Augi LoPrinzi Joe Diorio Bob Benedetto NAMM 1979 galleryAugi LoPrinzi, Joe Diorio, and Bob Benedetto at the 1979 NAMM Show in Atlanta.

Check out the lapels on that jacket!

Photo by Art Schmidt.

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S2270 BravoDlx7S AMB_FV3_KennyWunder_060915The Bravo Deluxe 7-String is always going to be beautiful, but this custom order Aquamarineburst finish takes our breath away!

The color is right between our Blueburst and our lovely Emerald Green. All of our finishes are mixed and applied by hand by the keen eye of master finisher Larry Perkins, and the woods can take on different hues. The results are unique and stunning! And, the guitar is a workhorse gigging machine!

Photos by our own Stephanie Ward.

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IMG_3868If you haven’t checked out our Instagram account yet, you need to!  Especially if you enjoy your daily fix of photos of our guitars, the shop, our players, and all other things Benedetto.

We reached a milestone recently, surpassing 800 followers, and we’ve even had our photos shared on other’s pages, garnering over 2,000 “likes” for photos amongst their followers.

We’ve only been at it for about four months now, and in that time, we’ve amassed quite a gallery of photos that you will want to check out!

Click HERE to get to our Instagram account.

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S2255 16B VB_FC4_EdBenson_052115 S2255 16B VB_BC4_EdBenson_052115This 16″ Custom is the culmination of years of collecting and writing about guitars for a special customer (you know him, but we won’t release his name here). After many original D’Angelicos, D’Aquistos, Gibsons, Epiphones, and dozens of other highly collectible instruments, he opted to “downsize” to one perfect instrument for this point in his life.

It’s a 16B body shape with 3″ depth, floating S6 pickup, X-bracing, traditional F-holes, very highly select European maple back and sides, flame maple binding, spruce top, block inlays, violin-style tailpiece, volume wheel under ebony fingerrest, and Gotoh gold 510 tuners. The finish matches the hue of our 45th Anniversary Guitar.

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SAVE THE DATE: Miner/Benedetto Cabernet Release 2015

bottle-benedetto-cab-sauvSAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 15, 2015 for an evening of fine wine and live jazz featuring Howard Alden and Howard Paul.

This annual concert event celebrates the release of the Miner Benedetto Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, a partnership between one of the finest winemakers and guitar makers — Miner Family Wines and Benedetto Guitars!

Tickets are not yet on sale, but as soon as they become available, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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S2258 AmericanaOB_FV3_BB_060415Ever dream of owning an opulent brown Americana? Well, if you can beat everyone who has the same dream, this beauty could be yours! New to Bob’s Boutique, and ready to find its forever home, we introduce this beauty.

The Americana is one of our most affordable carved archtops ever! Designed by Bob specifically to take advantage of our vast inventory of fine musical instrument grade tonewoods, we have produced this master grade model with an extraordinary acoustic voice and perfect amplified qualities. Its unique La Venezia headstock shape, Deluxe binding, singular abalone and pearl inlay on a black faceplate, and hand graduated top and back with one built-in pickup will give the jazz guitarist the ultimate full sized gigging guitar.

Hear a demo of the Americana below:

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Memphis, Benedetto is in the house! Grateful to be able to participate in the Memphis Acoustic Guitar Show, and we’re pretty certain we have a thing (or seven) to show everyone!

If you’re in the area, please stop by to see us!

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gallerywisediorioshumatefox80A quartet of Benedettos! From left to right: Les Wise, Joe Diorio, Ted Shumate, and Mark Fox.

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467555_10151658430638254_1952863797_oIncredibly, it’s only been two years since we lost bass legend and ambassador of both jazz and Savannah – Ben Tucker.

Howard Paul had returned only the previous night from a two-week tour of Europe, and was still jet-lagged when he received a late morning, panicked call from Rob Gibson, Executive Director of the Savannah Music Festival. As we pieced the tragic details of the accident that occurred that morning, we were in disbelief that we could lose our friend and colleague so suddenly and senselessly.  

Two years later, all of us at Benedetto Guitars and Miner Family Wines continue to pay tribute to Ben. We display his photos, listen to his music in IMG_0555our offices, and Howard Paul personally dedicates one of his songs almost every night that he gets on stage.   Throughout the year we are constantly reminded of him as we plan the annual Savannah Jazz Festival, and only two weeks ago we were absolutely charmed as Gloria Tucker, Ben’s widow, jumped up to dance during Howard’s Coastal Jazz concert with the Tony Monaco Trio.

The show goes on, though oftentimes with a heavy heart. Fortunately, we have outstanding bassists to carry the flame, and new community-minded volunteers to help us keep jazz music alive in Savannah.  But, Ben’s mark is indelible as we rely on his legacy of music, philanthropy, goodwill and outsized personality to help us keep moving forward with our shared goal to keep jazz alive and celebrate the American art form that he was so much a part of.

Photo credits: (1) Allison Zielenbach; (2) Mike Oria


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S2231-BambinoDenimBlueBB_FF4_00021715Benedetto-La-Zingara-II-S2135-full-fronttenor-full1Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 11.37.35 AMThis weekend, Benedetto’s Master Luthier Damon Mailand and Sales Director Jared Stubbs are headed to the Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival, where Benedetto will be displaying several of our models, including the three guitars currently available in Bob’s Boutique: the Bambino Denim, the La Zingara II, and the Tenor.  Both the La Zingara and the Tenor are Golden Period Instruments.

So, if you’re in the area, please stop by and visit us and demo some of our guitars — we’ll be there Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7.

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