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.
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.
The 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.
A fantastic time was had by all, but most importantly, much needed funds were raised that will support research to eradicate blood cancers.
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!