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Benedetto / Howard Alden 7-string / 1992 / Natural / Guitar

We have received for consignment directly from jazz great, Howard Alden, his very first 7 String Guitar. He has decided to pass this gorgeous instrument on as he currently plays the smaller Benedetto Bambino Deluxe-7. Howard has been a Benedetto player since 1992 and this one-of-a kind oval hole Archtop has followed him on concert tours throughout the world. Bob Benedetto built this custom 7 string to Howard's specs. Howard was looking for a laminated instrument that would be more suitable for traveling; at the same time he wanted to take full advantage of Bob Benedetto's skills as one of the greatest Archtop makers on the planet!  The end result was that Bob carved a beautiful spruce top along with solid maple sides; on the back he used laminated maple. For Howard, this was perfect and it became his primary guitar for quite some time. The Blonde color has gracefully aged over the years, and yes... the sound of the guitar is very warm and extremely responsive. This was the second oval hole Archtop Bob had ever built.

There's more... Howard has been gracious in that he is including several collectible out-of-print CD's that he recorded with this guitar. In addition, Bob Benedetto has written his thoughts about this instrument and Bob's personal note will also be included.   Lastly, Howard's "road worn" custom Calton case is also part of the package. It's in great working condition and it will make you feel like you're on your way to London for a weekend gig at Ronnie Scotts Jazz club!   This is a great opportunity to have a piece of guitar history from one of the greatest players and one of the most admired luthiers in the world!   

Note: See the February, 2011 issue of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine as there are two separate photos of Howard with this amazing instrument.


BODY: Archtop: 16" lower bout, 3-1/4" body depth, Venetian cutaway 
TOP: Carved, hand-graduated and tuned, master grade spruce 
BACK: Laminated Maple 
SIDES: Flamed Maple
BRACING: Parallel Braced
BINDING: Fine-lined multiples of black/white throughout 
NECK: Select American flamed maple 
WIDTH AT NUT: 2 1/16 
SCALE: 25" 
FRETS: 21 
BRIDGE: Ebony, adjustable with gold wheels and posts 
TAILPIECE: Benedetto Ebony 
PICKUP: Benedetto S-7
CONTROLS: Volume and Tone
HARDWARE: Gold tuning machines 
FINISH: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer 
COLOR: Blonde 


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DHR Guitar Experience, USA  

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Our mission is to offer the highest quality, USA made instruments and accessories to meet all of your playing requirements. We are premiere dealers for Preston Thompson, K-Line, Benedetto, Breedlove, Collings and Hamer guitars, as well as Carr and Henriksen Jazz Amps and a number of accessories.

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