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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 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 […]
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!)
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 […]
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 […]
(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).
A JVC Tribute to Legendary Barney Kessel June 25, 1997, Danny and Sylvia Kaye Playhouse, New York City, Produced by Charles Carlini for the JVC Festival back row: Peter Leitch, John Pizzarelli, Ray Gogarty, Frank Vignola, Vic Juris, Ron Affif, Howard Alden, John Abercrombie, and Jimmy Bruno 2nd row: Gene Bertoncini, Billy Bauer, […]
Ron Escheté with Benedetto 7-String 1985 youtube Ron Escheté, 7-string jazz guitar virtuoso, with Luther Hughes, bass – a 30 minute 1985 televised live performance for Soundboard TV & Guitar Player Magazine (via youtube) Special thanks to Dan Corzo for finding the video! Click here to watch the entire youtube video Update! Another great […]
HAL LEONARD HONORS CENTERSTREAM Hal Leonard celebrates its 35 year Anniversary with Ron Middlebrook of Centerstream Publications NAMM show, 2019 Ron Middlebrook is our long-time publisher of Making an Archtop Guitar, now in its 2nd Edition Congratulations, Ron! Howard Paul with Ron Middlebrook at the 2019 NAMM Show
Our first shipment of Benedetto palm planes heading off to Stewart-MacDonald tomorrow! (plus more in the works) Details on the planes coming next! (Adorable!) archtop guitar artwork by our daughter Gina Benedetto, 1985
Bob Benedetto and Howard Paul’s Q&A at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala Florida, July 29, 2018. Howard lectured on the sound and architecture of the Benedetto acoustic archtop guitar for the Appleton Museum’s Inspired Speakers. Below: Patricia Tomlinson, Curator of Exhibitions, with Howard and Bob at Ocala’s Braised Onion Restaurant, following the […]
The Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FL will feature Howard Paul, President/CEO of Benedetto Guitars, as part of their ongoing “Inspired Speakers Series”. After his presentation, Paul will be joined onstage by Robert Benedetto for a question-and-answer session. Sunday, July 29, 2018. 2-4 pm appletonmuseum.org
Welcome to the first Post on Benedetto Archives! This site will be a work in progress…forever! I’m going through over 40 years of shop images, Players, and graphics (that’s a lot of space in the garage). I’ll be adding more and more (serial number information, guitar details, etc) as soon as I figure out how […]