Benedetto Guitars Celebrates 45 Years (1968-2013)

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American luthier Robert Benedetto of Benedetto Guitars, Savannah, Georgia, is celebrating his 45th Anniversary building archtop jazz guitars in 2013.

Bob Benedetto is the foremost builder of archtop guitars in the world.

Founded in 1968 by American luthier Robert Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars, Inc. of Savannah, Georgia is celebrating 2013 as their 45th Anniversary of making archtop jazz guitars. The internationally renowned company builds some of the world’s most collectable jazz guitars that appear in countless recordings, film soundtracks, books, magazines and museums (including the permanent collection of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, currently celebrating Jazz Month), and featured on concert stages and jazz festivals around the world.

Born in the Bronx, New York in 1946, Benedetto’s American journey has taken him from his personal workbench as an independent luthier, through prominence as author of the 1994 publication “Making An Archtop Guitar,” to overseeing construction via licensing agreements at Fender & Guild guitar companies, to chairmanship of his own Benedetto Guitars, Inc. manufacturing company.

President/CEO of Benedetto Guitars Howard Paul notes that “Bob’s unparalleled career has impacted the entire industry, and raised the bar for luthiers, manufacturers, and players alike. His 45 years of experience, experimentation, collaboration with the greatest players of their day, and willingness to share his secrets and know-how can be heard and felt in every Benedetto guitar made today, as they reflect Benedetto’s character and talent.”

Benedetto has made guitars for jazz guitarists including Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Burrell, Howard Alden and Pat Martino.

To commemorate the occasion, a one-of-a-kind 45th Anniversary Cremona model guitar is being made.

"Bob Benedetto is the foremost builder of archtop guitars in the world. With tools that had belonged to his grandfather and tools that he made himself, he started making guitars entirely by hand. He rose to become the standard bearer of a tradition of hand craftsmanship that threads its way back through the work of John D'Angelico, Orville Gibson, Lloyd Loar and even further to the centuries-old reverence for artistry and craft that is so much a part of the Italian and Italian-American heritage." TOM WHEELER, Renowned Guitar Historian, Author of American Guitars; The Stratocaster Chronicles; The Dream Factory: Fender Custom Shop; former Editor in Chief, Guitar Player Magazine.

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