Although the guitar did not arrive in your usual crate, the packaging was excellent. A thin layer of wood on front and back of the case was surround by thick foam, with packaging paper and plastic to top it off - very secure. I'd say that this guitar is the most beautiful I own, except I can't because I own six other Bellucci's. Two are cocobolo, two are Brazilian rosewood, one is Hawaiian koa, and one is tamarind. It is impossible to say which is most aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It's a matter of individual taste. This is the first guitar I have ever owned which has inlay on the fretboard. It is stunning, but I'll need to adapt to it while playing.
In my eagerness, I tuned and played her already. I love its sound. We have artwork on all of our walls, much of it done by my wife, who is a fine water-colorist. But we have other types of art as well. Some of our furniture is also artistically created.
I wish I lived in a climate which allowed me to display my guitars you designed. They are each artistically created, and I play each with equal time and love. They motivate me to become a better guitar player. I do not refer to myself as "guitarist" because I am an amateur who plays for his own enjoyment. But part of every day of my life is spent playing music on the instruments I have obtained from you. They each bring me great joy. If I could only look at them and were unable to play, I would experience joy. My classical guitar teacher (a true guitarist) is coming for a visit in about six weeks. I can't wait to show him my Belluccis. He will make them sound as good as they look. Thank you for another masterpiece.
The 7-Strings guitar has arrived on Saturday! It was a great surprise to get her already and it made my weekend. She is absolutely beautiful and I am looking forward to getting to know her, getting used to playing seven strings...
I will send a picture and a recording soon. Thank you very much for this outstanding masterpiece: true guitar artwork.
The Tiger I have now been playing for about half a year and it has developed impressively in these months. Everybody loves the warm and rich sound and clear treble. I planned time for recordings during the Christmas break and am looking forward to it.
With my best regards, Marius
Dr. Marius Messerli
It is a dream to play, I just love it so much! Also
the case is amazing. I will be ordering more cases after the first of the year. I
hope you are well and your life is going wonderful. I will be talking to you soon my
friend. Have a fantastic Christmas and New Years. All my best to you and yours-
your friend and customer- Marc Decker
marcdaviddecker< at >yahoo < dot >com
Laguna Woods, CA, USA
You were right - neither photos nor words do her justice. I won't even try. I played her this AM, and loved her sound. She will occupy a place in my home and in my heart with the five other Bellucci guitars I own.
If I continue to visit your web site, I may ultimately run out of room in my house. I will continue to sing your praises. Thank you.
Dan professor flick < at > aol <dot >com
Dan F., USA, August 2, 2016
The Tiger has arrived yesterday. It is a true masterpiece, very beautiful and a very clear sound!
I am happy to start playing her. Here is a little thank you video from Switzerland:
Oh my goodness. She is so beautiful I can't even believe it! You're such an amazing artist and craftsman, God has truly given you a wonderful gift. I just want you to rest assured I will take such good care of her, and I know I will enjoy playing her for the rest of my life. The wood is so gorgeous, and all the special "pretty things" you added to her, the rosette, the purfling, or trim around the edges, the tuners, everything!! Wow. My mind is completely blown. Oh yes, and also, the case. That is the most amazing case I have ever seen, truly worthy of the guitar inside. Really, I'm at a loss for words. It's everything you said she was and more!! In the future I will be back to buy more cases, I have many guitars God has blessed me with. Also, as we said before, sometime I will have you build me a custom guitar with inlay all over the place and other things, but first I must save my money. In the meantime, I will be playing this dream guitar I was so lucky to find on your website. I can't thank you enough for everything. I am truly blessed to have met you. Thank you dear Renato. I wish I could come to Paraguay and shake your hand and give you a big hug.
Your friend always-
marcdaviddecker< at >yahoo< dot >com
June 7, 2016, Laguna Woods, CA
I received and opened the Anaconda yesterday, and I am very happy with it! You and your team produce outstanding work! The case is also very beautiful. Is the case made in Paraguay as well?
I have received the KK unit -for the custom Jumbo you are building for me- and will ship it out today to the address you specified.
Hello Renato, I've just received my custom case. It fits my guitar perfectly! I'm incredibly happy. It is such a magnificent work of art you team has created. I'll send a photo of it later tonight with the guitar for your website. Thanks again!
I wish to say a few words to readers and users of your website about my experience in purchasing a guitar from you.
Last August, I ordered for my daughter a custom-made, small-body “Sting” model guitar. *This one
*. I made various changes and additions and back-and-forth decisions as the weeks went by, and Renato patiently took care of all those changes. What has come out really is a thing of beauty, a work of art.
Initially I though of letting it sit for a few days, without playing it, so it could acclimatize itself to its surroundings, under the principle that you must not try for example a good wine immediately after it has travelled; you let it sit and compose itself from the shock it has suffered. But Natalia thought this was nonsense and tried it right away.
She was delighted, and the first thing she said was: “This is going to be *so* much more comfortable for me!”. Yes. I myself have discovered that
small body or “parlor” guitars are indeed more comfortable for many of us, not just kids.
We’ve been playing it quite a bit since then, and the sound gets better the more you play it. This beauty is getting used to her new surroundings all
right, she likes her new home and her owner, and I predict it will continue to get better and better as the years go by. It is an established fact that
guitars are temperamental, they are alive, or they come alive when you play them. Once, a few months ago, I heard Natalia say: “You know, sometimes the guitar just doesn’t want to cooperate.” And that’s so true!. This one so
far has been cooperating very nicely. Because she can feel we love her.
I congratulate Renato and the team of luthiers who created this magnificent instrument. If things continue this way, I predict I will switch
exclusively to parlor guitars in the near future.
A heartfelt thank you, Renato, to you and to your luthiers for your great work and for your patience.
mail: abacales <at>gmail<dot>com
[Sometime during the weekend, I will get around to taking a good picture of Natalia with the guitar and I’ll send it to you so you can add it to my
comments if you want]
Francisco González, Canada, Dec 16, 2015
Mark Durkin" Typhoon Guitar"
Hi Renato, well she arrived and I have spent time with her and she is all you said
she would be. Looks and sounds awesome, cant find one thing I don't like about her.
Incredible guitar, absolutely perfect and I am hard to please. Thanks mucho. I
leave for Asia in 10 days but will send you pictures and a bio as soon as I can. I
will be in Bangkok, your old hometown and will send you pics and musical updates. I
will be in Asia 6 months and will be playing music every day and marrying a
beautiful Vietnamese girl Dec 21st. Life is wonderful. Take care and keep up the
great work you are doing. Your vey appreciative
UK, markdurkin55< at >yahoo < dot >com
Mark Durkin, UK, markdurkin55< at >yahoo < dot >com
In The Holy Bible, in Philipians 4:8 is recorded the following verse: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Your website has vindicated my passion for the power of the selfless pursuit of excellence. It is its own reward. As a 60 year old living in Scottsdale, AZ, USA, my earliest memories are of listening to Segovia and Yepes. Although a child of the1960\ s I have often told my wife that if Jesus allowed me only one style of music for the rest of my days it would be that of romantic Spanish guitar. Thank you for making my day....I go forth with a deep peace...
Frank, September 2, 2015, @ 13:24, S.D.G. octigan< at >me , dot >com
The guitar arrived today at 2:00 PM. Shipping time was about 5 days - very fast from so far away. I have brought it up to pitch and am letting it acclimate to temperature and humidity conditions. We have just about reached the time for constant air conditioning in late spring in South Carolina. The workmanship is flawless and the cosmetic effect of the curly redwood against the very plain palette of the Indonesian Rosewood is striking. Of course, it is all tied together with the very rich but understated ornamentation. The indented cutaway is at once very useful and very beautiful. You were spot on concerning the action. In a couple of weeks I will lower it even more than you did. She will be a fine companion for my first Bellucci guitar, an 8 year old Brazilian Rosewood with a cedar nomex double top which is still my favorite. Be well, my friend; please don't ever stop leading your team in the creation of such beautiful instruments. Warm regards,
rbagley44 <at >sc < dot >rr < dot >com
Bob, USA, May 28, 2015, rbagley44 sc < dot >rr < dot >com
I finally received my Zebrawood guitar today and, of course, I am much more than pleased with it. This guitar has a very mellow bass presence. That rounds out the three that I have purchased from you, quite well.
As you may now know, if you in fact recall, I tend to name my guitars. I had a few preconceived notions for a name for this guitar. When I saw that you had inlayed your last name on the head of the guitar my notions changed. I will call it 'Renato', in honor of you, and I think that is altogether quite, quite fitting.
Thank you so very much, once again. My kindest regards go out to you and yours. Do be well, and very well.
Errol, renaissancelute < at >yahoo < dot >com
Errol, USA, May 21, 2015, renaissancelute < at >yahoo < dot >com
Dear Maestro Renato,
I have been a member of your Masterclasses for almost 2 years. Becoming a member was one of the most rewarding and entertaining decisions of my life.
On November 10th. 2013, my soulmate and wife (Jeannie) of 50 years passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. During the grieving process I found that by logging onto your website I have gained tremendous comfort, peace and inspiration. Learning to play some of my wife's favorite songs has brought me closer in touch with some of our most memorable occasions.