Benedetto News

NEW TO BOB’S BOUTIQUE!

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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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TWO YEARS TOO MANY

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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

 

MEET ME IN MEMPHIS

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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.

BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST

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After a day of travel, we are back in Savannah, returning from BottleRock 2015. We had a great time, met a lot of new people, and hopefully sold a couple of guitars in the process. This was definitely a great “stage” for Benedetto to show off a few of our models and raise awareness of our brand.

IMG_3513A couple of notable people to join us in the Minery Family Winery tent was Stanley Mouse, who tried out our 16-B. Stanley is the famed concert poster artist from the 60’s, most notable for his psychedelic poster designs for Grateful Dead and Journey albums cover art.

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We were also visited by Tristan Prettyman, one of Dave Miner’s close friends and a performer on the Miner stage. Here she is with Dave demoing our custom 16-B, but we think she has a special affinity for the GA-35!

GET SCHOOLED BY BARRY GREENE

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BarryGreeneBravoBenedetto player, Barry Greene, has just made available online a full transcription of his improvised solo on F blues. Also included is a 15-minute intro segment that provides an overview of the chord scale relationships and reharmonization techniques used. The PDF outlines notes on the substitutions and chord scales used, as well. An amazing lesson!

Barry is a Professor of Jazz Guitar at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville where he has taught since 1995.

BOTTLEROCK-ING WITH MINER WINES

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BottleRock 2015 is underway, and our good friends/partners at Miner Family Vineyards is a major sponsor this year, as they have been in the past.  This provided Benedetto the opportunity to display/demo several of our guitar models, including the Bravo, GA-35, Pat Martino, Howard Paul’s custom 16-B, and Dave Miner’s 7-string Vinedetto. If you’re in the area, come by and see us! We’ll be here throughout the music festival, which goes through Sunday.

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ENCORE! OUR SECOND BRAVO IN A WEEK

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S2267 BravoDlxNat_FC3_EricCorbett_051915Last week was very busy in Final Assembly! We also delivered this Bravo Deluxe to Southbridge, MA. A very customized model, this guitar features gorgeous Koa Binding, a lovely natural blonde finish, highly flamed back, sides and neck, a B6 pickup, and our inlayed abalone logo on the headstock.

Elegance and performance in a 16″ x 2-1/2″ laminated workhorse guitar!

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