A LOOK BACK TO 2014

Benedetto Artist, Howard Alden performing a solo version of “Moonlight in Vermont” at the 21st North Wales Jazz Guitar Weekend way back in 2014. He is playing his custom 16″, seven-string with an oval sound hole… What a beautiful guitar and fantastic playing!

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ROASTED MAPLE DELIGHT

Sometimes we even surprise ourselves! This is our first time using roasted maple for a guitar and the results are spectacular! Master Luthier, Damon Mailand felt the response of the wood warranted modified x-bracing, and a B-6 pickup. Add in maple binding and a Natural finish and we are left with a real stunner of a 16-B.

Unfortunately for you, this beauty was snatched up just before the finish line. We do, however, have another set available and it’s large enough for a 17″ guitar. We also have something similar involving curly cherry coming to Bob’s Boutique very soon. Email Jackson Evans for a sneak peek.

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JAZZ GUITAR TODAY


Jazz Guitar Today, a new online magazine dedicated our favorite topic, asked us to make this video contrasting guitars built using archtop construction techniques and our chambered solid-body instruments. We thought the 16-B and GA-35 models would be the perfect choice for our own Jackson Evans to demonstrate the differences!

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PROGRESS PICS

Every once in a while we have to pinch ourselves when moving through the shop. Yesterday, this gorgeous Cremona was on Damon’s bench ready for neck set and we couldn’t resist snapping a photo! The burl face plate, that gorgeous, custom inlay, the elegant sound holes… Beauty abounds!

Once the neck is securely in place, master finisher, Larry Perkins will take the reigns and apply a rich Antiqueburst finish. We will be sure to post the final photos when the guitar is complete.

As an aside, you can follow us on Instagram page, @benedetto_guitars to see all the pretty guitars coming through. For the best of vintage Benedetto, be sure to check out Cindy Benedetto’s archive account, @benedetto_archives.

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BLONDE ON BLONDE

Why wait for us to build your Blonde Bravo Deluxe when we have two available in Bob’s Boutique? This one is hot off the presses, stunning, and ready for immediate shipment. Contact Jackson Evans for details.

 

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LOOKING BACK TO 2013


Here is a look back at the 45th Anniversary Cremona we built in 2013. Howard ran into the fine folks at Acoustic Guitar Magazine while attending the Healdsburg Guitar Festival and they just had to have a look.

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MARVELOUS MARLIS

Our friends at Henriksen Amplifiers took a minute to catch up with Benedetto player, Beth Marlis. Beth is a world-class guitarist and educator with staggering credentials.

“For me, being a professional musician and being a music educator are equally creative acts that are inseparable and inform each other; it’s all one big jazz tune to me!”

Read the full interview here.

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TED’S 1978 CREMONA

Longtime friend and Benedetto player, Ted Shumate stopped by last summer and brought a few old friends for Stephanie to photograph. What a stunning piece of Benedetto history!

This Cremona model was custom made especially for Ted at Bob’s Homosassa Springs shop in 1978.

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JAZZ EDUCATION NETWORK DESCENDS ON THE BIGGEST LITTLE CITY

We arrived last night in Reno for the hippest hang of the season! The best educators, performers, and jazz music industry folks in the world will come together for the 10th annual Jazz Education Network Conference. It includes four days of concerts, clinics, seminars, and all the jazz you can handle. You can find us on the trade show floor  in booth 414.

 

A few shots from last year’s conference in Dallas:
 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUCKY!

We are proud to call Bucky Pizzarelli one of our oldest friends and excited to wish him a very happy 93rd birthday! We hope the coming year brings wonderful health and plentiful picking!

Follow this link to hear a 2010 interview with Bucky on Piano Jazz with guest host (and not-so-distant relative), John Pizzarelli.

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