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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!

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A master songwriter's tribute to a master craftsman.

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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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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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I've seen more of his mandolins then guitars. Thanks for sharing those pictures. He is a master craftsman for sure!
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I have his second! Commissioned in 80, delivered in 81 ... its majestic!

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Hi Howard,

Do you know Woody? The last time I saw Woody he was chatting about the documentary he's making about John called "The Chisels Are Calling". http://streetsingerproductions.com/t...s-are-calling/

My brush with John came many years ago at the Montreal Guitar Show. He was sitting at his display with George Gruhn so I said hello. But I was smart enough not to fondle the guitars he had on display!

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I know he made other instruments before, but the idea of creating something that beautiful on the first try...dang.

True functional art.
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Hi Howard,

Do you know Woody? The last time I saw Woody he was chatting about the documentary he's making about John called "The Chisels Are Calling". http://streetsingerproductions.com/t...s-are-calling/

My brush with John came many years ago at the Montreal Guitar Show. He was sitting at his display with George Gruhn so I said hello. But I was smart enough not to fondle the guitars he had on display!
Hi Doug,
Yes, I've known Woody for a very long time. Many of my friends have studied with him.

I did my interview for The Chisels Are Calling over the summer.

Here's a screen grab playing Woody's Hot Club at the shop:

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Hi Doug,
Yes, I've known Woody for a very long time. Many of my friends have studied with him.

I've did my interview for The Chisels Are Calling over the summer.

Here's a screen grab playing Woody's Hot Club at the shop:

That's awesome Howard. Great to see you involved in the project. I've been up close with Woody's Hot Clubs but I haven't played them. i never play anything I can't afford to break!
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