FLASHBACK FRIDAY — SHOWTIME!

Chet Atkins Show July 11 2014 Damon Mailand and Howard Paul at booth newsNo strangers to hitting the road together, as they are currently at the opening day of the Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Show through Sunday, Damon Mailand and Howard Paul are today’s “Flashback,” photographed here at the Benedetto booth at the Chet Show, July 11, 2014 in Nashville.

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JOIN US IN SANTA BARBARA!

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Looking forward seeing a lot of old friends!

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STAINING THE VINODETTO IX

Master Finisher Larry Perkins applies the Miner Family Winery Benedetto Cabernet Sauvignon wine stain to the 9th Vinodetto. This Cremona model guitar with unique finish was delivered to Dave Miner in September 2016.

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…WITH A CHERRY ON TOP!

s2364-ga35-cherry_fc6_barrygreene_092216This striking cherry GA-35 just went home with Benedetto Player Barry Greene​ last week! This GA-35 is a spectacular guitar! 1-5/8″ deep solid chambered mahogany body and neck, highly flamed solid maple top, two Benedetto A6 pickups, 25″ scale x 1-11/16 nut, and a 15″ lower bout. Fast 22 fret neck, feedback resistant chambered solid-body design, and flawless Benedetto workmanship. Photos by Stephanie Ward​

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SWEET AS HONEY!

s2355-bambinodlxhb_fc10_kimbirdsong_092116With its lovely highly-flamed honey-blonde top, contrasting espresso back and sides, and gold hardware, this Bambino Deluxe is a stunner! This model has become the “go to” archtop for jazz players who want a smaller body and laminated “anti-feedback” performance but don’t want to compromise the architecture of a lightweight hollow-body archtop with a single pickup, floating bridge and ebony appointments. Light, responsive, warm, and versatile, the Bambino Deluxe is simultaneously elegant and robust. This one is headed for Oklahoma. Photos by Stephanie Ward.

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BARRY ADDS ANOTHER BENEDETTO

barrygreene1Benedetto Player Barry Greene was in Savannah this weekend to perform with his trio at the Savannah Jazz Festival. BONUS! We just completed his cherry red Benedetto GA-35. Here he is holding it for the very first time. Stephanie is busy with the “pro” shots of this beauty this week, so stay tuned for those. He sent us the nice note of thanks after returning home to Florida.

“I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone at Benedetto guitars for my new GA-35. I absolutely love the guitar and look forward to playing it on many gigs to come!”

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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, SOLOMAN!

solomon-hicks-sjf-2016After a mind-blowing performance at the Savannah Jazz Festival this past Thursday, we officially welcomed King Solomon Hicks into the family!!!

An amazingly talented young guitarist, he now calls his primary instrument a Benedetto GA-35. And, boy, does he do it justice!

Check out more about Solomon on his website solomonhicks.com.

 

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY – BACK AT IT!

Almost three years to the date ago, we had ANDREAS VARADY add his signature to the two guitar backs that at that time had been signed by 101 (if Cindy counted correctly!) jazz guitarists…with him are Bob, Howard, and Dave Miner.

The first back was used on Bill Doyle’s Benedetto ‘Anima e Corpo’ and was his brainchild…

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TRUE ONE-OF-A-KIND

s2372-bravodlxcob_ff3_hughbarrett_092116This custom Bravo Deluxe is a true one-of-a-kind with non-standard mother of pearl fretboard inlays, floral motif on the headstock, and a custom cherry-orange finish. It’s particularly special (and rare) when we actually have a customer come to the office to pick up their guitar, allowing our luthier’s the chance to see the huge smile they put on on someone’s face with their exceptional work!

Here, Terry is pictured with Master Finisher Larry Perkins. Photos by Stephanie

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CATCH THESE CATS

paulo Ulf wakenius martin taylorBenedetto Player Ulf Wakenius, with his Bambino, is front and center of this crew, who just started touring together this week. Thank you to Paulo for sharing this photo with us — we are currently building him his first Benedetto, the signature Pat Martino model.

Paulo asks, “I´m going out on tour with these cats tomorrow… you see the Benedetto?

Of course, we do! And, who do we spy holding Paddington Bear? Yep, Martin Taylor!

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