Celebrating our 29th Anniversary of Making an Archtop Guitar! Published in 1994 by Centerstream Publications and distributed by Hal Leonard. Second edition published in 2018 (also Centerstream/Hal Leonard). Available from Stewart MacDonald Manufacturing.
Benedetto Palm Planes… Made entirely by hand, including the brass holding cap, toe plate and ramp (I don’t make the thumb screws!) Each plane is made from quarter sawn American hard curly maple (no soft maple) and the blades are made to my specs by Ron Hock. Each plane is serialized. There are two models: […]
Taken directly from Benedetto’s Making an Archtop Guitar, these templates take the mystery out of top and back carving. Using these full-scale templates you’ll accurately lay out the neck, top, and back of your archtop for precise carving of all curves and contours. These templates are based on Benedetto’s 17″ acoustic archtop, a premier jazz […]
Andy Summers and Jack Wilkins duo at the 1997 Benedetto Players Concert on Long Island, New York. (Classic American Guitar Show weekend). Andy plays a green custom Manhattan made for Benedetto’s daughter Gina in 1995. Jack plays his Fratello model. Fantastic photo by Norman Wilson.
Since December 2019, Dr. PATRICK WOLLNY has become the owner and curator of the Benedetto Guitars Archives Collection. (see dropdown in menu under “More Benedetto History.) It was Bob’s and my great fortune to connect with Patrick. What started as a few email exchanges about Bob’s “Body and Soul” biographical DVD by Bill Doyle in […]
The Celebration of the Life of Legend Pat Martino begins Thursday, November 3, 2022, at historic Somers Point, NJ and continues through Sunday, November 6, 2022. Click here to see the fantastic video interview by Jazz Guitar Today’s Bob Bakert… interviewing Pat’s long time manager and close friend Joe Donofrio and Bill Millkowski, longtime journalist […]
CLICK HERE to watch the always amazing Chico Pinheiro and Romero Lubambo duo on two Benedettos at Miner Family Winery August 2022. Chico Pinheiro plays the Benedetto Vinodetto X. Romero Lubambo plays La CREMONA AZZURRA from the Blue Guitar Collection. Youtube video courtesy Dave Miner
Bob Benedetto’s 1996 masterpiece archtop guitar, “La Cremona Azzurra”, the Blue Cremona, is one of the most beautiful and marvellous pieces of art I have ever seen. Granted, as the curator of the “Benedetto Guitars Archives Collection”, tasked with preserving the Benedetto ́s legacy, I might be biased. Every instrument in the Blue Guitars Collection, […]
With a career spanning over 50 years, Howard Alden has played with the best of the best. Click here to watch the incredible interview with Bob Bakert and Howard Alden on Jazz Guitar Today’s website. With the warmth and skill of a great interviewer, Bob Bakert has Howard share the highlights and insights on his […]
BLUE GUITARS RENAISSANCE! May 21, 2022 update! Guitarist/Film Maker and Writer Michael Watts is documenting the Blue Guitars story… follow his incredible photos and video posted on Instagram @Michael.watts.guitar Special thanks to the Archtop Foundation who has purchased the famed Scott Chinery Blue Guitar Collection and has big plans for getting the guitars back into the […]
We are honored to be featured in Henriksen Amps Guitar Stories: Corey Christiansen Special thanks to Corey Christiansen, featured with his Benedetto Pat Martino Signature model. Corey Christiansen on Instagram A prolific author as well as active player, click here to see Corey’s many books by Mel Bay Publications Click here to view Corey Christiansen Trio’s […]
National Guitar Museum… striking the right chord (always!) HP Newquist, NGM’s Founder and Executive Director, along with his daughter photographer Kat Newquist just completed the traveling guitar museum’s 29th(!!) exhibit. It is now open to the public at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from Nov. 19, 2021 to April 17, 2022. The Benedetto […]
Five great features honoring Pat Martino (click to open). 11-2-21 Downbeat Magazine: In Memoriam: Pat Martino (1944–2021) by Frank Alkyer 11-09-21 from Lyle Robinson at Jazz Guitar Life “Pat Martino Remembered: 1944-2021” Note from Lyle: If you have your own reflections and would like to share them with Jazz Guitar Life readers, please send an email to […]
BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED? Remember, being left without a Benedetto on Halloween (or any day) would be the scariest thing of all! Benedetto Guitar’s ever-photogenic Stephanie Ward had fun posing for this in 2014 with an Antiqueburst BAMBINO.
Click here to view New Jazz Guitar Today Jazz Guitar Podcast from Bob Bakert interviewing the very talented Paul Bollenback! Paul plays a Benedetto Bambino model Paul Bollenback featured on All About Jazz Paul Bollenback Dolphin Dance video Benny Benack III Quartet Featuring Paul Bollenback – The Jitterbug Waltz Benny Benack III Quartet Featuring Kristiana […]
Click here to see a great JAZZ GUITAR TODAY video interview with Giuseppe Continenza and JGT Editor Bob Bakert. There’s more! Click here to see Giuseppe Continenza’s Chord Melody Secrets Revealed, Part 1 , part of JGT’s JAZZ GUITAR LESSONS And MORE lessons from Giuseppe! Giuseppe Continenza plays a custom Cremona made by Bob Benedetto […]
CLICK HERE to read the exclusive JAZZ GUITAR TODAY review by contributor Brad Jeter who takes a very close look at the Benedetto 16B. (and we are thrilled!) Special thanks to Brad Jeter and Bob Bakert!
Two new features on jazz guitar great & Benedetto Player Wayne Wilkinson! Click here to read feature on Wayne Wilkinson in the Colorado Springs Gazette Wayne Wilkinson is also highlighted on the KSQD radio show March 18, 2021, 7 pm. Click on March 18, 2021 and then the 7 pm time slot for “Jazz […]
New… handmade from Bob’s shop… The Benedetto Neck Rest! It is the proprietary designed neck rest used exclusively at Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, Ga. Made of laminated woods and cushioned with 1/4” 100% wool felt.
Special thanks to Jazz Guitar Today’s Bob Bakert and Joe Perry for the fantastic video interviews of both Damon Mailand and Bob Benedetto. Click here to see the videos on Jazz Guitar Today. Bob Bakert is a veteran of the guitar industry and is knowledgeable as well as charming! Thank you, Damon, for keeping […]
SHAWN PURCELL is a guitarist, arranger, composer and adjunct professor of jazz studies at George Mason University. He has served on the faculty at Towson University, Middle Tennessee State University and was a Visiting Lecturer in Jazz Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He earned his DMA in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois […]
It wouldn’t be Christmas without mentioning my all-time favorite jazz guitar Christmas CD from Jack Wilkins. Per Jack, “Jazz Guitar Christmas” was recorded in 1996 and released in 2004 by Guitar Sessions – A Division of Mel Bay Records. Beautiful Christmas tunes, including the unexpected but gorgeous “Barbara Allen” Merry Christmas, Jack, and thanks for […]
Freelance Guitarist, Arranger and Composer Doug MacDonald has recorded over 20 CDs performing as the primary artist and over 50 CDs joining multi-talented artists. MacDonald’s musicianship evokes thoughts of such artists as Chet Baker and Sinatra, to name a few, who performed and excelled in a particular style their entire careers while keeping it fresh for […]
Click here to read Bob Bakert’s masterful article on Rodney Jones in the May 2020 issue of Jazz Guitar Today. Rodney Jones website Benedetto Artist Rodney Jones CLICK HERE TO VIEW RODNEY JONES PHOTO GALLERY
What a Difference a Day Made We've been promising some longer videos… Here we have Benedetto President/CEO, Howard Paul and frequent BG collaborator, Maggie Evans performing the classic, "What a Difference a Day Made." Enjoy!Howard is playing his personal guitar, a very custom, 7-string 16-B featuring European tone woods, flame maple binding, traditional f-style […]
CLICK HERE to read the beautiful tribute to Bucky Pizzarelli by Bob Bakert in Jazz Guitar Today with photo gallery assembled by JGT’s Joe Perry. Click here for a photo Gallery on the Pizzarelli’s over the years
Reposting the amazing cover story Jazz Guitar Today magazine did on jazz legend Pat Martino. Pat Martino is a legend whose vision and philosophical outlook transcends music right down to the essence of energy and life. BOB BAKERT Editor, Jazz Guitar Today (story by Bob Bakert, photo gallery by Joe Perry) The Benedetto Pat […]
Howard Alden is the consummate jazz guitarist. It’s been an honor to have him play Benedetto Guitars for 28 years. Click here to view a video from Howard at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Jazz Guitar Program in Chicago, where he talks Benedetto with one of his custom 7-Strings. About Howard Alden Howard […]
Great article from USA Today that includes Howard Paul, Benedetto Guitar’s Pres/CEO, interviewed at the recent 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim. Click here to see more photos from Benedetto Guitars NAMM Booth! About Howard Paul… Beautiful Benedetto Guitars (yup, they’re available!)
King Solomon Hicks is a phenomal American guitarist, blues, jazz singer, and composer. His style of music ranges from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk, Afro-Cuban, and classic rock. A blues guitarist since he was 13, his first recording was when he was 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band. His tours include Spain, Denmark, Germany, […]
One of the premier contemporary jazz artists on the scene, thanks to Chris Standring for being a Benedetto Player for 25 years! VOTED 2019 BEST SMOOTH JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR View Chris’s Gallery View Chris Standring’s You Tube page Chris plays a Benedetto 1995 custom 16″ electric, a Bambino and a 40th Anniversary Bambino. […]
Jocelyn Gould is a fast rising star. An accomplished guitarist, bandleader and educator, she holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University where she studied with acclaimed guitarist Randy Napoleon. From her adopted hometown of New York City, Jocelyn developed a profile that has taken her to international festivals—such as the St. Lucia, […]
Randy Napoleon is a sublime guitarist, composer and arranger. Known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz tradition, Napoleon cut his teeth touring with pianist Benny Green, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bublé, and a thirteen year tenure with Freddy Cole. Napoleon has performed or arranged on over seventy records, arranging as […]
Wunderkind Andreas Varady continues his mastery of jazz guitar and is featured in the December 2019 issue of Jazz Guitar Today! (special thanks to JGT!) photo above: Dublin Jazz Photography A second article features his newest Bambino Deluxe! Visit Andreas’ Instagram page Visit Andreas Varady’s website page Andreas Off Broadway youtube video by Quincy Jones Andreas […]
CHICO PINHEIRO is hotter than ever. He gained notoriety in his home country and abroad with two solo releases, both of which scored “Top 10 Best Albums of the Year” awards in Brazil. A self-taught musician who started playing guitar and piano at age seven, Pinheiro began performing at 15, and later graduated from Berklee College […]
Wayne Wilkinson & Jackson Evans – Seven Come Eleven Wayne Wilkinson and Benedetto Guitars Customer Relations Manager Jackson Evans wowed at Henriksen Amps first Annual Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival, Denver, 2019 for a Benedetto Guitars demonstration. The video is amazing; the photos sum up the talent and joy. View Wayne’s great videos on his youtube channel! […]
A look back on reviews of Making an Archtop Guitar from 1994/1995: The 1994 edition is out of print. The 2nd edition from 2018 is available from lutherie suppliers Stewart MacDonald Guitar Shop Supply and Luthier’s Mercantile.
We were recently honored to be interviewed by Linda of Hock Tools, wife and marketing guru of Ron Hock, the famous maker of world-class Hock blades. Click here to read the Hock Tools interview and get a glimpse into all the amazing products and services the Hocks offer!! Special thanks to Linda for over-the-top interview (plus hilarious […]
20th Anniversary of the Benedetto ARCHTOP PLANS. “The tracings were done by an architect named Skot Koenig….besides being a meticulous draftsman, Mr. Koenig also displays a fine sense of style and a deep appreciation for the subject. Looking them over in the executive suite at GAL World Headquarters, I assumed at first that the drawings […]
Jazz guitarist, composer and educator Giuseppe Continenza is currently touring Italy with jazz guitarist Biréli Lagrène. Upcoming dates include: – August 23 – Theatre Fenaroli , Lanciano – August 24 – Arena Porto Turistico, Pescara – August 25 – Auditorium, Caramanico Terme They will continue to tour this Fall and Winter, 2019. Follow him on Instagram […]
(Howard Alden, Howard Paul, Chico Pinheiro, Mark Peterson, Dave Miner, Quentin Baxter) Since 2005, Miner Family Winery has produced world-class jazz guitar concerts in conjunction with the release of Miner Benedetto Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheers to great wine and jazz! Click here for photos of past concerts! Miner Wines and Benedetto Gallery
Iconic Jazz Guitarist Chuck Wayne with his 1982 custom Benedetto, New Jersey, circa 1982. Amazing video of Chuck Wayne and Trio and Mario Andrea filmed in Buenos Aires, 1984. (Chuck comes in at the 1:06 minute mark).
Highlighting one image of Bucky Pizzarelli‘s amazing career (he’s still playing well into his 90s!) isn’t easy but here is a favorite of ours taken on the set of The Today Show in NYC, 1978. Bucky performs with venerable bassist Slam Stewart.
Máté Palásti is a Hungarian guitarist who plays jazz, Latin, Brazilian, flamenco, and fusion, whose improvisation skills make his music unique. He plays a Benedetto Bambino Deluxe. Click below to see Mate on Instagram: mate_palasti Translation: It’s hard to make a statement, to report everything because things are as simple as they may seem, […]
Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar” is a traveling art installation produced by the National Guitar Museum. Current exhibition at the Currier Museum: JUNE 29 – SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 “The response has been stunningly overwhelming. We thought it would appeal certainly to guitar fans and to museums that focused on either […]
Brian Fitzgerald, the Artist Administrator/Education Coordinator of the venerable Kuumbwa Jazz, with his Benedetto BRAVO 7-String guitar. Brian Fitzgerald (7- and 6-string guitars) is an active member of the Bay Area music scene. An accomplished jazz guitarist and teacher, he draws from a deep musical background and education, covering a wide range of influences. […]
Twenty five years ago, in 1994, Howard Alden recorded The Howard Alden Trio: Your Story – The Music of Bill Evans on the Concord Jazz label. On June 7, 2019, he posted this on Facebook (with a link from UDiscoverMusic.com) Best Jazz Guitar Albums: 75 Essential Listens