Jack Harris

Long time friend and Benedetto player Dr. Jack Harris stopped by our shop for a visit yesterday afternoon. We caught a photo of Jack with our Master Luthier Damon Mailand, who’s completing the body of a rare nylon string floral sound hole 16B/Sinfonietta.

Listen to a demo of our Sinfonietta below:

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16B specThis gorgeous 16-B Antiqueburst (front & back) is getting its proper clear nitrocellulose lacquer drying-time before lining up in the buffing room. This instrument is not-yet-spoken-for and will go into Bob’s Boutique as soon as its complete, which we expect to be in the next two to three weeks.

Hear an audio sample of our 16-B below:

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AV inWe are so happy to see Andreas Varady and his Bambino Deluxe Custom performing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s most AV in Germanyprominent musicians! Here he is on stage with violin great Roby Lakatos and the incomparable Bireli Lagrene in a concert in Germany.

Photos by Andreas/Beata Varady

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TedxTCCThe 2015 TEDxCreativeCoast line-up has been announced for its May speaker series, and we are honored that our President, Howard Paul, been included in the line-up to explore the theme “Balancing Act.”

In his bio, TEDx states:

Howard Paul strikes an exhausting balance between performances, lectures, recordings, and running the day-to-day business as President/CEO of internationally renowned Benedetto Guitars, located in Savannah, GA since 2006. He’s performed extensively with guitar legends including Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden and small groups with Grammy winners Tom Scott, Mark Egan, Bob James, and with Tony Monaco, Don Braden, and many others. He’s a 2011 inductee of the Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame. His most recent CD releases is Tony Monaco & Howard Paul – New Adventures 2014. He is married to attorney/clarinetist Patty Paul and has a 17-year old son, Andy.

To learn more about this event, click HERE.  Or, just click HERE to get your tickets!

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Get creative! Recently, Howard traveled to the UK, and given the small jet for one leg, he was pretty much guaranteed to be declined access with the Gigbag due to small overhead compartments. But he didn’t want to haul a Calton through the streets of London. Solution is a gigbag in the luggage!

Traveling with a guitar is a challenge, though many airlines are taking steps to make it less cumbersome and safer for our instruments. Here are some tips Benedetto President Howard Paul has picked up along the way:

  • Board early. Use the same airline to earn Frequent Flyer status, you will be permitted early boarding.  Until you have acquired this status, you can purchase the option to board early. This will help to ensure have overhead space.
  • Make sure you know what kind of aircraft you’re on.  If even one of the legs of the trip is a CJA (regional jet), whose overhead space cannot accommodate a guitar, don’t bring a gig bag.  If the planes are all bigger, consider not even bringing a flight case, just a leather bag.
  • Allow ample connection time. If you can’t bring your guitar on the plane, you will not be able to leave the gate until your guitar is brought up, and now you run the risk being last aboard the next flight.
  • Check all of your clothes and carry your guitar.   The airline will stop you if you exceed the carry-on allowance of one bag, but not the size requirement of a guitar.
  • Always dress nicely and treat the gate agents politely. Ask the crew to give final approval even if the gate agents try to block you into valet checking.  They don’t really know how full the overhead space is, because they’re not on the plane.
  • Let them make the call.  When boarding, ask the attendant at the door if they’d prefer the case go in the overhead or in a closet.

If you can’t bring your guitar on or to the plane with you, don’t get too overwrought about it.  The Calton Cases Benedetto uses are certainly robust enough to handle the luggage compartment, and your guitar will be fine!

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TomVanHoosewithNonCutawayCirca1993There are few limits to the custom work Benedetto has done and can still do.  You dream it, and we’ll build it! Here, circa 1993, Dr. Thomas Van Hoose holds a rare non-cutaway 18” Benedetto.  

Dr. Van Hoose is a world renowned expert and collector of vintage guitars.

His expertise in the history, assessment and valuation of vintage instruments is highly regarded among collectors worldwide.

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DNeelBenedetto Artist Doug Neel is an Instructor of Jazz/Contemporary Guitar at Capital University- Conservatory of Music, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, and the Univ. of Findlay, Ohio. His extraordinary talent makes his recent addition as one of only thirteen featured jazz guitarists by Jazz Columbus well deserved. In the nation’s 15th largest city, to make this short list is worthy of a back pat!

In an interview Jazz Columbus conducted with him a couple of weeks ago, when asked what inspires him about the Columbus jazz scene, Doug stated:

“As I talk to musicians all throughout the city, it really seems as though everyone is always working on something new! Be it a new band/project, some fresh arrangements, original compositions, or forthcoming albums, Columbus really seems to foster a music culture that is not content with “sitting still,” so to speak. There are so many amazing musicians doing beautiful things that one can’t help but get inspired and motivated to create something special.”

To read the full interview, click HERE.

Congrats, Doug!

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bambinodeluxe-gb-lg1Back in 2010, we produced this spectacular Green Blaze Bambino Deluxe with a lucky abalone shamrock inlaid on the ebony tailpiece. This was a one-off guitar that jumped right out of its flame maple top. The back of the headstock is personally signed by Robert Benedetto, but a leprechaun inspired Bob to sign the inside label “Bob McBenedetto.”


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image Photo (L to R): Howard Paul, Bob Masteller, Jimmy Bruno, Bob Benedetto at the Jazz Corner, 1996.

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear friend, Bob Masteller. For the last 16 years, Bob was dedicated to establishing one of the world’s premier jazz clubs, The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and preserving the music that is so beloved by all of us. He was a constant inspiration for us to be the best ambassadors of jazz music and to maintain the highest degree of professionalism on and off the stage.
Our hearts go out to his family, who could not have expressed any better just how special a man Bob was to so many of us:

We are profoundly touched by the outpouring of love and support for our family during this very difficult time and are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our beloved Bob.

He lived life as a devoted husband, father and friend to all. He lived a life of kindness, vision and love. He lived a life built around nurturing countless musicians and individuals young and old with his passion for music. For over 40 years, Bob was dedicated to and loved the Lowcountry community, helping to build what is now modern Hilton Head Island.

It is our sincere hope that he will be remembered for how he lived.

His legacy lives on through the numerous lives he touched in such a tangible and positive way. He is deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed.

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imageRoad trip!!!  This Friday, Professor L.H. Dickert and the very talented crew from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, paid us a visit for a little learning and a lot of fun! Great learning experience and a chance to play some beautiful guitars.

We just LOVE to host university students and faculty, and this Winthrop group was no exception.

Thanks for visiting Benedetto!

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