1983 Marc Beneteau Concert

At forty years old, this Beneteau could be considered a vintage instrument by now! It’s a delightful older hand-built guitar from about a decade into Marc Beneteau’s career and was built in his Ottawa shop. The guitar has survived beautifully and has developed a strong, warm, and open voice that offers ample headroom, excellent string balance, and lots of fundamental support.

Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood Concert body, with a width of 15-7/8” across its lower bout, and a low-taper side profile with a depth of 4-1/2” at the endpin to 4-1/8” the neck heel. The guitar features rosewood body bindings and fine maple and ebony purflings, a mosaic rosette, curly maple-bound ebony fretboard, and chrome Schaller tuners. The rosewood headstock overlay is cleanly inlayed with a hummingbird and flower of pearl and maple.

A one-owner guitar that remains in excellent condition and crack-free but for a cleanly glued and cleated center-seam. The neck was reset by the builder a handful of years ago, the fretboard extension wedge-shimmed, and the frets replaced. Playability is excellent, with a low finger action of 3-5 64ths that enjoys a light right-hand attack.

The neck has a C-shaped carve with medium depth and a nut width that’s just shy of 1-3/4”. Scale is 25.4”, string spread at the saddle is 2-1/16”, and the neck depth at the 1st fret is .843”.

With hardshell case