Dale Unger American Archtop Elite 16 Carved 6 String Natural Sunburst


American Elite 16, Dale Unger

Guitar Type

Archtop Electric, Archtop Hollow Body

Lower Bout Width


Body Depth


Nut Width

1 3/4″

Fingerboard Scale


Pickup Type


Wood Composition

Carved Solid


Maple, Spruce







MSRP: $13,000

$9,500 $5,995

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Unger American Archtop guitars are among the finest archtop guitars ever built patterned in the fashion of Bob Benedetto. The Archtop is an “X” braced traditional instrument, descendent from the D’Aquisto& Benedetto  school of instruments- very light and acoustic. It features a European carved spruce top with figured carved maple back with solid maple sides

Product Description

American Archtop Elite Supreme European perfectly seasoned master grade “5A” Cello wood. Sides and neck constructed from the finest figured flamed tiger maple grown. Custom design special inlays, made from mother of pearl and abalone, make this a unique and extraordinary instrument. So elite it will be the only one like it ever made for you to cherish and pass down for many years to come. New Elites start at $16,000. This one previously sold for over $13,000. Now offered in same condition for $9950  • 16″ X 3″ Non Cut Away
• 1  3/4″ Bone Nut with 25″ Scale
• Violin Finish with Nitrocellulose Lacquer
• Hand Selected 5 “A” Carved European Alpine Spruce Top
• Hand Selected 5 “A” Carved European Flamed Tiger Maple Back
• Highly Flamed Solid Maple Sides with Matching Neck
• Aged Ebony for Fingerboard, Tailpiece, Bridge, Truss Rod Cover & Finger Rest
• Extraordinary Hand Cut Abalone Pearl & Gold Fingerboard Markers
• Pearl Side Dot Markers
• Beautiful Exotic Wood Headstock Veneer Front & Back
• Gold Schaller Tuners with Ebony Knobs
• Hand Wound Kent Armstrong Floating Pick Up with Tone and Volume
• Custom TKL Tweed Case


Body: 17″ Lower Bout
Body Depth: 3″
Nut Width: 2 1/8″
Finger Board Scale: 25″
Top: AAA Spruce – hand carved & tap tuned
Back: Hand carved Figured Maple
Neck: Figured Maple
Rims: Figured Maple
Finger Board: Bound Ebony – Book Pearl Inlays $300 Optional
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Binding: White & Black Multiple PlyWood binding optional
Pick Guard: Ebony – w/ binding $150 Optional
Bridge & Base: Ebony w/Thumb Wheel Adjustment
Tailpiece: Ebony carved
Tuning Machines: Grover Imperial
Pickup: Kent Armstrong floating w/ volume and tone thumb wheels
Color: Blonde, Sunburst, Violinburst, Natural
Case: 5-ply custom Cedar Creek

About Palen

palen-logoNelson Palen started building his acoustic archtop Palen Guitar in November, 1998 and finished it the last week in June, 1999. He read the book and viewed the 6-hour video by Bob Benedetto, who has been building guitars and violins for 30 years and is considered the premier archtop builder in the country. The Palen archtop is unique in that the soundboard and back are carved from wood approx. 1″ thick to a domed shape similar to that found on a violin.

Before Nelson made Palen archtops, he had been making decorative wooden bowls as shown here for approx. 12 years. His woodworking skills and attention to detail began here and from his ancestry. His dad, Benedict Palen, has been doing woodwork since the 1930’s starting out with a pedal-powered lathe. His dad’s enterprise, Artistic Woodcrafts started with a Shopsmith and then homebuilt a heavy-duty lathe capable of swinging up to 32″ diameter blanks.. The blanks for the bowls are made up of segmented rings stacked and glued. Various wood species, domestic and foreign are used. Examples are walnut, white gum, padauk, wenge, mahogany etc. Nelson Palen added a CNC desktop mill in 1998 that can be mounted on the lathe for engraving. The spindle is slowly rotated by computer command with approx. 1000:1 reduction. The basic turning operation is done with conventional hand tools.

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