George Benson's Gear
Top Right: Benson’s signature Ibanez hollowbodies
feature ornate, vintage-style headstock
inlays. Photo by John Mooy. Bottom Right: On his current tour, Benson has a guitar boat with two signature
Ibanez hollowbodies and a Yamaha nylon-string.
Photo by John Mooy. Left: Two of Benson’s Ibanez signature models—a GB200 (left) and a prototype of the upcoming LGB (Little Georgie Benson)—onstage with a pair of Fender
’65 Twin reissues mic’d with a large-diaphragm Shure condenser. Photo by John Mooy.
Ibanez LGB prototype,
Ibanez GB30, Yamaha
Two Fender 1965 Twin
Strings, Picks, and Accessories
Benson Signature .012s
(live) and .014s (studio),
Ibanez George Benson
mediums picks, Monster
Cable, Radial JDI Passive
For a taste of George Benson in action, check out
the following clips on YouTube.com.
Benson scat sings with Dizzy Gillespie,
then takes a jaw-dropping guitar solo
(from 7:48–8:58) that will make you
want to quit the guitar.
This rare clip shows Benson in a lessformal
setting, playing Miles Davis’ “So
What” with a killer band featuring drummer
Jeff “Tain” Watts and other notable
musicians. His killer solo starts at 5:25 and
features nearly three minutes of fretboardmelting
Benson makes his guitar sound like bagpipes
on this solo rendition of “Danny
Boy.” In addition to the chordal mastery
on display here, check out how Benson
articulates even the quickest of single-note
runs with his right-hand thumb—particularly
in the cadenza (3:00–3:08).