Bob's-Boutique-Oct-2015Then you’ll love what we have waiting for you — each of these guitars is ready for immediate delivery, just visit Bob’s Boutique for more details on each model. From left to right, the Opulent Brown Americana, Natural Finish “Bamboono,” Claret Bravo Deluxe, and the Golden Period Tenor Guitar.

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HP BG at Clemson Jazz Fest Oct 2015Benedetto Prez/CEO Howard Paul and Benedetto player Barry Greene kicked off the Clemson Jazz Guitar Festival on Thursday evening, followed by performances by Bert Ligon, Monty Craig, Andy Page, Craig Wagner, Jim Mings, and Rick Praytor.

Clemson Jazz Guitar Festival Oct 2015Howard kicked off Friday morning with his seminar on the History & Architecture of Jazz Guitar.

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Flashback Friday goes back nearly 20 years to November 1996 for the Smithsonian’s iconic exhibit. Bob Benedetto shown here demonstrating how a guitar is made to some aspiring luthiers!

The Smithsonian Institution’s November 1996 exhibit: ELECTRIFIED, AMPLIFIED & DEIFIED: The Electric Guitar, Its Makers and Its Players

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Rodney JonesHoward Paul recently had great visit with Rodney Jones at Juilliard in NY. Rodney’s one the world’s great jazz guitarists, and in addition to his extensive background in television, theater and studio recording, he’s on the faculty at both Juilliard and The Manhattan Conservatory of Music. Wow!

We are proud to announce he will soon join our family as the newest Benedetto Player once we complete his Bambino Deluxe!


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WMIJGCThe finale of the Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition was held this Saturday, October 10, in New York City, and the talent was beyond impressive! In the end, it was Pasquale Grasso, who came out on top. He’s photographed here with his grand prize, a Pat Martino Signature Model Benedetto guitar alongside (LtoR) Howard Paul, Mark Whitfield, Pat Martino, and competing finalists Roland Balogh, Michael Valeanu, and Dan Wilson (Lucian Gray not pictured).

Pasquale was born in Italy and began guitar at a very young age.  His principle instruction was with Chuck Wayne’s student and jazz guitar innovator, Agostino Di Giorgio.  Another extraordinary influence in Grasso’s career has been bebop piano master and world-renowned jazz educator, Barry Harris.

In 2008, Pasquale pursued classical guitar studies in the Music Conservatory of Bologna under Professor Walter Zanetti. During his time at the conservatory, Grasso developed a new approach to the guitar, combining classical tradition with Chuck Wayne’s modern technique.

In 2012, Grasso moved to New York City and quickly made a name for himself in the city’s vibrant jazz scene. Grasso became part of the Ari Roland Quartet and the Chris Byars Quartet, performing in clubs, music festivals and recording in the studio regularly. Later that year, Pasquale was named a Jazz Ambassador with the US Embassy, going on to tour extensively across Europe, Kuwait, Kazakstan, Cyprus, Lithuania, and Ukraine, among others.

Despite his young age, Grasso has performed with many leading musicians of the international jazz scene such as: Barry Harris, Charles Davis, Freddie Redd, Frank Wess, Leroy Wiliams, Ray Drummond, Murray Wall, Steve Grossman,Tardo Hammer, Jimmy Wormworth, John Mosca, Sacha Perry, Ari Roland, Luigi Grasso, Chris Byars, Zaid Nasser, Bucky Pizzarelli, China Moses, Harry Allen Quartet, Grant Stewart, Stepko Gut, Nicolas Dary, Dado Moroni, Agostino di Giorgio, Michel Pastre Big Band, Gianni Basso Big Band, Joe Cohn, Oscar Zenari, Luca Pisani.

All in all, it was an evening of stunning performances!

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Clemson Guitar FestivalBenedetto Friends! If you’re in the area, don’t forget the First Annual Clemson Jazz Guitar Festival, October 15-16, 2015, in Clemson, South Carolina.

Clemson University‘s Monty Craig is putting together a terrific weekend of masterclasses, workshops, recitals and performances that include a number of Benedetto players and owners: Bert, Ligon, L.H. Dickert, Jerry Sims, Steve Watson, and our own Howard Paul and UNF Professor/Benedetto Player Barry Greene. Howard will have a few extra Benedettos on hand to demo throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss it!!!

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S2298 BravoDlxDeepClaret(BB)_FV5_100915We’re sneaking this red beauty into Bob’s Boutique hot on the heels of the Bamboono we made available last week! 16″ x 2-1/2″ with 25″ scale and 1-3/4″ nut, B6 pickup, maple neck, laminated back, solid sides and a laminated spruce top with a non-standard Claret finish — a gorgeous dark red, similar to wine (which we love as you know)! $6500 includes hard shell case.

Contact Jared at or 912.692.1400 to purchase.

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S2299 BambinoAB_FC4_TimothyLehiPeters_100615This antiqueburst Bambino is en route to California – we shipped it out this week! This model guitar is lightweight and compact with a 14-½” making it easily manageable when traveling. It features a laminated maple top and back, a maple neck shaped for playing comfort as only a Benedetto can be. With two chrome plated Benedetto A–6 pickups, it’s all you’ll ever need!

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S2301 Bamboono(BB)_FV3_100915Available NOW in Bob’s Boutique and we expect this one to go quickly!!! Custom Bambino Deluxe with a bamboo top and faceplate on the headstock. We call it the “Bamboono!” Maple veneers for back and sides, solid maple neck all in our espresso finish with a natural finish on top to highlight the uniqueness of the bamboo. Modern sound holes, gold hardware, A-6 pickup and deluxe binding.

Ready for immediate shipment for $5,750, includes a hardshell case.

Contact Jared at or (912) 692-1400 to purchase.

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Benedetto Player Andreas Varady at the Festival Tzigane a’ Tjibaou 2011 with his Cinnamon Pearl Bambino Deluxe.

Photo by latourinfernal via flickr from the exotic locale of New Caledonia.

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