Bob Benedetto, Chairman, and Bill Neale, President, Benedetto Amps, introduced the Benedetto Carino™ Series Combo Amps in November 2014. Handcrafted in America by Peter Henriksen at his Colorado workshop, the two models, Carino-10 and Carino-12, are lightweight and voiced for the jazz guitarist. Per Benedetto: “I think of our amps as an appendage of the guitar…no unnecessary frills or gimmicks, just straight ahead, honest perfection… the Carino™ Series is a true jazz guitar lover’s amp.” “The Carino™ preamp was voiced to be more ‘Benedetto like’, which is a brighter and livelier tone that you get from a well-made archtop” says Neale. Available world-wide from benedettoamps.com
BOB BENEDETTO is widely acknowledged as today’s foremost maker of archtop guitars. Born in the Bronx, New York in 1946, he made his first jazz guitar in 1968. He has crafted guitars for many noted jazz players including Bucky Pizzarelli, Chuck Wayne, Joe Diorio, Cal Collins, Johnny Smith, Howard Alden, Jimmy Bruno, Kenny Burrell and Pat Martino (collectively known as “The Benedetto Players”). His guitars appear on countless recordings and TV & film soundtracks, and in videos, books, magazines, museums (including the Smithsonian Institution) and concerts worldwide. In 2014, along with business partner Bill Neale, he started Benedetto Amps, a long-time dream fulfilled.
Bill Neale, President of Benedetto Amps
Veteran guitarist Bill Neale has a stellar biography as a stage performer, recording artist, producer and studio musician, including extensive tours and recordings that include a five year tenure as lead guitarist with Motown’s “The Temptations”. In addition, Bill also performed with artists Deniece Williams (Let’s Hear It For The Boy), Sammy Davis, Jr., The Spinners and recorded with The Stylistics, Helen Reddy, Teddy Pendergrass and more. Bill was the guitarist for all Chuck Barris Television Shows including “The Gong Show” and is a recipient of both an RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum record award for his work. A Benedetto Player since 1996, Bill is currently President of Benedetto Amps and also guitarist for the new “Studio Theatre” in The Villages, Florida where he performed in a series of musicals throughout the 2017 season.