The 7 String Jazz Guitar

A collection of links and information seven string guitar, guitars and related info for the jazz guitarist

The Original 7 String Masters

George Van Eps

George Van Eps

USA

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from the George Van Eps web site

George Van Eps is credited with creating the first 7 string “jazz” guitar. At one time Gretsch had a George Van Eps model 6 and 7 string production guitar. George Van Eps created the first 7-string jazz guitar in 1938. He took his beloved Epiphone guitar to the Epiphone factory in New York and had the neck, tailpiece, and bridge replaced to accommodate an extra string, a low A tuned a perfect fifth below the low E string. Thus the seventh string did not alter the standard tuning of the instrument but enhanced it by adding the rich tones of the bass register. The 7th string opened up many opportunities for building walking bass lines while simultaneously comping chords. It also expanded the range of the instrument giving George a richer, fuller sound when playing solo guitar. Van Eps called it his “lap piano”.

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Bucky Pizzarelli

Bucky Pizzarelli

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John Paul ‘Bucky’ Pizzarelli (born January 9, 1926 is an American classical jazz guitarist and banjoist, perhaps most notable for his work with jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, his son. John has also worked for NBC as a staffman for Dick Cavett (1951) and also ABC with Bobby Rosengarden in (1952). The list of musicians Bucky has collaborated with over his career is considerable, including Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli, and Benny Goodman. Bucky acknowledges Django Reinhardt, Freddie Green, and George Van Eps for their influences on his style and mode of play.

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Modern 7 String Masters

Howard Alden

Howard Alden

New York, NY
USA

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“He may be the best of his generation,” writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is “the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists.” And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is “...one of the very finest young guitarists working today.” It seems that the only thing regarding Howard Alden on which the critics have debate is whether the remarkable jazz guitarist is one of the best or simply the best.

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7 String Guitar Builder and Manufactures

7 String Guitar The Guitars and Luthiers pages list builders and manufactures that have 7 string guitars available. I personally play and endorse Dale Unger's American Archtop guitars.

American Archtop

American Archtop

Dale Unger
14 South Broad Street
Nazareth, PA 18064
USA
(570) 856 1324

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I was born September 16, 1954, raised in Nazareth, PA, home of Martin Guitar. In my teens I became inspired by meeting some of the world’s finest guitar builders. This led me to play guitar and become a builder. Visiting the shop of one of Martin’s craftsmen encouraged me to buy one of his guitars. I was overwhelmed by the craftsmanship and ease of playing. At that point I knew I wanted to build an instrument of that quality. I started building acoustic guitars in 1977 in collaboration with friend Dick Boak.

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Benedetto Guitars

Benedetto Guitars

Benedetto Guitars, Inc.*
***10 Mall Terrace, Suite A
Savannah, 
GA** 31406
USA
phone: 912.692.1400
fax: 912.692.1403

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from the Benedetto Guitars web site

Robert Benedetto is widely acknowledged as today’s foremost maker of archtop guitars. Over a prolific four-decade career, he has personally handcrafted nearly 800 instruments, including 500 archtops. “My roots are in jazz guitar. It’s been my love and my focus since Day One.” The world’s foremost jazz guitar maker teams up with the world’s foremost pickup maker. The result is the highest quality, no-compromise range of signature jazz guitar pickups available anywhere. All Benedetto pickups are handmade in Seymour Duncan’s Santa Barbara, California workshop.

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Buscarino Guitars

Buscarino Guitars

Luthier: John Buscarino
2348 Wide Horizon Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
USA
(828) 349-9867

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from the Buscarino Guitars web site

A guitar’s primary function is usually measured in musical terms: its ability to produce precise notes, chords and passages on demand. Consistency is the ultimate test of its perfection. But to the Master luthier and craftsman John Buscarino, this is only a beginning. John is one of the few luthiers working today; a solo artisan handcrafting guitars suited to each customer’s personal needs. His instruments are prized not just for the beautiful sounds they produce, but also as the cherished possessions they inevitably become. Guitar player Steve Morse considers his Buscarino guitars “treasured works of art,” as do many of John’s customers. Apprenticed with classical builder Augustino LoPrinzi and Bob Benedetto for archtops. Two of the leading luthiers of the 20th century.

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Comins Bill

Comins Bill

William B. Comins
P. O. Box 611
Willow Grove, PA 19090
USA
215 376 0595 (Fax and Phone) Finely Crafted Artisan Guitars Apprenticed with Bob Benedetto.

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Philadelphia, PA based luthier Bill Comins began playing guitar at an early age, eventually going on to study jazz guitar at Temple University. His initial career as a working musician and private instructor, however, would inevitably give way to a lifelong pursuit of the art of Luthiery. Over the last 20 plus years, Bill has been dedicated to refining a line of instruments with a main focus on archtop jazz guitars. Hallmarks of Comins Guitars include precise setup work, comfortable feeling necks, a clear and round high end, punchy mids, and a “broken in” or “old wood” sound. Guided by the works of great makers past and present, Comins has devoted much attention to considering elements such as modeling and graduation of the arched plates, mass of individual components, sound-hole styling and placement, variables in geometric relationships, etc. This progression of fine-tuning has led to deep understanding of how components function in concert, and how they can be manipulated toward a desired result. What is learned from each newly created piece is brought to the next. Bill also attributes the success of his instruments to sensibilities acquired through his years of playing.

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Moll Custom Instruments

Moll Custom Instruments

2304 E. Cardinal
Springfield, MO 65804
USA
(417) 883-9946 Mon. through Fri. 9:00AM - 5:00PM CST

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Effective January 1, 2013, I will be “semi” retiring from the guitar business to pursue other business interests I have. I will never stop building guitars – I love Lutherie too much for that - but, my days of spending 60 hour weeks cranking out lots of instruments per year must come to an end. Instead, I’d like to make just a few, choice instruments per year, and enjoy building each of them free from the “production” process, and chasing high numbers. All in house orders will be completed, and I will still be here to support my 100’s of clients who have bought Moll guitars over the years but, it’s time to follow my muse in another direction.

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