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Old 09-23-2018, 08:35 AM
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I spent a couple of hours at John Monteleone's shop yesterday afternoon, and recently John had the opportunity to 'retrieve' the very first archtop he ever built back in 1977. Up until then he'd been making flat tops and mandolins.

Herewith I give you the Monteleone Eclipse s/n 107!



It's in remarkably great condition for a 41 year old!

HE
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Thanks Howard...
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Mark Knopfler's Monteleone getting inspected, Jan.2008.

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Gorgeous guitars! Thank you for posting such great photos! I'll bet they sounds magnificent!
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Hi all,
I spent a couple of hours at John Monteleone's shop yesterday afternoon, and recently John had the opportunity to 'retrieve' the very first archtop he ever built back in 1977. Up until then he'd been making flat tops and mandolins.

Herewith I give you the Monteleone Eclipse s/n 107!



It's in remarkably great condition for a 41 year old!

HE
yeah, a little thin on top and a silver beard, but looks pretty good for 41 ! ...and the guitar is very cool too!

Sorry couldn't resist!
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:26 AM
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Howard, that first Eclipse is just a beautiful piece of art! John’s unique gifts were apparent even at the start. What a guitar!
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Howard, that first Eclipse is just a beautiful piece of art! John’s unique gifts were apparent even at the start. What a guitar!
And more recently he built a pair for Eric Clapton. Here's 1 0f 2

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Old 09-25-2018, 11:47 AM
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The owner's initials.......

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