FOR HE’S THE JOLLY GOOD FELLOW!

From all of us at Benedetto Guitars: Happy Birthday, Bob Benedetto!!!!!

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“EMULATION” IS THE SINCEREST FLATTERY

Well, we certainly got a kick out of this!

Thanks to Benedetto player Beth Marlis (she plays a Bambino Elite) for sharing this ad from Guitar Player Magazine. It turns out Benedetto is included in the 30 preset emulated effects for the XT-1.  Check out the window setting #12 in the Guitar Profiler: “Benedetto Bamb.”

This got Bob and Cindy curious, so they dug around and found this video from Musikmesse 2017. Note the second setting the demonstrator uses at the 11 second mark. How cool?!

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WORKING FOR A BRAVO

Master Luthier Damon Mailand and his team of luthiers are working overtime churning out Bravo Deluxes for Bob’s Boutique!

This Bravo Deluxe has a non-stand “light” antiqueburst finish, but like the rest is a 16″ x 2-1/2″ laminated spruce top, maple back and solid sides, 1-3/4″ nut, 25″scale, B6 pickup and all ebony appointments from the tuning buttons to the tailpiece.

Contact us for more information about this guitar.

Price: $6,500 (+ S&H), includes hardshell case.

Photos by Stephanie Ward.

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LUTHIER PROFILE: MEET TAYLOR

In January 2017, Taylor Powell came to us from his home in Western Michigan, joining our whitewood neck department.

A longtime musician, Taylor began his professional journey into the musical world in 2010.  He studied education at Muskegon Community College while performing as a percussionist in the Wind Ensemble. From 2013-2015, Taylor worked with Meyer Music assisting the Instrument Repair Technician. In 2014, Taylor received his Journeyman Program Certification from Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair.

Read more about Taylor and all our luthiers HERE.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HOWARD ALDEN!

Wishing long-time (twenty-six years!) Benedetto Artist Howard Alden a very happy birthday. Howard has been playing with us since 1992, and we’re sure for many more. He has only improved with age!!!

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VOTE FOR CHRIS!

A message from Benedetto Artist Chris Standring:

“Grammy voting time is right around the corner. Should you be a voting member, please consider my 2018 album Sunlight, featuring Bob James and Mica Paris – in the pop instrumental category. Would so appreciate the love!
Take a listen here…”

Follow Chris on Facebook!

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RODNEY AND CHICO, A DYNAMIC DUO!

A big THANK YOU to this dynamic duo, Benedetto Artists Rodney Jones and Chico Pinheiro who just helped us celebrate our 50th Anniversary in South Jersey.

Photo by Chico, shared on his Instagram. Follow him there!

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OH, CANADA!

Oh, Canada! We’re shipping this custom Limoncello Benny to ya’!

This guitar features a non-standard select flame maple top and a chambered mahogany body (2” depth, 14 ½” lower bout) with a Florentine cutaway and added tummy cut. We finished it off with all gold hardware, including two A-6 pickups, custom switching system, and strap pin. Warm and responsive, this Benny will be a nice accompaniment through the cold Canadian winter (and beyond!).

Photos by Stephanie Ward

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IT’S PLANE TO SEE

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop? NOPE! They are a luthier’s dream! Bob Benedetto might rest for a day, but then he’s right back to crafting — now he’s offering these planes that our own Master Luthier Damon Mailand uses and calls “elegant, durable, and perfectly suited for carving archtop plates.”

From Bob and Cindy: We are pretty excited about the new planes…here are the specs: Made completely by hand by Bob Benedetto in his personal workshop, the Benedetto palm plane is made of hard American, curly maple with solid brass appointments. It includes a high-carbon tool steel blade custom made by Ron Hock. The palm rest adds comfort and accommodates individual carving styles. The double-radiused sole is optimal for carving long graceful arches as well as short, tight radii on inside and outside arches of tops and backs of archtop guitars and cellos. Includes a custom leather pouch. Price: $214.99 plus shipping. Payable via PayPal. To order email Bob directly!

Photos by Cindy Benedetto and Damon Mailand

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THROWBACK THURSDAY (IF YOU’RE THROWING A BOOMERANG!)

A bit of a throwback today…if you were throwing a boomerang!

Sean Tanner’s passion for luthiery and his affinity for Savannah recently brought this early Benedetto Guitars family member BACK home to stay! He first joined Benedetto Guitars from 2008 to 2010, and again briefly in 2012. He was initially hired after attending both Luthier’s International (Luthiery) and Georgia Southern University (Music Education, Guitar, Voice). Sean will be working on a range of processes in our buffing and final assembly departments.

Check out his full bio to see what he was up to in between stints at Benedetto in our About Our Luthiers section!

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