New Benavente

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by John Page, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. John Page

    John Page Member

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    I was over at Chris Benavente's shop the other day and saw this new piece he was working on... it's pretty freakin' cool! It's called "T-Rex" for obvious reasons. Larry Robinson did a killer skeletal inlay in ivory (absolutely legal of course). Chris also made the pickup rings, knobs, tuner knobs... and who know what else out of Mastodon tusk. It should be a NAMM next week. I can't wait to see it done!

    Chris doesn't get mentioned here much and I think he builds some really nice pieces... so I just thought I'd share.

    Cheers all!

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  2. tea312

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    Mr. Page- thanks for sharing! That's got some incredible inlay and some unique tonewood combination- looks like bocote w/ letterwood/snakewood fretboard. Is the back 2 piece with a center stringer (looks like black limba) w/ slip match wings out of limba? Regardless, there is a nice color scheme going that is well thought out!

    Arn
     
  3. Guitarpentry

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    THanks for sharing, John. I love that bocote top! Smells like mustard, though. I hate mustard....
    I like how Benavente's bass designs flow over into his guitars so well...
     
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  4. amc

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    i'm constantly amazed by all of the cool creations that we get to view here at tgp
     
  5. benavente

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    Thanks John for the kind words. Can't say enough about your excellent work as well. I love checkin out all the cool creations on this site. Very talented people out there. As for the this guitar: I've had the inlay idea for about ten years now just never really had the time to make it happen. The body is chambered Mahogany with an Indian Rosewood center stripe, Mahogany neck, Snakewood Fingerboard with jumbo stainless frets, all bound in ivoroid. Grover lockng tuners, tunomatic bridge and all other hardware I made out of Mastadon tusk (nut, knobs, tuner buttons, strap pegs, string ferruls, toggle switch cap. I've been using Tom Anderson pickups in my guitars for a couple years now and really dig their tones. I topped the pickups with snakewood vaneers as well. And last but not least, for protection, a G&G case. I'll post picks up a little later of it assembled as that is what I am doing at this moment.
     
  6. XKnight

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    Love the T-Rex inlay and the guitars isn't too shabby either. ;)
     
  7. bri237

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    I love my Benavente 2k and John your right Chris really doesn't get spoken about enough here!!
     
  8. benavente

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    Heres the pics of it done...

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  9. JBG

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    Slick! What booth @ NAMM?
     
  10. tonic-penta

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    chris is a monster. absolutely amazing eye for detail and ive seen some really amazing stuff come outta his shop such as an amboyna burl vortex 5. my brother has one vortex 5 and the thing kills.
     
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    Wow! Very Cool... That is some amazing work and craftmanship!
     
  12. Runn3r

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    tht's pretty awesome right there

    most classy top
     
  13. John Page

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    Nice touch with the Benavente matching case key fob dude... very cool!

    See you at NAMM!
     
  14. Quinny

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    I have a Benavente SCD5 bass (just finished a 4 hour play with it), the quality is second to none and tonally it's outstanding. Benavente = good stuff!!
     
  15. benavente

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    Wow. Thanks a million everyone. Kind words are by far the best reward in this line of work. My NAMM booth number is 4178. Hope to meet some of you there. As for that Keychain John, that was a last minute thought or should I say last 8 hour thought. Those lil buggers take about 2 hours to machine and that one was the 3rd attempt. Glad I don't make those for a living, LOL.... Have a great day everyone, I'm off to pack for NAMM. Southbound tomorrow morning..
     
  16. bri237

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    Thats freaking killer!!! I love it!! Keep up the good work.
     
  17. AnthonyL

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    Beautiful work! Can you add the Guitar price list to the web site, please.
     
  18. dave19er

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    My 7-year-old son declared that THE coolest guitar EVER. I'm sure his love of dinosaurs had NOTHING to do with it.

    Seriously cool inlay.
     
  19. MusicGearGuys

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    I have known Chris for years now and can vouch for the quality of his instruments. Amazing woods, craftsmanship, ideas, and a good guy to boot.
    Cant go wrong guys.

    Gregory
     
  20. p.j.

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    My 6 yr. old loves these pictures. He wants a "fossil guitar!"

    Good to see something whimsical on a fretboard for a change.

    =-) PJ
     

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