John is one of the few luthiers working today; a solo artisan handcrafting guitars suited to each customer’s personal needs. His instruments are prized not just for the beautiful sounds they produce, but also as the cherished possessions they inevitably become. Guitar player Steve Morse considers his Buscarino guitars “treasured works of art,” as do many of John’s customers.

John is unique among today’s guitar builders in that he apprenticed with not one but two master luthiers. The first was Augustine LoPrinzi, from whom John learned the finer points of building classical guitars.

John later worked with famed archtop builder Robert Benedetto, spending years perfecting the woodworking skills that today make him a master luthier in his own right.

John has created hundreds of exquisite guitars using proven methods passed down over generations. He constantly refines these time-tested techniques, taking each to new levels of perfection in mastering the art of lutherie.

Why buy a Buscarino Guitar?


Buscarino Guitars have an excellent record of retaining or increasing their value over the years. Because of the small numbers of guitars we make in a year, our guitars are much more valued and sought after by guitarists and collectors. I have apprenticed with two of the finest guitar makers in the world, classical builder Augustine LoPrinzi and the renowned archtop builder Robert Benedetto. I have also studied and repaired numerous vintage instruments, which has increased my knowledge of guitar construction and has allowed me to apply that knowledge to the building of my own instruments.


Nothing is more important to me than building the guitar that is perfect for you. I can’t stress enough how important it is for a luthier to know his customer. You can’t build a guitar for someone without knowing what is important to them. By taking the time to talk with you and find out what it is you are hoping to get out of your new guitar I can build you the guitar you have always dreamed of.


One of the best things about ordering a custom guitar is you get to choose your specs. With a production guitar you have to take what they give you. However, with a custom instrument you get to choose the things that are most important to you. With our wide array of options and models to choose from we make it easy for you to design the guitar that is just right for you.


I am always in search of the finest products to use on and in my guitars. I have tested numerous products from lacquers to tuners, from cases to sandpaper. I have experimented with several different woods for bridges and saddles, have checked out multitudes of endpin jacks and tested miles of cables all to make sure that only the very best goes into each and every Buscarino Guitar.


Ever since I started building guitars over 20 years ago I have been collecting and storing high quality instrument grade wood. It is seasoned and aged to perfection before I even think about using it for one of my guitars. One of my strictest requirements is that the wood must be aged and seasoned for at least four years before I will use it to build an instrument. By climatizing the wood in my own shop I can guarantee the stability of each and every one of my instruments.


Tired of the same old Ebony fingerboards, pickguards, tailpieces and bridges? Why not try something new and exciting that will make your guitar unique and different? I have several high quality exotic woods to choose from that will turn your guitar from a work of art into a masterpiece.


At least one of every model I make is owned and played by a professional touring musician. By having these guitars out on the road, played in every imaginable setting from an outdoor reception to Carnegie Hall, from a Smoky Club in New York City to a cozy Café on the Shores of Italy, I can say with absolute certainty that I have designed a guitar that stands the test of time. With proper care and handling, gig after gig your Buscarino will perform as good if not better than the day you bought it.


I am a guitarist myself. I have studied Classical guitar and have worked in bands for over 10 years. I have first hand knowledge of what a guitar player needs and expects out of his guitar. I pride myself in designing a guitar that has the perfect balance of form and function. One of the most frequent comments that I hear from those who own and play my instruments is how comfortable and easy they are to play, which for me is the finest compliment I can receive.

Go to the testimonials page to hear what Buscarino customers have to say.⁞

Over the past to years this guitar as acquired a unique and rather sweet over all acoustic tone, with amazing balance between treble and bass. The tone is nothing like a traditional spanish classical tone, tends to avoid that tuby, roomy feel you usually get when playing jazz chords on really good traditional classical instruments. Perfect in everyway for nylon string jazz or brazillian playing, probably not the perfect guitar for a classical player though. The amplification is designed to stay as close as possible to the acoustic sound, and that seems to be the case. This guitar should recieve more than a 10 for tone.

This Girl

I have been playing (non-professional) for over thirty years and have owned quite a few guitars. I currently own and ES-175, National Trojan, and Takamine classical. In recent years I have gravitated toward nylon string jazz and brazillian playing and I wanted an instrument to facilitate this. I looked at several custom-made classical instruments, as well as the Lowden nylon string model, and several models from Taylor. The classical instruments were wonderful but not really appropriate for the type of music I am interested. Nothing else was even close to this guitar, but the Lowden was my second choice, and at half the cost would have been an economical alternative. The Taylors were altogether unimpressive. The joy I get everytime I play this instrument is something I cannot convey. There simply is no other instument like it. It is expensive, but it is hand made by a master luthier, with John personally building the entire guitar. This instrument amazes me everytime I play it.

This Guy