About Benedetto Guitars:
Robert Benedetto, son of a master cabinet builder and grandson of a Steinway Piano company artisan, began building guitars in 1968. A jazz guitarist himself, he quickly recognized the need to refine traditional violin construction techniques in guitarmaking while acknowledging the needs of professional players. By the 1980s, he was a premier and highly demanded luthier; in 1993, he published his landmark book Making an Archtop Guitar which launched a renaissance period in luthery. His instruments were soon featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and his instruments became sought after by collectors. From 1999 to 2006, he licensed Fender Musical Instrument Company to build his guitars in their custom shop under his personal supervision; in 2006, he ended this agreement to regain control of the construction process and build on his brand. Today, Benedetto Guitars, Inc. has 16 full-time employees and generates over 300 handcrafted guitars per year from the Savannah, GA workshop, shipping world-wide.
Howard Paul is the President/CEO of Benedetto. He began playing guitar at age 4, and jumped into jazz at age 10. Following a professional music career and undergraduate studies, he attended Army Officer Candidate School and became a logistics officer and commander during his ten years of service. In 1995, he left the military to become an executive in a steel distribution company, all the while continuing to perform professional with many of the world’s top jazz musicians. In 2006, he left Chatham Steel Corporation to help Bob Benedetto establish Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, GA. He continues to perform in concerts, jazz festivals, and clubs; teaches clinics and workshops at colleges and universities; and oversees daily operations of Benedetto Guitars. He regularly performs with pianist Bob James, guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, bassist Ben Tucker, jazz organist Tony Monaco's Trio, and as leader of his own trio and quartet.