Lawrence “Larry” Perkins has worked as Benedetto’s Master Finisher since June 26, 2011, where he supervises all aspects of the Finishing Department. Born in Paw Paw, Michigan. Larry has studied music for most his life, beginning as a trombonist, and performing his first club gig at the age of 13. While studying music composition and arrangement at Western Michigan University, Larry began doing small repairs and guitar setup for friends. He was hired in 1996 by Heritage Guitars where he quickly moved into the finishing department due to his passion for the instrument and his attention to detail. A year later, he was supervising the department. During his ten years at Heritage, Larry did finish work on 7,804 instruments, including for Kenny Burrell, Roy Clark, Steve Howe, Gary Pucket, John Sebatian, Niki Fox, Charlie Daniels, Frankie Ballard, and Alvin Lee.
We never get tired of teasing you with our 50th Anniversary signature model set to debut in 2018! What could this new one’s headstock look like to commemorate such a momentous occasion?!
Mike Cea (Bambino Deluxe) had a big weekend in San Diego. First, he started with a quick “Twin Picks” duo gig with his buddy Rick (left top photo). Then, he sat down for coffee with a VERY familiar face, Cindy Benedetto that evening who was in town visiting her daughter, Gina. Right photo (L to R): Joan (Cindy’s SIL), Cindy, Mike, & Debbie (Mike’s wife).
Thanks for sharing the photos, Mike!
Remember that 16-B we posted on June 16th that was sold by NOON on June 17th? Well here comes another Opulent Brown 16-B through our buffing room under the expert care of Colin! It should be assembled within a week and ready to hit the Boutique! You can reserve this one with a 25% deposit and have it shipped to you within two weeks! 16-B is 16″ x 2-1/2″ hand-carved select spruce top and maple back and solid maple sides. A6 built-in pickup and all ebony appointments. $10K including hardshell case plus shipping.
Benedetto Artist Barry Greene takes the stage at The Parlour in Jacksonville, FL along with Kevin Bales on Piano, Dennis Marks on Bass, Ben Adkins on Drums.
We always appreciate when our players share their photos, so keep them coming and we’ll keep posting them!
Pat Martino still tours the world as one of the jazz genre’s most iconic and influential players. For the past six years he’s been inseparable from his Benedetto PM Model. This just completed Black finish over flame maple top is on its way to a guitarist in California as a gift (nice gift, huh?). It is built and setup exactly the same as Pat’s personal instruments – handmade in Savannah. Custom orders available with about a 7-month lead-time.
Photos by S. Ward.
The 16-B is our most approachable Flagship Series guitar with a solid hand-carved Spruce top and Maple back and sides. While it has a superior amplified sound with greatly reduced feedback potential (thanks to the built-in A-6 pickup and 16” x 2-1/2” body), it has all the responsiveness and acoustic total characteristics and of the finest carved instruments – less the projection and broad spectrum of a larger body. In short, this is THE best way for a gigging guitarist or serious hobbyist to own a carved Benedetto! This particular 16-B is a bit unique thanks to its one-piece carved maple back (most required two pieces joined in the center to accommodate the width of the guitar). 16-B’s sell really quickly, and this Opulent Brown model is one of our most popular finishes. It’s identical to Jimmy Bruno’s new guitar. Don’t wait to call or message us if you want to avoid 7-month lead time!!!