1995 Buscarino Archtop "Pre Monarch"
A true work of art masterpiece from John Buscarino. Built in 1995, this was an early model of what was to become the "Monarch". Per John this is #18 archtop and it is in excellent condition approaching MINT. The guitar has been setup by our tech with Flatwound 11s and plays like butter. An investment in a work of art and an amazing instrument. You can buy a new Monarch for $18,000 or this lightly used beauty.
"John Buscarino is one of the few luthiers working today; a solo artisan handcrafting guitars suited to each customer’s personal needs. His instruments are prized not just for the beautiful sounds they produce, but also as the cherished possessions they inevitably become. Guitar player Steve Morse considers his Buscarino guitars “treasured works of art,” as do many of John’s customers.
John is unique among today’s guitar builders in that he apprenticed with not one but two master luthiers. The first was Augustine LoPrinzi, from whom John learned the finer points of building classical guitars.
John later worked with famed archtop builder Robert Benedetto, spending years perfecting the woodworking skills that today make him a master luthier in his own right.
John has created hundreds of exquisite guitars using proven methods passed down over generations. He constantly refines these time-tested techniques, taking each to new levels of perfection in mastering the art of lutherie."