After 45 years as a storied career as a master guitarmaker, Robert Benedetto is recognized as the preeminent archtop luthier.
His reputation rests on the remarkably high esteem in which it is held by the most critically-demanding audience for any luthier: the professional player.
Benedetto Guitars have been played by three generations of jazz masters including Bucky Pizzarelli, Johnny Smith, Kenny Burrell, Joe Diorio, Martin Taylor, Chuck Wayne, Cal Collins, Jack Wilkins, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, and Jimmy Bruno. More recent Players include Dan Faehnle, Andreas Varady, Joe Negri, Chico Pinheiro, Andreas Oberg and Pat Martino.
In 1992 Benedetto became the first ever to offer an archtop guitar making course. In 1994 he published his landmark book “Making An Archtop Guitar”, followed in 1996 with his instructional DVD “Archtop Guitar Design & Construction”. Soon after, he published full-scale blueprints of a 17″ Benedetto archtop guitar.
His guitars appear on countless recordings, videos, and TV and film soundtracks, and have been featured in books, magazines and museums (including the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History), and on concert stages and jazz festivals around the world.
His reputation has grown through partnerships with Guild Guitars and Fender Musical Instruments (he had a Licensing Agreement with FMIC from 1999-2006). Currently he is Chairman of Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, GA where he (with his business partner, Howard Paul, President/CEO) and his talented staff make a full line of archtop guitars.