(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.
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).