Below is a letter from BG CEO/PRES, Howard Paul that was included in our monthly newsletter (sign up at the top of our homepage):
PAT MARTINO is an iconic jazz guitarist by any standard. His name adorns the top of the most elite list of jazz guitarists in history, with the likes of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt, Jim Hall, Barney Kessel, Grant Green, Charlie Christian. His technique, percussive attack, and intuitive blues sensibility represent an authenticity that influences generations of followers and inspired perhaps all of today’s most popular jazz icons.
We’ve been associated with Pat for the last ten years or so, and one of our most popular Professional Series guitars is the Pat Martino model. Today, some of our most important Benedetto Players play Pat’s model, including Barry Greene, Dan Wilson, Solomon Hicks, Corey Christiansen, Shawn Purcell, and Clint Strong.
In the last few years, Pat’s health has failed, keeping him from touring or recording. He’s been entirely home bound since the Covid crisis started, with chronic lung issues. We’re proud that the guitar community has raised over $200,000 in a GoFundMe program to help Pat remain at his childhood home in South Philadelphia.
We are currently working on two important Pat Martino projects. The first is making available a beautiful one-off Pat Martino Model in Autumnburst with flame maple binding and gold hardware. This instrument is currently available for bidding on Reverb.com where we hope to make up to $50,000, all of which will be donated to Pat’s GoFundMe account.
Secondly, we are participating in a unique Pat Martino Guitar Summit Livestream Event honoring Pat with his compositions performed by a dozen of the top jazz guitarist on the scene (including Artists Dave Stryker, Paul Bollenback, and yours truly). We hope you’ll click the link above and sign up to watch this March 20 event and donate generously!
Finally, we want you to know that Pat Martino receives a significant percentage of every Pat Martino Model sold by Benedetto Guitars! Our current lead time is approximately 7-months from the placement of the order. Order one now in time to practice your holiday jazz repertoire while channeling Pat Martino! Thanks for helping us celebrate that contributions this legendary artist and extraordinary human!