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 2004 and some old Gibson catalogs has developed into a very special relationship. He is shown here at his home in Germany surrounded by a small portion of the collection.
The first shipment back in December 2019 included 1980-1990 photos, articles and CDs of Benedetto Players Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Jack Wilkins, Frank Vignola, Ron Eschete, Martin Taylor and Jimmy Bruno. Also, small guitar parts, guitar books, guitar albums and old catalogs. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GALLERY OF PHOTOS of items in Patrick’s possession as well as photos Patrick took of the items at his home in Germany. More photos will be added to the Gallery daily so please check back often! And more archives yet to be packed up and shipped!
Oh! And we recently shipped him two big albums chock full of our Blue Guitar memorabilia and documentation… photos, letters, documents, Smithsonian catalogs, etc. (which was wonderful to revisit after all these years and which I’ll post in this Gallery!) Patrick wrote about La CREMONA AZZURRA for the Blue Guitars website… click here to read.