Some Background

Marc Beneteau was born in Windsor, Ontario, and grew up next to the large musical centre of Detroit. Consequently, early on he developed an eclectic taste in music. He has been playing the guitar since age ten, and has progressed through many musical styles from folk through the British invasion, and finally to blues rock in his early twenties. In 1974, two things occurred that greatly impacted Marc's life. He decided that he didn’t want to make a living playing music, and he met the Canadian guitar maker Jean Lariveé. Inspired by the beauty of Jean's instruments, Marc decided to dive headlong into the world of luthiery. Struggling at first by trial and error, he managed to stick with it, and now realizes that he couldn’t have made a more rewarding career choice. Today, Marc lives in the town of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, doing what he loves to do best, building acoustic guitars. Marc averages about 25 guitars per year, and although he has been building fulltime since 1974, he never stops looking for ways to improve his instruments.

Marc builds a wide range of instruments ranging from an "0" up to and including an "SJ" acoustic guitar. He also builds baritones, archtops, classical and flamenco guitars. All Beneteau guitars have ebony fingerboards and bridges. Marc also utilizes only real wood purflings and bindings (which are all custom made in his shop). Of course, plastic bindings can be special ordered. He tends toward quiet elegance and fine attention to detail. All Beneteau guitars come with a limited lifetime warrantly to the original owner.

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  • Beneteau 0-12: We are honored to have Marc's first 0-12 guitar! Intoxicating, bubbly, Pomele Sapele back and sides with a fine Red Cedar top. Ebony fretboard that measures 1 13/16" at the nut and is bound in Ebony. 2 5/16"string spacing at the saddle. Ebony pyramid bridge. Slotted headstock with Pomele Sapele front & back plates. Wavely tuning machines with Ebony buttons. Indian Rosewood body & soundhole binding. Pomele rosette. Some specs: 13 1/2" lower bout; 9 1/2" upper bout; 4 1/8" deep at the tail; 25" scale length. This guitar sounds WAY bigger than it looks! S O L D. Front... Closer... Back... Headstock... Other Side... Fretboard... Rosette... Down Front... Down Back... Side.

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  • Beneteau NL Custom: What an exceptional guitar! Mahogany back and sides with a fine, Adirondack spruce top. Drop-dead gorgeous Gibson 1930's style sunburst top. Shaded sides and back. Beautiful spalted Maple rosette. SIDE Soundport. Flame Maple body binding and tail wedge. Ebony fretboard, heelcap, soundhole binding, & bridge. Vintage Pyramid bridge. Gold Waverly tuning machines with Ebony buttons. Macassar Ebony front and back headstock faceplates. Nick Lucas style fingerboard inlays. 1 3/4" nut width and 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. 13 frets to the body with a 25" scale. The fretboard is bound in Ebony as well. This guitar is light in weight and ULTRA-Responsive. Very fun and lively to play. OHSC included in our price of Sold. Front.


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  • Beneteau M Custom: WOW---SERS !!!! Marc has really knocked it out of the park with this one! Old Brazilian back and sides that shimmers like a horse's tail in the wind. 70+ year old Cedar top. Marc scored this top from a man who bought the log from a guy who worked at a Cedar Shake Mill. How cool is that? It sounds AMAzzzzING ! Stunning spalted Maple rosette. Koa body binding that matches the koa buttons on the Gold Vintage Waverly tuning machines. Fine, cocobolo top purfling that matches the binding on the soundhole. The headstock faceplate is bookmatched Brazilian. It is so dark, it is hard to see it, but it is Wonderful. Ebony fretboard that measures 1 3/4" at the nut. Ebony bridge with 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. Did we mention the side sound port?? Did we mention the gorgeous, ergonomic Koa bevel? OHSC included in our price of SOLD.
  • Beneteau OMC: Fresh from the Newport Guitar Show !!! Eye-Popping Quilted Sapele back and sides on this showpiece of a guitar! Smooth, Mastergrade Engelmann Spruce top. Soft Cutaway. 2 Bevels ~ Top and back for awesome comfort while playing. And that's not all -- a side sound port awaits you as well. Spalted maple rosette. Brazilian Rosewood body binding and bevels. Even the soundhole is bound. Quilted Sapele headstock faceplate; Brazilian Rosewood headstock backplate. The headstock and fingerboard are bound in Ebony. ~ The Ebony fretboard that has fine purfling lines as a tasteful outline. Laminated neck ~ 1 3/4" nut width; 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. Gold open back Waverly tuning machines with Ebony buttons. This is an incredbly delicious guitar to hold (dare I say, caress) and play, exquisite in every way. SOLD.


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  • Beneteau Concert Standard Custom: Absolutely magnificent Macassar Ebony back and sides on this guitar. Fine, fine Sitka spruce top. Soft cutaway. Ebony armrest Bevel. Side port in the bass side upper bout; so while you play the sound wafts into your face! Macassar Ebony rosette and bindings. Multiple purfling lines encircle the top; Single purflings accent the back and sides. Ebony fretboard that measures 1 3/4" at the nut; 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. Ebony bridge with Ebony pins/ MOP dots. MOP headstock logo. Violet Chrome Gotoh 510 tuning machines with Ebonoid buttons. 25" scale length. The sound is like Dark Chocolate....Sweet and rich and very satisfying! Please Inquire for our pricing, but don't wait, this one will go quickly---SOLD. Front... Closer... Back... Headstock... Other side... Fretboard... Rosette... Down Front... Down Back... Side Port... Bevel... Side.


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  • Beneteau Nick Lucas: Another 13 fret wonder! Flamed Maple Back and sides with a fine, Adirondack spruce top. Light aging toner finish. Brazilian Rosewood binding, fingerboard and bridge. Nick Lucas style fingerboard inlays (and the fingerboard is bound). Waverly opened geared tuners with sizzling, Snakewood buttons. Brazilian Rosewood rosette, back strip and tail wedge. 4 1/2" deep at the tail. Unbelievable growl and guts to the sound. 1 3/4" nut width; 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. 25.4" scale length. OHSC included in our price of Sold.
  • Beneteau OMC / Bevel: AMAZING ! Our long awaited first gutar with a Bevel from Marc! Exotic Ziricote back and sides with a fine Engelmann spruce top. Macassar Ebony body binding and BEVEL. Ebony fretboard bound in Ebony. 1 3/4" nut with 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. VERY ELEGANT looking guitar! Ziricote headstock front and back plate. Nickel Waverly tuners with Ebony buttons. Ziricote rosette. Some specs: 40 1/8" overall length; 25" scale; 1 3/4" nut with 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. 19 1/2" body length. 3 1/2" deep at the heel; 4" deep at the tail. 11 1/2" upper bout; 15" lower bout. This is a superb fingerstyle instrument. SOLD.
  • Beneteau "Nick Lucas" Brazilian: Marc's take on a Nick Lucas model. Very cool, indeed. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. 13 frets to the body. AAAA Adirondack top under a Vintage sunburst. Brazilian rosewood rosette. Nick Lucas style MOP fingerboard inlays. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard & bridge. 1 3/4" nut width with 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. Gold waverly tuners. MOP "B" headstock logo. The fingerboard is bound in Brazilian, the body is bound in curly Maple. Firestripe pickguard is provided in the case. Tone, tone, tone and lots of mojo too! Our price is Sold.


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  • Beneteau OMC: Talk about GORGEOUS! AAAAA Koa back and sides with dramatic figure. Western Red Cedar top. Soft cutaway. Maple body binding. Clear pickguard. Ebony fingerboard binding and heelcap with engraved "B". Moon & star inlay on the headstock overlayed in ebony. Inlay done in gold pearl (moon and "B" in heelcap), white pearl (stars) and abalone (clouds). Gold Mini-Schallers with ebony buttons. Bound ebony fingerboard measures 1 3/4" at the nut. Multiple purfling lines form the rosette and encircle the top. Fabulous sound and playability. Workmanship second to none... that's a Beneteau! Sold.


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