Models

Baritone

Baritone

With a scale length of 28" (71 cm), this increasingly popular model is normally tuned to B or C below a normal guitar, resulting a in an incredibly deep vibrant tone. Available in 16" (M-Model) and 17" SJ body sizes.
Dimensions 16"
  • Upper Bout: 11 5/8" (29.7cm)
  • Waist: 9 11/16" (24.7 cm)
  • Lower Bout: 16" (40.7cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm), 4 1/2" (11/4cm)
Dimensions 17"
  • Upper Bout: 12 1/16" (307mm)
  • Waist: 10" (254mm)
  • Lower Bout: 16 13/16"(425mm)
  • Body Depth: 4.5" (115mm)
  • Overall Length: 42.5" (108cm*)

SJ (Super Jumbo)

SJ (Super Jumbo)

Big Daddy! At 17' (43 cm), this is the largest of my models and the ultimate strummer. It provides a full rich tonal spectrum with particular emphasis on the bass response.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 12 1/16" (307mm)
  • Waist: 10" (254mm)
  • Lower Bout: 16 13/16"(425mm)
  • Body Depth: 4.5" (115mm)
  • Overall Length: 42.5" (108cm*)

"M" Model

"M" Model

The best way to describe my "M" model is to say that it is the same shape as my 0M but enlarged to a full 16" width giving it an expanded bass response. Like the Mini Jumbo and Concert Standard, this model offers another choice in a full sized guitar suitable for fingerstyle playing or full strumming. I'm also offering the "M" as an alternate Baritone choice for those players who find the 17" Jumbo body a bit too large.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 11 5/8" (29.7cm)
  • Waist: 9 11/16" (24.7 cm)
  • Lower Bout: 16" (40.7cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm), 4 1/2" (11/4cm)

Mini Jumbo

Mini Jumbo

This guitar will appeal to those who love the bold, rounded look of the Jumbo but want it in a standard full sized instrument. Like the Concert Standard, this model is a good choice if you need a guitar that does everything well.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/2” (29.3cm)
  • Waist: 9 1/4” (23.5cm)
  • Lower Bout: 16" (40.6cm)
  • Body Depth: 4- 1/2" (11.5cm)

Dreadnought

Dreadnought

I have built several dreadnought guitars over the years and only until now do have some decent photos to offer. The Dreadnought model originally came into demand beginning in the 1930s as a result of the growing popularity of bluegrass, country and folk music, which required a large-bodied guitar with a full, resonant sound.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 11 3/8" (28.9 cm)
  • Waist: 10 5/8" (27 cm)
  • Lower Bout: 15 5/8' (39.7 cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/4" (10.8 cm) or 4 5/8" (11.8 cm)

Concert Standard 12 fret

Concert Standard 12 fret

Not only am I introducing a new model this time around but this particular instrument also has a number of new design details as well. The idea for this model came from a customer who wanted a 12 fret guitar but larger than my 000 12. As it turned out, my Concert Standard, modified to 12 frets, was a perfect choice. It retains the comfort of the C/S size while increasing the tonal depth and resonance associated with the longer 12 fret body.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/2" (29cm)
  • Waist: 9 7/8" (25cm)
  • Lower Bout: 15 7/8" (40.3cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm) or 4 1/2" (11.5cm)
  • Overall Length: 21 1/16" (53.5cm)

Concert Standard

Concert Standard

I've been building and developing this model since the late 1970s and it continues to be one of my most popular guitars. Genuinely versatile, it is equally responsive to fingerpicking or strumming.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/4" (28.5cm)
  • Waist: 9 3/4" (24.8cm)
  • Lower Bout: 15 7/8" (40.3cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm) or 4 1/2" (11.5cm)

OM (Orchestra Model)

OM (Orchestra Model)

This is arguably the ultimate fingerstyle guitar with strong clear mids and highs. The 15" (38 cm)body is compact and comfortable yet large enough to give a broad tonal response. 14 frets to the body.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/4" (28.5cm)
  • Waist: 9 1/4" (23.5cm)
  • Lower Bout: 15" (38cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm)

'000' 12 Fret

'000' 12 Fret

A versatile and popular model. The 12 fret body supplies a slightly warmer tone than the 14 fret 0M with excellent mids and highs.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 10 7/8" (27.6cm)
  • Waist: 9" (22.8cm)
  • Lower Bout: 15" (38cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm)

'00' 12 Fret

'00' 12 Fret

Dimensionally, the 00 is approximately the same dimensions as a classical guitar. The compact size makes it a very comfortable instrument to play while still providing surprising tone and volume.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 9 7/8" (25cm)
  • Waist: 8 5/16" (21.1cm)
  • Lower Bout: 14 3/16 (36cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm)

'0' 12 Fret Model (Parlor)

'0' 12 Fret Model (Parlor)

This is the quintessential parlor (parlour) guitar and the smallest model that I build. Most suitable when used as a fingerstyle instrument.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 9 3/8" (23.8cm)
  • Waist: 8" (20.3cm)
  • Lower Bout: 13 7/16" (34cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm)

Nick Lucas

Nick Lucas

This is a recent addition to my model range. Based on the Gibson model of the 1930s, it is compact in size yet provides excellent volume and tone. Of particular interest is the unique "13 frets to the body" neck.
Dimensions
  • Upper Bout: 9 7/8" (25cm)
  • Waist: 8 3/8" (21.3cm)
  • Lower Bout: 14 7/8" (37.8cm)
  • Body Depth: 4 1/8" (10.5cm) or 4 1/2" (11.4cm)

Standard Features

Standard Features

Volute:
Matching head back veneer and volute on all guitars. See Picture All slotted head models now include new back head veneers and volute. See Slotted Volute
All-Wood Purflings and Bindings:
(handmade in my shop)
Matching head back veneer and volute:
(on all solid head guitars)
Scale Lengths Available:
24 3/4", 25", 25.4", 25.625", 25.75", 26.625", 27", 28" (Baritone), and Classical 650 mm. As a rule 25.4" is used unless another is specified
Nut Widths:
1 11/16, 1 3/4, 1 13/16, 1 7/8 and 2 1/16 (Classic). 1 3/4 is my standard and will be unless another is specified
Top Wood: Englemann, Sitka Spruce and Western Red Cedar:
(available options: Adirondack/Red Spruce, European Spruce)
Cases:
All Beneteau guitars are shipped with a high quality archtop guitar case. Calton cases available by special order.
Tuners:
Gotoh tuners are standard, Waverly 's are optional - Ask about details and prices.
Bindings:
Standard choices include Indian Rosewood, HonduranRosewood, Cocobolo, Koa, Ziricote and Macassar Ebony. Brazilian Rosewood and Snakewood bindings available as a special order option.


For items not listed please inquire as special requests can often be accommodated. See Special Order Options

Special Order Options

Special Order Options

Baritone Guitar No extra charge
Classical Guitar starting at $7,500 (additional features and options available)
Pinless Bridge $150 extra
Vintage Slotted Head No extra charge
Fan Fret System $1,000
Cutaway Venetian (round) $300 extra
Armrest Bevel – Front $500.00 extra
Back Bevel, (Ribrest) $500 extra
Side Sound Port $250 extra
Side Sound Port Cover* $250 extra *Available for new models only
Aging Tint on top $100 extra
Abalone soundhole $250 extra
Abalone around the top $750 extra
Bound head & fingerboard $250 extra
Inlayed Soundholes Spalted or Burled Wood $150
Vintage style pyramid bridge $100 extra
Shaded back & sides $175 extra
Shaded top, back & sides $250 extra
Sunburst top $250 extra
Sunburst top, back, sides & neck $ 400.00 extra (Maple Models)
Custom scale lengths Inquire
Brazilian Rosewood Bindings $200 extra
Snakewood Bindings $350 extra
Hard Shell Case Included, no extra charge
Custom Inlays Almost any inlay can be supplied as a custom order
Full Script Headstock Logo $150 (Spells out the full name 'Beneteau')
Custom Tuners Price on Request
Pickup System installation Price on Request

Wood Choices/Prices

Wood Choices/Prices

(All Prices in US Dollars)Ready to buy your Beneteau guitar? A 10% deposit is required, followed by the balance of payment at the time of delivery.The current waiting period for custom orders is approximately 12 months.

Available Tonewoods - Back and Sides

South American Mahogany $5000
Black Walnut $5000
Indian Rosewood $5000
Flame Maple $5000
Birdseye Maple $5100
Quilted Big Leaf Maple $5200
Honduran Rosewood $5500
African Padouk $5500
Flamed African Bubinga $5500
Quilted African Pommele Bubinga $5600
Macassar Ebony or Mun Ebony $5700
Quilted Pommele Sapele $6000
Ziricote $6000
Cocobolo $6000
Flamed/Curly Koa $6000
African Blackwood $7000
Brazilian Rosewood $8,000 and up
Bocote $5600
Granadillo $6000

Available Tonewoods - Topwood

Englemann Spruce Top No Extra Charge
Sitka Spruce Top No Extra Charge
Western Red Cedar Top No Extra Charge
European Spruce Top $400 - $500 extra
Adirondack Spruce Top $400 - $500 extra
Carpathian Spruce Top $400 extra
Lutz Spruce Top $400 extra

Ordering Information

Ordering Information

A 10% non-refundable deposit is required to place an order and assure your position in line with the balance owing due upon completion of your instrument. The current waiting period for custom orders is approximately 12 months.For more information, or to place an order, contact Marc Beneteau at: