About the Builder (from Wikipedia):
Robert Benedetto (born October 22, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) is an American luthier. He is best known for founding Benedetto Guitars, Inc. which makes hand-carved archtop guitars. Before the company became a division of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Benedetto made each guitar himself. Benedetto was noted for his guitars starting in the 1970s, when jazz guitarists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Chuck Wayne, and Martin Taylor used and endorsed them.
In 2006, Benedetto ended his relationship with Fender and opened his own factory in Savannah, Georgia, partnering with businessman/guitarist Howard Paul.
More about the current operations of Bob Benedetto can be found here: http://www.benedetto-guitars.com/
Abouth the Guitar:
Robert Benedetto has build 11 semi-hollow electrics include six unique carved top, semi-holow electrics made between 1982 and 1986, dubbed a 'Semi-detto' by jazz guitar historian Adrian Ingram. The other five include three prototypes for, and two finished examples of, his new "benny" semi-hollow electric line introduced in 1998.
This guitar is one of the six carved top semi-holow electrics, this one being one of the last one built in 1986.
It has a carved spruce top, mahogany back, curly maple neck and ebony fingerboard. The pickups are humbuckers.
A very versatile guitar!