North Carolina-based John Buscarino is known for the exquisite archtop and nylon string guitars he builds. He apprenticed under two mater luthiers - Augustine LoPrinzi (nylon string) and Robert Benedetto (archtop) - so he knows a thing or two about what makes an instrument exceptional. What's perhaps not as known is that John also makes a hell of a solid-body electric, as evidenced by this stunning "The Mira" dual humbucker guitar!

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat - this guitar sounds incredible plugged in. The Mira reminds us a lot of a guitar Mark Knopfler could have been spotted with while fronting Dire Straits, but the tones are somewhere between an electric archtop (yes, seriously) and a solid-body electric. The Buscarino signature pickups can also be split via a push/push tone control for even more versatility.

The sustain is simply incredible. Like a great archtop, each note is perfectly balanced with the next, and there's an intoxicating, round, fat attack to each note. This guitar excels at jazzier clean playing, but isn't limited to that world and it can handle gain equally as well. An impressive accomplishment to be sure. 

In hand, the guitar balanced very well during our seated playing session (we have no reason to believe it wouldn't balance equally well on a strap for standing position sessions). The neck has a wide, slightly chunky feel, though ultimately comfortable and perfect for players who need to go between chord solo playing and single note leads. 

The build quality is exactly what you'd expect from a renown archtop builder - which is to say, it's exceptional, period.

Condition: Excellent with only light signs of prior ownership. The owner of this guitar has taken great care of it as you'd imagine. Legendary guitarist Steve Morse considers his Buscarino a "treasured work of art" - it seems the owner of this consigned Buscarino felt the same about this guitar. 

Just a phenomenal, unique electric guitar that should be on your list of instruments to check out! Priced with hardshell case.

On consignment, no trades please. 


  • Multi-piece body of highly quilted maple and alder
  • Buscarino signature pickups
  • 3-way switch w/coil tap
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Flame maple neck
  • 25 inch scale

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