After majoring in Jazz Guitar Performance at Temple University, Bill Comins' interest in guitar expanded from creating music to creating the guitars themselves. After working in guitar repair and violin repair shops, he built a few instruments and then, in 1992, decided to build his first archtop guitar. Aware that archtop guitars require the highest level of luthiery skills, he sought guidance from the highest-level luthier - Bob Benedetto.
The guitar that Comins and Benedetto built in Benedetto's shop was a 17" wide archtop guitar with a European spruce top, maple back and birdseye maple sides, and a floating pickup.
It became the prototype for Comins' Chester Avenue model, his high-end archtop (named after the street where his shop was located at the time).
More on Bill Comins guitars: http://www.cominsguitars.com/
and on his history: http://www.acguitar.com/article/default.aspx?articleid=7645
About the Guitar:
This guitar is not the usual Chester Avenue model. As can be seen two pick-ups are mounted to this guitar. This guitar was built by Bill for himself. He played it in concerts. It was a project to experiment to reduce feedback resulting from this construction.
This is a great sounding guitar!