Benedetto Guitars Celebrates 45 Years
Founded in 1968 by American luthier Robert Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars, Inc. of Savannah, Georgia is celebrating 2013 as their 45th Anniversary.
The small but internationally renowned company builds some of the world’s most collectable and expensive instruments while still focusing their production on the needs of professional and aspiring jazz guitarists.
Benedetto guitars have been played by three generations of jazz masters including Johnny Smith, Kenny Burrell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Taylor, and Pat Martino, among many others. The Benedetto guitar appears on countless recordings, videos, and TV and film soundtracks, and has been featured in books, magazines and museums (including the permanent collection of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History), and on concert stages and jazz festivals around the world.
Born in the Bronx, New York in 1946, Benedetto’s great 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.
To commemorate the occasion, a one-of-a-kind 45th Anniversary guitar is being made.