BLUE MONTANA

Solomon HIcks at Crown Festival 2015Howard is making the rounds in Montana this week, playing with many renowned jazz/blues guitarists at the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival. Here, he’s jamming with ‘King’ Solomon Hicks, bonafide blues prodigy, who’s playing our GA-35. Howard is playing the 7-string Vinodetto VIII.

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WELCOME ABOARD, MARK!

Mark Strickland BenedettoWe recently added Mark Strickland to our stable of “Benedetto players,” whom we featured HERE on our website.

Mark is a guitarist out of Pittsburgh, PA, who names Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass as his influences.

We’ll be joining him in Pittsburg in December (details forthcoming). We’ll be sure to plan an event for our Benedetto Players Club members while we’re there. If you own a Benedetto and haven’t yet registered for our Benedetto Players Club, you can do so HERE.

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SEE YOU IN MONTANA!

S2224 GA35 AUB_FF1_MikiMusical_110614 S2258-AmericanaOB_FF1_BB_060415 S2279 PatMartinoBLK_FF2_Spec18_BB_081815This week, we’re headed to the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival near Kalispell, Montana. On Thursday we’ll move on to Hamilton, Montana for a few days. Howard will be traveling with several Benedettos including an Americana, Pat Martino Signature Model, & a GA-35!

Email ktait@benedettoguitars.com if you are in the neighborhood and want to try one!

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THE FINALISTS!

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 9.24.16 AMThe thirty semi-finalists of the Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition have been named. Of these, five will be announced as the finalists on September 1st.

The winner will receive our Benedetto Pat Martino Signature Model guitar. Lucky duck!

To check out the thirty, go HERE!

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY — TRUE BLUE

From 2012, Master Finisher Larry Perkins inspects the blue hue of Stefan Gaspar’s 18′ CREMONA Custom, inspired by Scott Chinery’s “La Cremona Azzurra” that commemorated the Blue Guitar Exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution 1997/98.

 
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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE!

S2277 PatMartinoBLK_FR_WesMontComp_082615The winner of the Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Contest by Resonance Records will not only receive $5,000, but also this sleek black Pat Martino Signature Model guitar, which we just completed.

The competition will be judged, in part, by Pat himself in New York City this October, and from the online submissions, which you can hear HERE, the winner will be well-deserving!

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MORE BENEDETTOS ON STAGE!

Greg LamyA big THANK YOU to Greg Lamy for sharing with us this awesome shot of him and his Benedetto Benny on stage in Brazil!

Remember, if you have any photos to share with us with your “Benedetto On Stage,” we would love to share them!

Send them to ktait@benedettoguitars.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAT MARTINO!

Howard, Pat, BobVery Happy Birthday to Pat Martino! Pat continues to inspire generations of jazz guitarists with his worldwide performances and continuing record releases! Thanks for being part of the the Benedetto Players family!

S2279 PatMartinoBLK_FV4_Spec18_BB_081815Currently, we have one of his Pat Martino Signature Model guitars available for immediate purchase on Bob’s Boutique…just added yesterday!

This guitar is built exactly to the legendary guitarist’s exact specifications. Carved maple top, chambered mahogany body, 24-5/8 scale, 1-11/16 nut, tune-o-matic bridge, A6 pickups, and more! See the full spec page HERE.

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS…

S2284 Benny (Ben-Bino) Limon-Cello_FV5_JamesAnthonyPecchia_081815When life gives you lemons, you make a guitar with a lemon-cello (limoncello) finish!

This custom order chambered solid body guitar was built for seasoned player/TV personality/record producer/composer James Anthony in Ontario, Canada.

It’s essentially Pat Martino body depth with beveled upper bout, Benny pickups and wiring configuration, and Bambino Deluxe sound holes! It has a flamed maple carved top, and a figured mahogany body and neck. Light weight, comfortable, and highly versatile.

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Bob Benedetto – Entrepreneur…Innovator…Luthier

Bob in Guitar Con MagThis interview was published in Guitar Connoisseur Magazine. It’s a great look at Bob’s career and personality!

Read the full article by clicking HERE.

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