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Guild Benedetto Johnny Smith Award Archtop

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The Savannah Guitar Shop
Soperton, GA, United States
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Big Fall Sale, all reasonable offers will be considered.

This is an all solid wood master build, labeled as a Guild Benedetto Limited Edition Johnny Smith Award Model Archtop Guitar, and has a very sophisticated well seasoned sound.

The tone woods this guitar was built with are master grade, are of the highest quality, and are the some most beautiful examples of Maple, Spruce, and Ebony in existence

All reasonable offers will be considered.

Jazz guitar legend Johnny Smith joined Robert Benedetto, one of the world's premiere jazz guitar luthiers, at Guild's manufacturing facility on Monday, August 9th, to personalize a limited edition number of hand-crafted instruments. This collaboration features a total of 18 Guild Johnny Smith Award model guitars that were signed by Smith, and which will be made available to authorized Guild retailers on a first-come, first- served basis.

This historic limited run celebrates the recent return of the name Johnny Smith to this Guild guitar, which was first introduced in 1956, but which featured his name for only four years. Since 1960, the guitar has been known simply as the Guild Artist Award model.

When Guild teamed up with renown guitar builder Robert Benedetto in 1999, one of the goals was to utilize his expertise to refine some of the classic Guild designs, including the Artist Award model. Benedetto worked extensively with Guild's team of master luthiers to help hone their skills and to incorporate his own techniques, resulting in a series of instruments known as the Guild Benedetto Signature line. Robert Benedetto personally signed off on each and every Johnny Smith Award model guitar that was built.

With the names Benedetto and Guild working together, Smith added his name and endorsement to the guitars.

This special edition run of Johnny Smith Award model guitars are available in two finishes: Antique Burst and Honey Blonde. Both the top of select European spruce and back of flamed European maple are carved and hand-graduated to Benedetto's exact specifications. The guitar also features a 5-piece American maple neck with ebony fretboard (including the Benedetto logo inlaid on the 19th fret), multiple binding package throughout, mother-of-pearl and abalone inlays, and the distinct Johnny Smith signature headstock.

This was a limited run, each instrument came with a special certificate of authenticity signed by Robert Benedetto which is included.

The limited run of hand signed Guild Johnny Smith Award model guitars was made available to authorized Guild dealers only, and orders were taken immediately. List price for the limited run Guild Benedetto guitar was $11,000.00.

Shipping includes UPS ground at $297.00, and Reverb insurance at $225.00.

Estimated cost to sell based on previous sale September FY 2019:

Total Processing Fees:-$250.00USDTotal Selling Fees:-$323.75USDTotal Bump Fees:-$277.50USDTotal Shipping Label Fees:-$292.10USD
Guitar Benedetto Johnny Smith Award Model Archtop Guitar (2004)
Figured Maple back & sides
Carved Spruce top
Single cutaway
White bindings with purfling lines (body, fretboard, headstock)
5 piece Maple neck
Ebony fretboard with pearl block inlays with abalone V wedges
Stylized trapeze gold colored tailpiece
Black pick guard bound with purling lines
Volume control on pick guard
Floating Benedetto pickup
Multi-ply bound headstock with pearl/abalone inscribed block logo/inlay
3 per side Grover Imperial tuning machines
Ebony headstock backplate
"Benedetto" pearl logo on the 19th fret
Adjustable Ebony bridge
Signed Certificate of Authenticity by Robert (Bob) Benedetto

Model Name: JOHNNY SMITH AWARD (Benedetto® Signature)
Model Number: 360-9800-837
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
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® S-6 Mini Humbucking Pickup,
1-Volume Control
Finish: High Gloss (Nitro-cellulose Lacquer)
Colour: (837) Antique Burst,   (867) Honey Blonde
Unique Features: Superfine Multiple Line Bindings Throughout,
Engraved Harp Tailpiece,
Imperial Tuners,
Inlaid Johnny Smith Award Motif on Headstock,
Inlaid Abalone Benedetto Logo at 19th Fret,
Arched Top,
Bound F-Holes,
Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone Block Inlays,
Sleek Black Stairstep Pickguard,
Improved Fingerboard Extension Design
Case: Includes C5217A A Premium Alligator Hardshell Case, p/n 3501075219
U.S. MSRP: $11,000.00 in 2004
Options: N/A
Strings: Guild L5350 Stainless Steel Flatwound,
Gauges .012P, .016P, .024W, .032W, .042W, .052W

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