ADD “TEACHER” TO HIS RESUME

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CEO/President, Jazz Guitarist and now TEACHER!  Howard Paul can do it all.

This past Monday, Howard conducted a workshop for high Benedetto Workshop photo copyright Michael G. Stewart 34school students in the DC area — “The Jazz Guitar: Its History, Architecture & Performance Characteristics.”

Benedetto was hosted by Rosemary Gano, Guitar & Piano teacher at West Potomac High School, which also included other West Springfield high school guitar teachers and students.

Photo credit: Michael J. Stewart

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY TO 1997

dalejackbenedettovisit3-97Jack Wilkins and Dale Rabner visit Bob Benedetto at the East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania shop in March 1997.

Jack is holding Dale’s lefty Cremona, Dale is holding Jack’s Fratello.

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BELIZE, HONDURAS —> OREGON

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This unique Bravo Elite shipped to its new home in Oregon this week!  Built sans binding, it features spectacular mahogany back and sides recovered from a river bed in Belize, Honduran mahogany neck, and a beautiful spruce top.

The Bravo Elite is a 16″ x 2-1/2″ body, 25″ scale and 1-3/4″ nut width, and it includes a built-in B6 pickup and ebony violin-style tailpiece.

Hear a demo of the Bravo Elite below:

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THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, THE 7-STRING GA-35

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Since Benedetto introduced the GA-35 model in 2013, which Bob Benedetto designed to be a fusion/blues/rock/jazz instrument, we have only delivered the standard six-string model.

This neck and headstock belongs to our FIRST seven-string GA-35, which will make for a truly one-of-a-kind guitar…until someone custom orders another one!

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KEEPING THE BEAT FOR CHARITY

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Of course, if you ask us, the best part of any day is getting to perform and/or listen to live music, and we had quite the line-up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fundraiser we hosted at Benedetto.

Sasha and Marty croppedThe crowd enjoyed the Tony Monaco Trio with our own Howard Paul and Justin Varnes, and Gypsy jazz artists Dr. Sasha Strunjas and Marty Liquori (National Spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society).  But, not before Benedetto Master Luthier Damon Mailand kicked things off with his band Damon & the Shitkickers.

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Thanks too all who attended!

 

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GYPSY TAKEOVER

Sasha Strungas & Marty LiquoriSomeone must have left the back door unlocked and these gypsy players snuck into Benedetto!

Dr. Sasha Strunjas and Marty Liquori readying themselves to perform at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser held at Benedetto Guitars this weekend.

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(UN)BUSTED EMAIL

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Thank you for your patience…we’re BACK as of about 10:45am EST. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Everyone bear with us — our email system went down over the weekend.

We are diligently working to get it up and running again, but in the meantime, please give us a call at (912) 692-1400.

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION

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Nothing could inspire us more than this photo sent yesterday by our friend and Benedetto player Garrison Fewell! Berklee professor, author, recording artist, innovator, scholar, and jazz guitar great, Garrison handily dispatches adversity and finds joy in his music! His sent this photo of his new “haircut” following some radiation treatments, but wanted us to know it wouldn’t get in the way of performing on his Bravo Elite.

We celebrate every note with this remarkable artist/educator!

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CHRIS STANDS OUT

CS2CS1Benedetto Player Chris Standring at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

Chris is playing his new 40th Anniversary Bambino Model!

Courtesy of “I See Music Photography.”

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Martin TaylorA great photo shared by our friend Martin Taylor playing his Benedetto Cremona with his son James on drums.

This is Bob’s top of the line Flagship model guitar, the stuff of legends: The Cremona guitar.

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