Robert Benedetto: Italian of the Week

Jun 12, 2016 778

When people hear the name Benedetto, beautiful and priceless guitars come to mind. The man behind the brand is Robert "Bob" Benedetto, born on October 22, 1946, in the Bronx, New York. He was born into a family of musicians and builders. When he was 22 years old, Bob decided to try his hand at building an archtop jazz guitar.

Archtops are either acoustic or semi-acoustic, steel-stringed and have a distinctive arched top (hence their name). While looking for building materials, Bob fell in love with his parents' dining room table. With his father's blessing (and table), he built his first guitar.

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