazz box, arch top, big-leaf, custom guitar, 14 string, RY0150699

  • Status: In Stock
  • brand: Buscarino, John
  • Product Year: 1998
  • Model: 14-String
  • Serial #: RY0150699
  • New/Preowned: Preowned
  • SKU: TMP2022
  • Condition: Hardly any marks
  • Body Type: Large, Archtop
  • Back & Sides Wood: Maple - Bigleaf
  • Top Wood: Spruce - Sitka
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Neck Profile: U
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Rosette: Maple
  • Top Trim: Violin Lines
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Bindings: Maple
  • Fret Markers: Floral and Vine
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Headplate: Burl
  • Headstock Bindings: None
  • Headstock Inlay: Builder Logo
  • Instrument Finish: Gloss
  • Body Bindings: Maple
  • Tuners: No
  • Tuner Finish: Gold with Ebony Buttons
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Pickguard: Ebony
  • Pickup: Buscarino
  • Pickup (y/n): Yes
  • Body Length: 20.75 in
  • Upper Bout: 12.75 in
  • Lower Bout: 17 in
  • Body Depth Heel: 3.5 in
  • Body Depth Tail: 3.5 in
  • Scale Length: 25 in
  • Scale Length (mm): 635 mm
  • Nut Width: 2.125 in
  • Nut Width (mm): 54 mm
  • String Spacing: 2.5 in
  • String Spacing (mm): 63.5 mm
  • Instrument Weight Pounds & Ounces: 6 lb. 13 oz.
  • Case: Hardshell - TKL

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