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Benavides Guitars are built with four principles of equal importance:  beauty, tone, playability and longevity.  A hand fitted dovetail neck join, compound radius fretboard, tap-tuned tone bars, hot hide glued top braces, and the finest quarter-sawn timbers in the world are a few components of what will make your customized Benavides Guitar sound gorgeous.


I took great consideration in developing my version of the classic dreadnought to make it my own and still retain much of its sought after traditional qualities and aesthetics. My version features a scalloped and forward shifted X-brace which are attached with hot-hide glue.

Scale length:  645.16 mm ( 25.4'' )
Nut Width:  44 mm
String Spacing at Saddle:  55 mm
Finish:  Nitro Cellulose Lacquer


"I have spent some time looking for a piece of Mangeao which I consider to be one of the finest tone-woods in the world, (it is only found in the top half of the North Island of NZ).  When I found it, I sent it David who dried it out before making me a slope-shouldered dreadnought to die for.
Gorgeous to the eye and to the ear - a real class instrument.  Just love it!"
-Wyn Drabble

Listen to Wyn Drabble perform live using his Mangaeo Dreadnought with his son Thomas Oliver. Recorded at Bats in Wellington, December 2013.