George Benson's Gear
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 modal madness.
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).