(born October 22
in The Bronx
, New York
) is an American luthier
. He is best known for founding Benedetto Guitars, Inc. which makes hand-carved archtop guitars
. Before the company became a division of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
, Benedetto made each guitar himself. Benedetto was noted for his guitars starting in the 1970's, when jazz guitarists such as Bucky Pizzarelli
, Chuck Wayne
, and Martin Taylor
used and endorsed them.
In 2006, Benedetto ended his relationship with Fender and opened his own factory in Savannah, Georgia, partnering with businessman / guitarist Howard Paul.