Constructing a world class musical instrument evokes a romance that is largely undiminished even in the modern world of 3-D printers. While independent luthiers and all manufacturers use CNC technology to shape the critical arched tops and back, at Benedetto we insist on carving each of these plates by hand. The sonic characteristics of the finished guitar are probably lost on even our most discerning customers, and the cost of labor, training, and materials is extraordinary compared to modern methods. It is balancing this traditional approach with business needs that makes our company unique and our brand coveted.