In 2008, Bob designed a ¾ sized carved archtop guitar designed for easy travel without sacrificing a legitimate amplified archtop sound. The finished guitar, intended to be as affordable as possible, included a carved spruce top and maple back, satin lacquer finish, 23″ scale, sans-binding, and scaled down ebony tailpiece, bridge, fingerrest, fingerboard and truss rod cover. The finished product exceeded all of our expectations and has become one of our most popular models (named for Andy Paul, 11-year old son of Benedetto’s President/CEO). Well, we couldn’t resist creating a much more formal version of this very unique archtop so Bob built the Andy Elite (or “Andrew”). This miniature Violinburst La Venezia incorporates hand select, hand graduated European tone woods for the top and back, bookmatched European Maple sides, an American curly maple neck, and a mini-humbucking floating pickup. This is a one-off instrument and the only one we know of in this category of jazz guitar.