This ultra-rare instrument is the second (and last) featuring matching Teredo-eaten Sitka Spruce tops that Bob Benedetto has fashioned into a museum quality archtop guitar. The first Il Teredo was a more traditional 16″ archtop. This more petite version is 14 1/2″ at the lower bout. Il Teredo II has its own unique appointments: hand applied French polish finish; unique green “Fredo the Teredo” Ship Worm, hand cut from reconstituted stone and inlaid to mark the 12th fret; spectacular old Big Leaf Maple back and sides, with flamed maple multiple-layer binding throughout; uniquely braced top and hand shaped Spanish cedar neck.
Finished just in time for the holidays, here is a chance to purchase a very unique present your guitar-lover will ever have a chance to own and play! Or treat yourself to a totally one-of-a-kind, entirely American-made masterpiece from the world’s leading jazz guitar maker! Includes custom deluxe Cedar Creek case and Certificate of Provenance.
ABOUT THE WOOD: The sound holes are naturally constructed by the Teredo mollusk, also known as the Ship Worm. Never one to shy away from a challenge, when Brent Cole, owner of Alaska Specialty Woods, handed Bob some of his finest Sitka spruce — including a bizarre example of the Teredo-eaten spruce — Bob couldn’t resist but to take it and turn it into a fine archtop. Carrying around the bookmatched tops for years, Bob eventually created a guitar around the top. The results were a spectacular 16” Il Teredo, and with the remaining pieces this Il Teredo II 14 1/2” archtop with a hand applied satin oil varnish and French polished. Had the Teredo not helped create the sound holes, this wood would have been cherished as master grade Sitka fitting of only the finest and most expensive guitars. Thanks to Bob’s sense of humor and ingenuity, the Teredo’s tone wood got a second lease on life and have become perhaps two of the most uniquely collectible archtops ever made. By the way, they sound and play like Benedetto guitars!!!
Sometime between 1955-1964, massive Sitka spruce logs were cut and lashed together to form log floats. 20 or so floats were in-turn lashed together on which a logger’s camp was built (literally a floating town that was towed and anchored from bay to bay…floating homes for Alaskan loggers and their families.) While submerged, the log floats were victimized by the Teredo.
The Teredo is a saltwater clam notorious for boring into wooden structures which are immersed in sea water, including piers, docks and wooden ships.
They have been the subject of much study to find methods to avoid their attacks. The use of cooper sheathing on wooden ships during the Age of Exploration was a method of preventing damage by the Teredo. Christopher Columbus’ ships were among the earliest known to employ this defense.