1971 Dobro John Monteleone
This guitar started out as an ordinary OMI era 1971 Dobro resonator guitar. However back in the mid 1980's the guitar was brought to Master Archtop builder John Monteleone by a close friend and accomplished slide player. He loved the guitar but thought it could be remade to be much better and so he brought it to John to improve the intonation and appearance of the instrument.
After examining the guitar, John realized that if he was able to move the neck up about a 1/2 inch from where the neck joined the body that the guitar would resonate much more freely and greatly improve it's projection. As a result a carved Ebony shim was created and placed just between where the neck joins to the body. In order to make this correction the guitar had to be stripped and partially disassembled. After the adjustment was made and the shim was placed, John painstakingly rebound the instrument and refinished it in a tobacco sunburst color with nitro cellulose lacquer.
As a result of John's work on the instrument, the guitar plays and sounds unlike any I have ever come across. The owner of this instrument told me that he would on occasion visit Stan from the Mandolin Bros and match up his guitar to all the others in the shop and nothing had ever come close in comparison.
Today, if you were to commission a guitar to be built by John Monteleone, the waiting list is 3 years and prices can range between $30,000 - $60,000. His work is featured at many instrument museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Mr. Monteleone is regarded as the greatest builder of fine jazz style archtop guitars in the world. Many famous musicians and collectors have commissioned guitars from him such as Mark Knofler of Dire Straits, Howard Emerson, Woody Mann, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others. In fact Mark Knofler was so impressed with Mr. Monteleone that he wrote a song called "Monteleone" and has played it around the world for the past several years.
This is your chance to own an absolutely beautiful instrument touched by the hands of a world famous master artist & craftsman.
To learn more about this great master please visit the link below.
Please check out this great demo clip of the guitar being played by a good friend of John.