A special crew of friends from Hilton Head’s Tide Pointe community came all the way to Savannah for a tour of Benedetto last week. They are all big jazz fans and often hear Howard Paul perform when in Hilton Head. The celebrity guests are: on the top row, second from right is Joe Pass’ brother Dr. Nick Passelli, and seated far left Betty Fowlkes, longtime Jazz Party hostess. Great questions and comments from these very experienced and accomplished retirees!!!
Benedetto Player David O’Rourke performing on his custom Benny model during a memorial concert for late piano great George Mesterhazy. George was a masterful pianist and arranger, but also loved guitars and actually attended a Benedetto guitar making workshop! Photo by Frank Scott Photography.
Benedetto Player and longtime friend Joe Negri celebrated his 90th Birthday last week in Pittsburgh, PA. One of America’s greatest bebop guitarists, Joe has dedicated his life to performing at the very highest level while educating generations of musicians through programs at Duquesne, Pitt, and Carnegie Mellon universities for decades. He still actively records, arranges, and performs regularly throughout the city. Thanks Joe for the photos!
This is one of the most exciting guitars we produced recently: Custom ordered 16B size but featuring a light Antiqueburst finish on a Florentine cutaway body, traditional bound F-holes, our Fratello inlay on the fingerboard, and a B6 pickup. This looks and feels wonderfully traditional, but is acoustically powerful and projective with a stunning electric warmth and responsiveness. We’ve kept the 16B deluxe binding package, tailpiece and Gotoh tuners on this one. Sold and shipped to very savvy customer in Massachusetts, but we’re going to offer a limited number of these models built to order ($13.5K).
GIG FOOT SIGHTING IN CHARLESTON, SC! And, who knew he had a penchant for the finest jazz guitar around?!
Thanks for the photo and the laugh, Chad!
Wishing all of you “daddios” out there a very Happy Father’s Day!
This custom 16-B is ALMOST done and ready for its close-up by our very talented in-house photographer, Stephanie Ward. But, we just couldn’t resist sharing this shot from the back of the shop now!
More to come of this beauty featuring a non-standard florentine cutaway and stylized block inlays you would typically find on our Fratello model. Stay tuned!
Flashback 34 years…Bob at his Kapp Drive, Clearwater, Florida shop.
This brand new Cherry GA-35 model was built for our Bob’s Boutique! This is our FIRST cherry finish on this model of guitar. Featuring a carved highly flamed maple top and chambored mahogany body, two Benedetto A6 pickup, tune-o-matic bridge, 25″ scale x 1-11/16″ nut, 1-5/8″ body depth and 22 frets. This model has our floral inlay at the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19 & 21th frets, and gold hardware.
Available for immediate purchase for $6500 including deluxe hardshell case.
Photography by Stephanie Ward