2009 Monari Bros Eclectric Model Hand Built Custom Arch Top Guitar Venetian Cutaway Jazzbox Natural

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2009 Monari Bros Eclectric Model Hand Built Custom Arch Top Guitar Venetian Cutaway Jazzbox Natural

Here is a one off, 2009 Custom Handmade Monari Bros “Eclectric”model Archtop Guitar with its original hard shell plush case that came into our possession from a local Phila estate. Instrument features a rounded Venetian single cutaway and beautiful decoration on the inlays, pick guard, tailpiece and head stock. This guitar was purchased from the original owner and was handmade by Monari Bros, a custom luthier which used to be located in Oaklyn, NJ.  This guitar is 1 of only 15 that the luthier produced in his career from his shop in Oaklyn, NJ. We have been fortunate enough to have owned 2 of his fine instruments, albeit temporarily.

• Instrument features a hand carved, rosewood bound, solid spruce top

• Maple arched back, sides, neck & head stock
• Bird’s eye maple head stock inlaid on the back with the saying(proverb?)
"I lived in the forest, In life I was silent, In death I sweetly sing"
• Fully bound, single cutaway Venetian body with rounded treble bout horn, bound neck & head stock having alternating black pinstripes & white binding
• Solid rosewood 14/20 fingerboard with 3 square, 4 rectangular, 1 diamond & 1 circular abalone & mother of pearl inlays; black dot markers on bass bout binding edge; striped maple neck 
• Sealed Grover Imperial tuning machines with a 16:1 gear ratio, which are top quality brass individual tuning machines of extremely beautiful design & function
• Adjustable rosewood bridge, inlaid rosewood tailpiece with model name “Eclectric” in abalone & mother of pearl, & wooden strap pin with MOP inlay
• Adjustable truss rod, set neck & 2 bound “F” holes
• 2 piece book matched figural maple back with abalone & MOP inlaid 4 point stylized star design in center
• Bleached cow bone nut
• Carved head stock resembling that of a D'Angelico or Koontz; MOP inlaid stylized flower with stem design under the name MONARI, also inlaid in MOP
• Highly figural striped maple neck with a prominent, walnut central skunk stripe
• Bound, triple stripe solid ebony pick guard with abalone & MOP inlaid 4 point stylized star design matching that on the back of the instrument
• Diamond MOP inlay on the heel of the neck
• Serial number 23312009 & constructed locally in Oaklyn, NJ
• Excellent, lightly played, almost new cosmetic condition
• White oval paper label inside of bass bout “F” hole with luthiers' specific details.
WHEW!!! That’s about it for all of the assorted accoutrements, and there are some that we missed!


 All of our instruments sold are in complete, working condition. This instrument was professionally inspected, repaired & given a full pro set-up by one of our favorite luthiers/guitarist/composer/teacher & fantastic all around human being as well as the co-founder of April Mae & The Junebugs, Dave "Catfish" Fecca of Dave Fecca Guitar Repair located in Moorestown, NJ.

   Guitar is in excellent condition, in our opinion.  If you look closely, there are some small dings on the top and on the sides of the guitar but they are easy to miss. There are some extremely tiny imperfections in assorted spots on the top, possibly from the build. Nothing that detracts from the incredible visual aesthetics of this instrument. The luthier made exceptional choices in the woods which he used on this instrument, in our opinion. A visually stunning work of art, as well as a fully functioning musical instrument.

   Body is 40" long x 16 1/8" wide x 3" deep; neck is 17 1/2" long x 1 3/4" wide at the 1st fret, 2 1/8" wide at the 12th fret, & 2 1/4" wide at the 17th fret.
Guitar weighs in at a very light 5 lbs, 11 oz.

In our opinion, this axe needs to be played a lot in order to open it up, as it has seen very little use during the past 10 years. According to the heir to the estate, instrument had been stored in its case prior to his receiving it from the estate of the original owner. We & our luthier feel that the instrument will improve greatly from significant play hours. It has not been broken in, per se. This instrument is immediately playable now & will give someone many years of infinite enjoyment. Great for jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, C & W, etc. This instrument would give a great deal of pleasure to a collector, a recreational player, or a professional working musician.  

  Obviously, this is being sold as is, where is, with no implied warranties or guarantees of any kind whatsoever. Since this is a vintage, acoustic musical instrument, our normal return policy does not apply to this item. It cannot be returned to us. We package professionally & this instrument will be insured for the full valuation at our expense. We accurately represent all of our items. If you have questions please feel free to contact us for an in hand description. Also, take a look at our website, Ellis Antiques et Bijoux. You may also wish to check out our feedback, which is currently over 14,000, and has accumulated for the past 21 years on eBay.


**Please disregard the excessive glare in the assorted images as the pix were taken outside on a very busy street!

Shipping insurance is included. Instrument will be boxed in a heavy, new guitar box & will be shipped via FedEx. Or, this can be picked up locally at our physical bricks and mortar shop in Collingswood, NJ 08108.
Please inquire regarding international shipping rates prior to purchase or making us an offer. This item is subject to prior sale. If you have any interest in purchasing this fine instrument, please feel free to make us an offer. We're full time general antique dealers and negotiating is a large part of our business. Just saying......      

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