Pat Martino emerged from the jazz-rich Philadelphia music scene in 1961 and established himself over the subsequent fifty years as one of the most important and prolific jazz guitarists of all time. His work with legends like Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, and so many more link him to the very fabric of jazz history. He has recorded for every major record label, performed on every major jazz festival stage, and been nominated for the very top echelon of awards and readers polls. He has been a MAJOR influence to at least two generations of guitarists. So as he entered his 50th year in the music profession, it became evident that these golden years should be spent touring with a guitar befitting a jazz legend – designed and built by Bob Benedetto.
The Pat Martino Signature Model took nearly a year of collaboration between Bob and Pat to develop the perfect instrument for Pat to use every single day on the road, in the studio, while conducting clinics, and while composing new music and revisiting the classics. A very light weight, chambered mahogany body, carved maple top, fast ebony fingerboard, and two A6 Benedetto pickups with dual volume and tone controls, make this instrument specific to Pat’s exacting needs: all without losing the Benedetto pedigree, uncompromising workmanship, and unmatched balance and tonal performance. Available with Pat’s signature inlaid on the fingerrest, Pat’s famously heavy-gauge strings, and in his favorite finishes – Black on Black or Autumnburst on Black. This model is available ONLY DIRECT FROM BENEDETTO GUITARS. Pricing is not discounted. Includes hardshell case and signed Certificate of Provenance by both Pat Martino and Bob Benedetto. (Photos on right by Mark Sheldon)
A Quote from Pat Martino:
“A fine guitar, from a great luthier is designed to remain neutral, and yet provide all that’s necessary for an ongoing relationship. Its visual beauty, a continuous reminder of how it originally hypnotized, and how it will always do the same. Its balance, unquestionable, its endurance outlasting, its adaptation, … like a fluid that takes the shape of what it’s creatively poured into.
Bob Benedetto thank you, that’s what this instrument means to me”.
Includes Hardshell Case
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Carved top, chambered solid body, 14 ½” lower bout, 1 5/8” body depth
Carved maple (plain maple with black finish; flamed maple with autumnburst finish)
Mahogany, chambered body (tummy cut)
Ebony, 12” radius with 12th fret abalone floral inlay
Width at Nut:
Stop tailpiece: Black
2 Benedetto A-6 black chrome
Volume and tone for each pickup; 3-way toggle
Sperzel locking tuners: Black
Ebony with Pat Martino Signature. An optional non-signature fingerrest is available upon request
Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
Black throughout or Autumnburst Top/Black back, sides & neck
Set-up with Pat’s personal string preference: Flat wound .016, .018, .026, .032, .042, .052 or .015, .017, .024, .032, .042, .052
Watch Pat Martino play his signature model on YouTube: