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Benny Garcia 16” Archtop Quitar
The design of this guitar was developed during a consultation with Benny Garcia, a famous jazz guitarist that played with the likes of Benny Goodman, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys among many others. Benny was a smaller man with an arm reach shorter than some with hands and fingers similarly developed. But a master at his craft he was and with his needs in mind this 16” cutaway instrument took shape. The body was tapered from the tail to the neck block to make the finger board closer to his body and more easily reached and the scale length was set at 24 ¾ inches to further that goal. The nut width was 1 5/8 inches to better accommodate the smaller hands and the neck taper was maintained at the standard setting.
Benny was close friends with Charlie Christian and they were basically neighbors in the west central area of Oklahoma City and Charlie had given Benny some pickups bearing his name manufactured by Gibson. So one of these pickups was mounted under the top plate of the guitar and all controls were hidden under the lower edge of the finger rest.
This particular rendition of that guitar features a beautiful quilted maple back and sides carved for maximum volume response. The top is AAAA sitka spruce carved for the most responsive voice a 16” plate can deliver. The Charlie Christian style pickup is from a company in California that is very closely duplicating these pickups in every way possible. The sound is magnificent. The bracing is an open X design to push the instrument towards a more mellow sound. The finger board is inlaid with split block mother of pearl markers through the 21st fret. The back of the headstock is veneered with red wood burl and the front inlaid with the WYNTER insignia. The F-holes, finger board, body and headstock are bound with multiple bands for a striking look. The fret board, truss rod cover, finger rest and tail piece are all made of very dark ebony with the tail piece being inlaid with the customers signature.