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1979 Bozo Podunavac Bell western Prototype guitar

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Luthier Facts :
Name: Bozo Podunavac
Location: Florida

Wait list: Unknown at time of press
Taking Orders?: Unknown at time of press
RIYL: Intricate marquetry and fingerstyle dreadnoughts. Note: (RIYL) Recommended If You Like

1979 Bozo Podunavac Bell western Prototype guitar

  • Model: Bell Western Prototype
  • Year: 1979
  • Top:  Sitka Spruce
  • Back & sides: Molded ABS plastic
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Body length: 20 1/4
  • Upper bout: 11
  • Lower bout 16 1/2
  • Bridge:Ebony
  • Binding: Rosewood
  • Rosette: Herringbone
  • Backstrip: Herringbone
  • Purfling: Line
  • Headstock: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25.4”
  • Nut width: 1 3/4”
  • Twelfth fret width:2 5/16”


1979 Bozo Podunavac Bell western Prototype guitar

1979 Bozo Podunavac Bell western Prototype guitar

1979 Bozo Podunavac Bell western Prototype guitarThis is a very early example of a Bozo Bell Western. Mr Podunavac was raised in Belgrade and completed his apprenciship to Milutin Mladenovic in 1950.

He emigrated to Chicago and soon thereafter in 1964 opened his own shop and built guitars under his own name. He is best known through Leo Kottke who played several of his guitars in the 70’s.

To date he was completed over 500 guitars with a distinctive voice and aesthetic. He relishes highly ornate instruments and his guitars are known for being balanced with a full projection.

The prior owner says: “Always an innovator, Bozo became concerned with the scarcity and unavailability of aged tonewoods, and proceeded to create about a half-dozen Prototypes using a molded, reinforced ABS plastic back of his own design, (Much Flatter and Thinner than an Ovation, for example) it lays FLAT against your body!

A luthier student of his told me that Bozo actually carved a solid Mahogany form to mold the body over! This hand-crafted body is Married to a fine-grained, bookmatched, aged Spruce Top, inlaid tastefully with abalone binding and abalone with wood inlaid rosette around the sound hole.

The resulting instrument is remarkably impressive for its balanced tone…Deep Lows and bell-tone Highs! This is a 30+ year-old instrument that is set up very well and has only a few tiny pick marks to keep it from mint!”

1979 Bozo Podunavac Bell western Prototype guitar

1979 Bozo Podunavac Bell western Prototype guitar


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