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Benedetto Bass Guitar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by scott reed, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. scott reed

    scott reed Supporting Member

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    Just acquired one of the 52 Benedetto basses made from 1986-87.

    Does any other tb'er have one?
  2. REV

    REV Supporting Member

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    No pics?
  3. scott reed

    scott reed Supporting Member

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  4. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Bob didn't actually make that, did he? :eek: How embarrassing for him. :crying:
  5. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist Supporting Member

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    I think that's legit, though I am pretty surprised as well. Here's a pic of Jeff Berlin with Joe Pass, and Jeff looks to be playing an identical bass. Appears to be circa '87 or so

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  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Benedetto must have been hard up (not selling any guitars) for him to have rebranded a Cort/Washburn/whatever bass during the '80s. I can't fathom that he really built those, himself. :meh:

    This is what I think of when I hear the name Benedetto:

    Photo © Jeffrey P. Scott 2007 All rights reserved.
  7. millsbass5

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    I mean no offense whatsoever to the OP, but, if Bob was the builder, Id expect far and away more from him. Or, is he THAT MUCH against lower-register instruments? :D Are those pups Basslines? There may actually be something under all that, uh....... Charm.
  8. TN WOODMAN

    TN WOODMAN

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    These may have 80's styling cues but I'm sure they are well built and play and sound superb.
  9. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist Supporting Member

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    Agreed, in my mind 'Benedetto' is always followed by 'Manhattan' :)
  10. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Agreed.

    I was all ready to get a huge dose of luxury archtop-body bass porn. I clicked on the pic and thought for sure I had been misdirected.

    No GAS for that rather pedestrian instrument. It might play great, but with the Benedetto name attached to it, I certainly expected something much more sexy.
  11. scott reed

    scott reed Supporting Member

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    More info from Cindy Benedetto.

    This is a model 1000b. Came in red, white or black finish. There was a 3000b with a painted headstock and a deluxe model that you see played by Jeff Berlin in the pic earlier.

    These were USA-made by Bob in partnership with John Buscarino - another fine archtop guitar maker. They also made solidbody guitars during this time. They are not parts basses. Bob and John built the jigs and machines and cut the bodies and necks themselves. The pickups are not the original EMG's but SD Basslines Quarter Pounders run passive.

    The instruments were discontinued because of the production costs. Bob said in hindsight they should have used precut necks and bodies to save money.

    It's not my 2000 pre-Fender Benny guitar handmade by Bob but it is a Benedetto product.
  12. sbassface

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    Congrats. That last comment reminded me of Jimmy Bruno always telling my friend Ben at school to get a Benny (and a haircut) memories
  13. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    These looked rather crude for Benedetto instruments.
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