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Benedetto Player Chris Standring just created this new Facebook page for his amazing “The Inside Track” lesson site. Check it out!

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We are excited to welcome our newest Benedetto player to the line-up, Mr. Knut Richter!   Knut was born and raised in a German family where music was actively cultivated. Besides playing instruments, the family’s home was regularly filled with music from the likes of Paul Kuhn, Milt Buckner, Bert Kämpfert, Hugo Strasser, Joe Pass and Django Reinhardt.

Read Knut’s full biography HERE.

Welcome to the family, Knut!  You represent Benedetto well.

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Jim FoxBenedetto player Jim Fox tours the world and records with Frank Sinatra, Jr. This past week, Jim performed on his Custom Benedetto 16-B at the Library of Congress.

This will be a very busy year for Jim as the world celebrates the 100th birthday year of ol blue eyes, Frank Sinatra!

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S2263 BravoOB_Lbl4_JohnShell_040715We couldn’t resist making making this guitar into what sounds like a dessert, but it is OH so sweet!  After months of waiting, this opulent brown (the official name of this finish, not chocolate) Benedetto Bravo just shipped out to what we anticipate will soon be a very happy customer in Granada Hills, California.

The Bravo was designed to gratify the player’s need for a tastefully–detailed, rich and full–sounding thin–body that they could travel with—the next generation archtop guitar. It utilizes lightweight laminated spruce top and flamed maple back construction. The Bravo features a flamed maple neck, gorgeous abalone floral inlay at the 12th fret and the Benedetto B-6 pickup. Crafted for the player who has longed to express himself or herself on an instrument of the highest order, there simply is no substitute for the Benedetto pedigree.

Hear an audio sample of the Bravo below:

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Kristi Jerry Howard

This week, Howard Paul joined Benedetto Guitars Board Member Jerry Sims in Columbia, South Carolina for a Thursday evening gig at Travinia restaurant. Jerry owns an extensive collection of archtop guitars, including a Benedetto Manhattan 7-string and a Bravo 7-string, which he played here. Together with Kristi Hood on vocals, the trio provided a spectacular evening of jazz!

See a video clip by clicking HERE.

Jerry is the President of Sims Music Inc. and has owned and operated the leading full service music store in South Carolina since 1979. A nationally renowned music educator and published author, he earned a music degree in Guitar Performance from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music.

Thanks for inviting us to Columbia, Jerry!


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Benedetto Kids

Flashing back this Friday to two of our honorary Benedetto Guitars luthiers!

A young(er) Andy (son of Howard Paul) and Sophie (daughter of Marketing Director Katie Tait) spending some quality time in the shop learning the trade from Bob Benedetto in 2007.

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2015JASquare200x200What is Jazz April 2015? It’s a shorthand way to say “April is Jazz Month” and to tie together the Smithsonian’s annual celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in April and International Jazz Day on April 30. The Jazz Journalists Association began its JazzApril project in 2012 to celebrate and promote both JAM and IJD. Benedetto Guitars applauds their efforts, and we encourage you to visit their website to see how you can help further their goal to:

  • raise the profile of jazz in the media, especially local media

  • reach out to people who aren’t already part of the jazz audience and share the music and its history

  • strengthen local, national and international jazz NETWORKS

  • give some props to the people who keep jazz alive locally via the JJA’s Jazz Hero awards.


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Benedetto has always been a big supporter of the Coastal Jazz Association, an organization that plays a vital role in the development and legacy of jazz music in Savannah. This year’s Third Annual CJA Golf Tournament is a great way to contribute in a FUN way!  The tournament will be followed by a special fundraising dinner with awards, raffles, silent and live auctions, and dancing to Bob Paredi’s Savannah Stompers Dixieland Band with vocalist Jane Ogle!

If you’re not a golfer, you can still support Coastal Jazz Association (CJA) by attending the dinner.
Golf with dinner and dancing is $125 each for Landings Club members and $150 each for non-members. It is open to men and women of all ages and will be a shotgun start with a scramble format, starting at 1:30pm. For dinner and dancing only the cost is $50 each. Register online now.

Additionally, CJA is seeking Golf Tournament Sponsors, Hole Sponsors, gift donors for the raffle and auctions, as well as advertisers for the event program which will also contain appropriate acknowledgements of all donors. If you’re interested, download the CJA sponsorship package.

Please consider making a contribution. Your support of the Third Annual CJA Golf Tournament benefits The First Tee of Savannah and helps Coastal Jazz Association fulfill its mission to keep jazz alive in Savannah.

Contact CJA for more information.

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cudenverBenedetto CEO Howard Paul will conduct a “Jazz Guitar History, Architecture and Performance” workshop at University of Colorado Denver, Arts Building 282, on Friday, April 24 from 8:30AM – 10:50AM. Open to the public.

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Last week, Benedetto had some special visitors to our shop — a group of bright high school students who study guitar from the Alexandria, VA area. Pictured at the far left, the West Potomac Guitar Program director, Rosemary Gano, created this program ten years ago, which now consists of three levels of class guitar and the Wolverine Guitar Ensemble.

The West Potomac Guitar Program is focused on helping young guitarists develop musicianship and confidence with a variety of large ensemble, small group and solo performance opportunities.  The program is well known for their travel adventures with the goal of visiting every major musical sight in the US.

We are proud Benedetto was selected as one of their destinations!

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