FAREWELL, RICK!

Congratulations to Final Assembly Luthier, Rick Cevone on retiring this week. For more than a decade he has provided the icing on the cake for nearly every Benedetto to leave the shop.

Rick joined Benedetto in 2007, moving from his small hometown of Oberlin, Ohio. He studied with Brian Galloup, graduating from his Masters Class. He has been an integral part of the final assembly department, a very detailed and precise area to work within. Guitars come to Rick from finishing and buffing, and he then builds them out – putting on hardware and wiring, polishing the fretboards, installing strings, and all other manners of set-up. When the guitars leave final assembly, they are ready for our artists and customers to play and enjoy!

Rick’s greatest musical influence comes from The Beatles. “When I first heard them, that was it for me. My parents got me a guitar and I never looked back,” says Rick. He also plays piano and enjoys songwriting and recording as a hobby.

Rick has four grown children: Melissa, Greg, Allison, and Andrea.

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NEWSLETTER IN THE NEWS

Head over to benedettoguitars.com and sign up for our newsletter! We have a big announcement coming next week and we would like you to be the first to know!  After that, you’ll receive monthly note keeping you up to date on all things Benedetto.

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LAST CHANCE FOR REQUESTS

We’ve settled on an Antiqueburst Bravo, a Honeyblonde Bravo Deluxe, the Curly Cherry 16-B, and a Black Pat Martino Signature Model for the Brooklyn Guitar Showcase this weekend. If there is anything you you like us to bring, please let us know by 5:00PM Wednesday!

Howard will also have his personal guitar, a custom, 7-string 16-B. We are very excited about this show… See you there!

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FRIDAY NIGHT FUN

Should you find yourself in West Orange, New Jersey this Friday, May 10, be sure to book a table at the Highlawn Pavilion. Benedetto President and CEO, Howard Paul, along with his custom 16-B, will be joining the Mark Peterson trio for an evening of music. All the fun starts at 7:00PM.

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WAITING FOR THE WEEKEND

Should you find yourself in Brooklyn this coming Saturday, be sure to stop by the Brooklyn Guitar Showcase! We’ll be there with plenty of fabulous guitars to play.

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SNEAKING BY

We were so excited about the new La Venezia that we forgot to mention the beautiful Blonde Bravo Deluxe that has been added to Bob’s Boutique!

16″ x 2-1/2″ body with laminate spruce top, highly figured maple laminated back, solid maple sides and flamed maple neck.  Ebony tailpiece, tuning buttons, bridge, finger rest and fingerboard, and a Benedetto B-6 pickup.

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SPEECHLESS

It is incredibly rare that we have a guitar like this available for immediate purchase but every once and a while Damon works a little magic and gets one together for us!

 

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TOP 15 WEBSITES TO BUY HANDMADE GUITARS

Guideforbuying.com has published their list of the top 15 websites to buy handmade guitars… we made the cut and feel like we are in pretty good company! You can always check out Bob’s Boutique to see which guitars are available for immediate shipment.

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A RARE BIRD

Coming soon to Bob’s Boutique: A Violinburst La Venezia! 17″ x 3″, fully acoustic archtop, featuring European tone woods with a floating pickup installed on the finger rest. It is incredibly rare that we have one of these flagship beauties available for immediate sale (build time is usually 7 to 8 months). The La Venezia model is the pinnacle of Bob Benedetto’s minimalist design: No binding, minimal inlay, all ebony appointments, and the original model with the smaller head stock design that is now featured on most of our models. Contact Jackson Evans for more details.

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LUCIAN GRAY ALL THE WAY


Canadian guitarist, Lucian Gray and his custom Americana playing Time After Time with the Virginia MacDonald Quintet at the Emmet Ray in Toronto.

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