Benedetto is now offering lectures/tours through Savannah’s newest luxury hotel, Perry Lane!
“Guests have the opportunity to tour the factory and meet Damon and his staff. Many of the original tools are still used and luthiers still used age-old process to create the custom guitars.
Tours of the facility take between 1-2 hours. There is no cost for tours Monday through Friday, from 9am-4pm. There is a $100 fee per tour Saturday from 10am-4pm. There is a 48-hour notice required to schedule a tour. This experience is open to individuals and small groups. There is a maximum tour size of 8 people. Call the Perry Lane Hotel Guest Relations team at 912-415-9000 and they would be happy to make your reservation. Transportation costs to the factory are $30 each way with Uber and $125 each way with private car service.”
Wishing all of you “daddios” out there a very Happy Father’s Day!
This natural-finish Bravo Deluxe was just completed and will ship to NY next week. 16″ x 2 1/2″ laminated top and back has nicely flamed back, sides and neck, and a flawless spruce top. Completed with a B-6 pickup and ebony components to make this a minimalist beauty! Photos by Stephanie Ward.
If you’re in the market for one almost JUST like it, we have one in Bob’s Boutique!
The National Guitar Museum’s “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World” exhibit has gone west till Sept 9, 2018 at the beautiful Museum of the Rockies in Montana. Executive Director HP Newquist is shown here with two Benedettos, part of the permanent traveling exhibit.
Photo courtesy the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
It’s difficult to hide that our favorite guitars to build each year are the Vinodetto Series made for vintner/Benedetto collector and now chairman Dave Miner. Each model year is unique, but the theme remains constant – incorporate Miner Wine in the finishing process, and customize some appointments to reflect Dave’s passion for vino! This tenth iteration is based upon a custom 16B shape, 2-1/2″ depth, B6 pickup, traditional f-holes, and Dave’s favorite 1-7/8″ nutwidth. The bocote binding and truss rod cover contrasts the cabernet sauvignon-stained European maple back and sides, maple neck, and ebony fingerboard. The most striking feature is the Robert Benedetto designed and installed authentic Miner wine corks inlaid on the headstock. The “stain” is reduced from a bottle of 2014 Benedetto Signature Cabernet Sauvignon from Miner’s Napa Valley winery and vineyards. And of course, like all Benedettos, it sounds and plays as beautifully as it looks! You can hear this instrument on August 18th at the Miner Valley Winery if you purchase a ticket to the annual Benedetto Wine Release Concert featuring Chico Pinheiro, Brian Nova and Howard Paul this year. Visit www.minerwines.com!
This past weekend, Benedetto Artist King Solomon Hicks performed at the Holland Int’l Blues Festival. We like to consider him a “young blues god,” just as they describe in their statement:
“This Festival aims to position itself for this music genre as the Monterey of Europe. It will be the stage where old and especially young blues gods can showcase their talents to the world. Where stars and ambassadors are born. For a musical expression that has been too long and unjustly in the shadows of other music genres. A form of music that will make its breakthrough and get the international recognition it deserves. Finally, many decades later.”