Damon Mailand settles into his newly refurbished office at Benedetto Guitars

Bob Benedetto’s longtime apprentice, Master Luthier Damon Mailand got an office maker-over this week.  His role of training our luthier staff, carving magnificent arch tops at Bob’s personal workbench, and providing the quality control required a little extra space and some new furniture!

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Bob Benedetto and Katie Tait sharing a glass of wine in Bob’s kitchen during a recent trip to Ocala.

Wow!  What a true honor to be working as the Director of Marketing for Benedetto Guitars!  I have been a Savannah resident for thirteen years, most of which were spent in marketing at the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). While there, I had the privilege of working with Bob, Cindy, and Howard on “Project Archtop” in 2006, assisting in the location of Benedetto Guitars, Inc. to their present location in Savannah, Georgia.  Even my then four-year-old daughter, Sophie, got into the mix!  I was hooked and became a lifelong admirer of their exceptional craftsmanship.

Sophie and Bob
Sophie and Bob

Bob, Cindy, and Howard are the best of people, and I can’t thank them enough for this extraordinary opportunity to be a part of their family. I’m so glad to be back!

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Cindy Benedetto smiley face 1-31-15Tonight, Jan. 31, 2015, is my final post for Benedetto Guitars NEWS. We welcome Katie Tait as the new Marketing Director who will be doing the NEWS as of Feb. 1, 2015! She is amazing, smart, and knows how to do Instagram and what the meaning of meta is…all very helpful in this super-cyber age! Please email her at – she’s anxious to hear from you all!

Katie Tait and Cindy Benedetto Ocala FL 1-30-15benedetto amps newsflash! by Cindy BenedettoI am now the Marketing Director for Benedetto Amps, a partnership with Bob and Bill Neale, and will be busy posting for our NEWSFLASH! column.  I also plan on starting an Archival Benedetto website so please stay in touch with me at with your letters and photos…otherwise I would have withdrawal! I’ll still be around and hope you stay in touch! Thank you! Cindy Benedetto

Katie, welcome aboard! :-)

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Jack Wilkins with Cindy Benedetto (l) and friend Andrea East Stroudsburg PA 1992Flashback Friday to April 1992 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania – a visit from Benedetto Player (since 1988!) Jack Wilkins with his friend Andrea (r) and Cindy Benedetto. (photo by Bob Benedetto!)

Jack plays his 1988 Fratello model archtop

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Luthier Mark Saylor fitting pickup ring on S2233 Bambino Elite 1-26-15 Luthier Mark Saylor hand fitting the ebony pickup ring on a custom Opulent Brown Bambino Elite archtop.

Benedetto Guitars Savannah GA photo by Stephanie Ward 1-26-15


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Luthier Phillip Archibald sharpens chisels Dec 2014 Benedetto Guitars Savannah GA Luthier Phillip Archibald sharpens chisels in White Wood, Benedetto Guitars, Savannah GA

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Benedetto black Bravo S2196 from Bob's Boutique

Black BRAVO S2196 sold 1-26-15

Make sure we don’t mark SOLD on your guitar from Bob’s Boutique!

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Arch Art -Benedetto 40th Anniv Prototype at home ofArchitect Norbert Jansen DusseldorfArchitect Norbert JansenNorbert Jansen friend's Joep van Leeuwen with 40th prototype Sept 2014Dusseldorf Germany 2014How perfect to have a world-class Architect decorate with his collection of Benedetto Archtops…Benedetto 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Bambino Prototype (the only one finished in the Georgia peach shade) at Norbert Jansen‘s exquisitely decorated home in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Also shown: Norbert’s friend Joep van Leeuwen with the 40th Anniversary guitar (He loves this B-Guitar!!!!)

HGTV Benedetto Guitars Decor (BGD!) here we come?

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unf-logoOne of many fantastic videos by very prolific Benedetto Player/UNF Jazz Guitar Professor (Extraordinaire) Barry Greene. Barry and Howad Paul conduct a Jazz Guitar seminar at UNF Feb. 9, 2015 - mark your calendars!

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Miner Benedetto Wine post Winter NAMM 2015 Post Winter NAMM Show 2015 celebration!

Miner Benedetto Signature Cabernet Sauvignon courtesy Miner Wines

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