1996 Monteleone Eclipse Special Violin Red

  • Price $95,000.00
  • Specifications:

    • Condition: Near Mint
    • Year: 1996
    • Make: Monteleone
    • Model: Eclipse 17" Special
    • Color: Violin Red
    • Case: Hard
  • Serial # 160 is a Monteleone Eclipse 17″ Special created by John in 1996 featuring a striking violin red finish and highly-figured curly maple back, sides, and neck.

    This instrument was purchased in 1998 by Robert James Waller, author of the Bridges of Madison County and numerous other novels and was a particular favorite of his. Robert nicknamed this guitar “Sugar” because of the notable sweetness of its sound and the beauty of its appearance. Robert ordered a custom Calton hard case for this guitar so he could travel and perform with it for friends and admirers.

    It also features a suspended pickup which amplifies it’s smooth and lush sounds, and it is exceptionally comfortable and easy to play. The scale length is 25.5″; neck width at the nut is 1.75″; body width is 17″ at the lower bout; and body depth is 2-7/8″ at the rim. This instrument is an outstanding example of John’s first archtop model and is in near-mint original condition with no issues.

    Please contact Tom Van Hoose for further information.


Watch a demonstration of this 1996 Monteleone Eclipse