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FLASHBACK FRIDAY – BENEDETTO PLAYERS

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Benedetto Players Savannah 2004 Concert JJG AdIn 2004, all five of these great guitarists performed as the Benedetto Players as part of the celebrated Savannah Music Festival. The 2016 festival is currently underway.

The line-up (as you can see from this Ad in Just Jazz Guitar‘s Feb. 2004 issue) was, well, the best! Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden and Martin Taylor. Talk about “Take Five”!

LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN!

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Tim Jackson March 2016People come from all over the world to experience the Savannah Music Festival, which is taking place now all over downtown historic Savannah. Wonderful tour of Benedetto with Tim & Lori Jackson from Santa Cruz, California. Tim founded Kuumbwa Jazz 41 years ago and has headed the Monterey Jazz Festival for 26 years!

Thrilled they are visitors to the Savannah Music Festival and were able to stop by to catch up!

UPSCALE LIVING

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Upscale LivingThis photo layout appears in the magazine Upscale Living (Issue 38 2016). The two guitars featured (selected from dozens of photos we submitted) are Pres/CEO Howard Paul’s Custom 16B, and vintner Dave Miner’s Vinodetto Series Cremona. You can check out the full online version of the mag HERE.

SIGN US UP!

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Damon Bob Guitar Signing Ocala 3-25-16 016 with Romero guitarOur Master Luthier Damon Mailand met with the legendary Bob Benedetto last week for guitar inspection and his “signature service,” the signing and personalization of headstocks.

Damon even had Benedetto Player Romero Lubambo’s new guitar in tow, and it’s a beauty!

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OUT OF LEFT FIELD

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S2316 AmericanaOB LH_FH3_MarkBroome_032316One of our rare lefties, this beautiful Americana Model features a custom opulent brown Cedar hand carved top, Mahogany back, sides, and neck, black hardware, and a B6 pickup. This one is on its way to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Photos by Stephanie Ward.

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SHE’S A BEAUT!

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S2333 AmericanaOB_FF4_MikiMusical_031716This incredibly rich Opulent Brown Americana model is just now complete and shipping to our friends at Miki Gakki Music in Japan. Our most affordable 17″ hand carved archtop features European tonewoods, deluxe binding, built-in A6 pickup with parallel bracing (floating pickup not optional on this model), 1-3/4″ nut with 25″ scale, Gotoh tuners and all ebony appointments.

Want one??? Available to order with about an eight-month lead time. $11K including case.

Photos by Stephanie Ward.

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HE GETS AROUND!

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12049347_1337225292970526_4466084120808106505_nHoward Paul is tearing up the road, spreading the knowledge on the history and architecture of the archtop guitar. And, the highlight for the students is getting their hands on a Benedetto!

Pictured here are the students of guitar great Craig Wagner at the University of Louisville!

STRYKE A POSE!

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IU with Dave StrykerHoward Paul conducted a workshop this week on archtop guitar history and architecture for Benedetto Player/Professor Dave Stryker (second from the left) and students and faculty at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

GUITAR TETRIS

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12422153_10208350688222241_1462590028_oTen years of Army logistics and the occasional round of Tetris in college go a long way for Howard Paul when he’s on the road for Benedetto!

The oh-so glamorous side of the business is always checking in and out of hotels, because you can’t leave them in the car to be exposed to temperature fluctuations!

MORE NOTES

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Notes Columbus OH March 2016We just had to share this great shot from Howard’s recent travels. This was taken at Notes in Columbus, OH, where Howard performed with other Benedetto players. Artists included: Chris Buzzelli, Doug Richeson (bass), Howard Paul, Jim Rupp (drums), Doug Neel and Tim Cummiskey. Thanks, Doug Neel, for this great photo!

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