We often refer to the Bravo as our workhorse model, but what does that even mean? Just ask Taylor Roberts:
His week began with a solo concert set opening for the Charlie Hunter Trio in Gainesville, Florida, followed a few days later as co-headliner in a three guitar extravaganza with fellow Benedetto player, Barry Greene and the fantastic James Hogan at the Blue Jay Listening Room in Jacksonville (click here for video). Add to that weekly residencies at Ocean 60, Salt Restaurant, and a house position at the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island and you get 300-ish gigs a year all on his Benedetto Bravo 7-string.
We were delighted to stumble upon these images of Benedetto Artist, Royce Campbell and his gorgeous Fratello while scrolling through Facebook over the weekend. The action shot is from sometime around 2000 and features Royce with vibraphonist, Chuck Redd.
We’ve just added this gorgeous, two-tone Bravo in Honeyblonde/Espresso to Bob’s Boutique.
The Bravo model is without a doubt the workhorse of the Professional Series guitars. It is designed for stability, durability, and exceptional electric performance while maintaining the feel, and response of an acoustic archtop guitar. The classic two-tone finish with a Honeyblonde top, and Espresso back, neck, and sides, is a nod to the classic workhorse guitars of the 60s but with a Benedetto pedigree that is guaranteed to deliver an even, powerful response.
Because Dave Miner is a leap year baby, it’s hard to know when to wish the world’s archtop-iest vintner a happy birthday. We’ll settle for March 1st this year since it coincides with an (unfortunately sold-out) dinner and concert in the caves of Miner Family Winery. Happy Birthday, Dave!
This year’s concert features the phenomenal trio of Howard Paul, Chico Pinheiro, and Romero Lubambo playing the best of Brazil with a sprinkling of straight ahead jazz. If you missed out on this special event keep an eye out for the fall release concert of the Miner Benedetto Cabernet.
These twin guitars may look almost identical but they are actually four years, ten months apart. One of them is Howard Paul’s personal guitar, S2176HP and the other is a newly built, highly customized copycat. Both based on the 16-B model but with highly flamed European tone woods, flamed maple binding, traditional f-style sound holes, x-bracing, violin style tailpiece, and B-6 pickup.
We started this guitar as a custom-spec model intended for Bob’s Boutique but one very savvy customer with impeccable timing snatched it up before anyone else could have a chance.
Willie Newman, Ben Gendle, and Time Hardwick had a great time trying out a few Benedetto guitars after participating in our lecture about the history, construction and performance characteristics of archtop guitars. Big thanks to Dr. Tim Fischer for the invitation!
Our resident customer relations guitar guru is turning a year older and his only birthday wish is for you to have a shiny new Benedetto! Give him a call or shoot him an email and make sure you have a look at Bob’s Boutique on the way.
We’ve been so busy with our spec guitars in Bob’s Boutique that we forgot to post this amazing custom order from last week. One of only a few Benedetto guitars to ever be built with a Bigsby tailpiece (this is the first ever GA-35 with one), this fine instrument has landed at a loving home in upstate New York.
You might have noticed that we are focusing on building more Bravo Deluxe models! These have become our most popular professional series models, and our goal is to keep a few of them on hand so customers don’t have to wait the usual 7-months. This beautiful Light Antiqueburst Deluxe was finished today and is ready for a new home and stage! 16″ x 2-1/2″ lower bout; 25″ scale; 1-3/4″ nut; killer balance, response and tone; and lightweight and feedback resistant. Laminated spruce top and maple back. Made in Savannah, GA! Photos by Stephanie W.