Borys B120-7 Deluxe 7 string Arch Top Electric Guitar (1993)

Borys  B120-7 Deluxe 7 string Arch Top Electric Guitar  (1993)
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Borys B120-7 Deluxe Model 7 string Arch Top Electric Guitar (1993), made in New Jersey, serial # 130-234-93, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body; maple neck with ebony fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

This guitar is a 7-string version of well-respected New Jersey builder Roger Borys' most popular instrument, the B-120 Deluxe. This model is descended from the early 1980s BG-100 originally designed in collaboration with James D'Aquisto and Barry Galbraith. Borys was associated with James D'Aquisto at the time and this model still reflects that master's stylistic touches. The sweeping sound holes, minimalist wooden pickguard, and general lines are all reminiscent of D'Aquisto's designs of the period combined with Roger Borys' own style and aesthetic touches. The finish is a very subtly blended red/amber sunburst highlighting the maple grain which is applied very thin compared to many modern instruments.

The B-120 is a dedicated electric instrument; the 16" wide body has an arched, laminated top and back with built in pickup and controls. The only alteration to this example is it has been fitted with a Benedetto pickup in place of the stock Armstrong unit. This is a superb instrument, built with Borys' impeccable craftsmanship. It sounds wonderful and even unplugged is quite responsive with a sweet yet incisive tone. We don't see many 7-strings here but this is a lovely instrument for that style, set up with the standard low bass string for adventures in George Van Eps or Bucky Pizzarelli territory.
 
Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 15/16 in. (49 mm.).

This guitar is very clean overall showing only some light play and handling wear. There is some finish checking to the lacquer on the body but apart from the pickup substitution no alteration or repair. The Benedetto unit is perhaps a bit less "electric" sounding than the Armstrong humbucking pickup Borys equips the guitars with stock and sounds lovely. This guitar is creeping up on 30 years old and is mellowing in very nicely, a very fine playing and sounding instrument. Excellent Condition.