About today’s Flashback Friday Foto…Per Bob: “This is the first 14 ½” body I ever made, requested by Earl Klugh and Rik Jonna who ordered twin guitars together.

(Earl, left, with Serial #33995; Rik Jonna with Serial #34095, Chicago, 1995.)

Earl arrived at that size as he wanted something similar in size to a classical guitar, which he was accustomed to playing.

After I made them, Howard Alden had seen Earl playing it somewhere, loved the idea and asked for one for himself, in a 7-string version (using the same body pattern). Howard loved the idea of having a smaller, easier-to-travel-with model.

That Howard Alden guitar evolved to become the Bambino, first made when we were with Fender Musical Instruments, and, about the same time, we created a Benedetto ‘Howard Alden model’ also made at Fender’s Corona factory.

Here in Savannah we expanded the Bambino family to include a Bambino Deluxe and a Bambino Elite.”

And that is the evolution of one of our most popular models.

(Below, Bob making the two guitars for Klugh and Jonna in East Stroudsburg, PA, 1995).

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