WMWes Montgomery is arguably the most important and influential guitarist in modern Jazz History. In the span of his tragically short yet prolific recording career, Montgomery paved the way for generations of improvisational guitarists.

Now, Resonance Records is teaming up with Indaba Music in search of this generation’s next great jazz guitarist.

Entry details are as follows:

    • Contestants must be between the ages of 14 and 33
    • Applicants must provide three audio samples of their performance – selections must contain a cover of one of the Wes Montgomery songs provided in the playlist, and 2 additional songs (see creative brief for full details)
    • Total performance time for all three submissions combined should not exceed 10 minutes

The contest will culminate with a concert at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City on October 10, featuring guitar great Pat Martino, where 5 finalists will compete and winners will also be announced. The judges will include Pat Martino, journalist Bill Milkowski, WBGO Radio Music Director Gary Walker, Jazz producer/historian Todd Barkan, Robert Montgomery, son of Wes Montgomery, and George Klabin, Founder of Rising Jazz Stars/Resonance Records.

The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize and a Benedetto Pat Martino Signature Model guitar!!!

CLICK HERE to submit a Wes Montgomery guitar cover and two recordings for a chance to play live in NYC.

Help us find this generation’s next guitar great!

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This beautiful black Pat Martino Signature Model is headed to Spain!

This guitar model took nearly a year of collaboration between Bob and Pat to develop the perfect instrument for Pat to use every single day on the road, in the studio, while conducting clinics, and while composing new music and revisiting the classics. A very light weight, chambered mahogany body, carved maple top, fast ebony fingerboard, and two A6 Benedetto pickups with dual volume and tone controls, make this instrument specific to Pat’s exacting needs: all without losing the Benedetto pedigree, uncompromising workmanship, and unmatched balance and tonal performance. Available with Pat’s signature inlaid on the fingerrest, Pat’s famously heavy-gauge strings, and this one in one of his favorite finishes – Black on Black.
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S2265 BravoDlxVB_FV2_EspenSteffensen_040915This elegant Violinburst Bravo Deluxe is on its way to Norway! 16″ x 2-1/2″ lower bout, laminated spruce top and maple back with solid maple sides, deluxe binding package, B6 pickup, gold Gotoh tuners, and our extraordinary 1-3/4″ x 25″ scale neck.

Our current lead time is about 8 months.

Photography by Stephanie Ward.

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Bucky and BenFLASHBACK FRIDAY to Bucky Pizzarelli and the late great Ben Tucker pre-concert at Miner Winery‘s 2010 Benedetto Wine Release party.

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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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WM1Benedetto Guitars is VERY EXCITED to announce our participation in the upcoming Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition sponsored by Resonance Records.

Benedetto Player Pat Martino will be participating, and the grand prize winner will receive a Benedetto Pat Martino Model during their selection and live NYC performance with Pat’s trio backing them.

Stay tuned for application and voting details to be released in coming days, and visit for information about their new Wes Montgomery CD release!!!

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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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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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