Guild Bennedetto X700 Stuart Masterbuilt

GGJaguar

Senior Member
Gold Supporting
Joined
Jan 17, 2011
Messages
6,643
Reaction score
6,354
Location
Skylands
Guild Total
31
Welcome to LTG! I know there are at least two members here who have or had the Benedetto designed X-700 so hopefully they'll be by to chime in. In the meantime, we love photos so feel free to post some of your guitar!
 

chazmo

Super Moderator
Gold Supporting
Joined
Nov 7, 2007
Messages
17,689
Reaction score
1,177
Location
Central Massachusetts
Welcome aboard, David Peacock!

Yes, I do believe we have some other members with this exclusive model. Indeed, we'd love to see some pictures of your beauty!
 

GAD

Wrinkled Member
Über-Morlock
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
15,362
Reaction score
5,884
Location
NJ (The nice part)
Guild Total
91
Hey there. I have an X700 Benedetto that I’m writing an article about. So far as I can tell the term “Masterbuilt” was used by a collector online who insists that the first few made in Westerly are such. In my conversations with Bob Benedetto I asked him directly and he said there is no such thing as a “Masterbuilt” Guild Benedetto. They’re all “Masterbuilts” since they were all hand made by luthiers directly trained by Bob. Of course if there’s any proof to the contrary I’d love to see it.

That in no way lowers the value or quality of your guitar because they’re all fantastic guitars. We’d certainly live to see pics!
 

GGJaguar

Senior Member
Gold Supporting
Joined
Jan 17, 2011
Messages
6,643
Reaction score
6,354
Location
Skylands
Guild Total
31
They’re all “Masterbuilts” since they were all hand made by luthiers directly trained by Bob.
I would add that three of the luthiers who worked on the Benedetto Guilds - Stephen Stern, Paul Waller and Gonzalo Madrigal -- are now Master Builders in the FMIC Custom Shop. Highly skilled individuals!
 
Joined
Nov 25, 2021
Messages
6
Reaction score
12
Guild Total
1
Hi Photos sent. serial no. GBB 1008. what is yours
Hey there. I have an X700 Benedetto that I’m writing an article about. So far as I can tell the term “Masterbuilt” was used by a collector online who insists that the first few made in Westerly are such. In my conversations with Bob Benedetto I asked him directly and he said there is no such thing as a “Masterbuilt” Guild Benedetto. They’re all “Masterbuilts” since they were all hand made by luthiers directly trained by Bob. Of course if there’s any proof to the contrary I’d love to see it.

That in no way lowers the value or quality of your guitar because they’re all fantastic guitars. We’d certainly live to see pics!
Hi, Pics posted,thanks for info,very interesting. my serial no. is GBB 1008 ,what is yours. Been in conversation with a Jeffrey Tougas on another site who was chief neck fitter at Westerly 1986 -2001 and worked on the Benedettos ,he's initials J T are in the truss rod pocket.

Dave
 

walrus

Venerated Member
Gold Supporting
Joined
Dec 23, 2006
Messages
19,883
Reaction score
3,181
Location
Massachusetts
Hi Photos sent. serial no. GBB 1008. what is yours

Hi, Pics posted,thanks for info,very interesting. my serial no. is GBB 1008 ,what is yours. Been in conversation with a Jeffrey Tougas on another site who was chief neck fitter at Westerly 1986 -2001 and worked on the Benedettos ,he's initials J T are in the truss rod pocket.

Dave

Just an FYI, I'm not seeing any photos yet. No rush!

walrus
 

GAD

Wrinkled Member
Über-Morlock
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
15,362
Reaction score
5,884
Location
NJ (The nice part)
Guild Total
91
Hi Photos sent. serial no. GBB 1008. what is yours

Hi, Pics posted,thanks for info,very interesting. my serial no. is GBB 1008 ,what is yours. Been in conversation with a Jeffrey Tougas on another site who was chief neck fitter at Westerly 1986 -2001 and worked on the Benedettos ,he's initials J T are in the truss rod pocket.

Dave

Not sure where you sent photos. If you need help let me know.

Mine is a Corona Custom shop model with S/N CBB1000020
 

SFIV1967

Venerated Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2010
Messages
14,984
Reaction score
3,986
Location
Bavaria / Germany
Guild Total
8
Been in conversation with a Jeffrey Tougas on another site who was chief neck fitter at Westerly 1986 -2001 and worked on the Benedettos ,he's initials J T are in the truss rod pocket.
Welcome to LTG! Yes, many of the Guilds from that time have Jeff's "JT" initials, here 's my year 2000 Bluesbird:

1637919108493.png

Ralf
 
Last edited:

SFIV1967

Venerated Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2010
Messages
14,984
Reaction score
3,986
Location
Bavaria / Germany
Guild Total
8
So far as I can tell the term “Masterbuilt” was used by a collector online who insists that the first few made in Westerly are such. In my conversations with Bob Benedetto I asked him directly and he said there is no such thing as a “Masterbuilt” Guild Benedetto. They’re all “Masterbuilts” since they were all hand made by luthiers directly trained by Bob. Of course if there’s any proof to the contrary I’d love to see it.
The term "Master Built" was actually used in the Guild catalog (here 2003) during Corona times for the CBB serial numbers (as you had shown to us) and not for the Westerly made GBB serial number X-700s.

1637919414576.png

The Westerly catalogs showed nothing regarding "Master Built":

1637920284518.png

Or year 2001 Westerly price list:

1637919927857.png

Ralf
 
Last edited:
Joined
Nov 25, 2021
Messages
6
Reaction score
12
Guild Total
1
Hi Photos sent. serial no. GBB 1008. what is yours

Hi, Pics posted,thanks for info,very interesting. my serial no. is GBB 1008 ,what is yours. Been in conversation with a Jeffrey Tougas on another site who was chief neck fitter at Westerly 1986 -2001 and worked on the Benedettos ,he's initials J T are in the truss rod pocket.

Dave
Welcome aboard, David Peacock!

Yes, I do believe we have some other members with this exclusive model. Indeed, we'd love to see some pictures of your beauty!

Welcome to LTG! I know there are at least two members here who have or had the Benedetto designed X-700 so hopefully they'll be by to chime in. In the meantime, we love photos so feel free to post some of your guitar!
View attachment 28295View attachment 28295
Welcome to LTG! I know there are at least two members here who have or had the Benedetto designed X-700 so hopefully they'll be by to chime in. In the meantime, we love photos so feel free to post some of your guitar!

Just an FYI, I'm not seeing any photos yet. No rush!

walrus

Not sure where you sent photos. If you need help let me know.

Mine is a Corona Custom shop model with S/N CBB1000020
Hi, Yea, do I need to attach photos once to each reply or are the photos seen by all after being attached once to the site.Dave
 

Attachments

  • IMG_0112.JPG
    IMG_0112.JPG
    35.1 KB · Views: 43
  • IMG_0116.JPG
    IMG_0116.JPG
    40.7 KB · Views: 39
  • IMG_0097.JPG
    IMG_0097.JPG
    32.9 KB · Views: 38
  • IMG_0099.JPG
    IMG_0099.JPG
    28.2 KB · Views: 26
  • IMG_0101.JPG
    IMG_0101.JPG
    43.9 KB · Views: 30
  • IMG_0109.JPG
    IMG_0109.JPG
    42.8 KB · Views: 29
  • IMG_0113.JPG
    IMG_0113.JPG
    38.8 KB · Views: 37
  • IMG_0115.JPG
    IMG_0115.JPG
    45.9 KB · Views: 37

SFIV1967

Venerated Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2010
Messages
14,984
Reaction score
3,986
Location
Bavaria / Germany
Guild Total
8
You can attach photos (or any file like a PDF) or simply drag and drop them into the text! Or use the little "Insert image" button right next to the "Insert Link" button.

1637928040052.png

Just make sure they are not too big but when inserted you can also change the visible size by touching the corner of the inserted picture and make it smaller.
And all can see them here.
And you can also edit the text after you posted it should it not look like you want it.

Ralf
 
Last edited:

GGJaguar

Senior Member
Gold Supporting
Joined
Jan 17, 2011
Messages
6,643
Reaction score
6,354
Location
Skylands
Guild Total
31
Absolutely beautiful guitar, Dave! I'm sure it sounds as good as it looks. Thanks for posting the pix!
 

BradHK

Junior Member
Joined
Jul 1, 2014
Messages
37
Reaction score
85
Beautiful guitar! I love that burst. From the photos it looks like the binding on the f-holes is mitered in the center points rather than bent through those points. Am I seeing that correctly in the photos?
 

GAD

Wrinkled Member
Über-Morlock
Joined
Feb 11, 2009
Messages
15,362
Reaction score
5,884
Location
NJ (The nice part)
Guild Total
91
On this page he claims the first Benedettos were Masterbuilts and somehow better than the rest and that info has been propagated far and wide. I emailed him and asked him about proof and he claimed Bob Benedetto confirmed it, but when I asked Bob directly he said no:


I’ve also seen claims that the first X were actually hand made by Bob, but Bob himself told me that only the prototypes were made by him and that he still has them.

When I asked Bob I said, “It would seem to me that since you trained the luthiers who made the Benedetto Signature Guilds, that they would then all be Masterbuilts” to which he agreed.

In short (so far that I can confirm) there seems to be no subgroup of Benedetto Guilds that were “Masterbuilt” and thus somehow better than other “normal” Benedetto Guilds.

People do like to believe that Westerly is better than Corona, and I get that. My beef is with the use of the term “Masterbuilt” to try and convey that some Benedettos are better than others.
 
Top