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.
Bob, USA, May 28, 2015, rbagley44
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, USA, May 21, 2015, renaissancelute < at >yahoo < dot >com
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.
Thank you and God bless you.
Robert, USA, March 3, 2015
The Tiger arrived a few days ago... and in perfect order.
This guitar is a man-sized instrument; seeming to favor the larger size of the several Brazilian guitars that friends of mine purchased when we were in Uruguay. This is an amazingly handsome instrument with beautiful detail, carefully executed. After we got to "know" each other a bit, the Tiger plays nicely; sounds both deep and rich/high and bright. I sense that, as she ages, her sound will constantly improve.
'Am impressed with the face; which appears to be of a relatively thinner and finer aspect. Yet the face, as well as the rest of the guitar is very solid... and weighs accordingly. I get the impression that the added overall weight, coupled with extensive underwork beneath the face, (which I have not tried to see with a mirror, nor attempted to feel through the sound opening) add strength and depth to the sounds produced by the strings, bridge and face. I wish that the tiger stripes would show on the finger board like they do on the bridge... but it wouldn't do, of course, to put such a finish on the finger board. All of the mosaic is beautifully done in various colors, set off by accompanying borders. I especially like the subtle red border around the top, around and up the back, and up the neck.
I can see and feel the extra protection the plush white lining provides. The leather case is very attractive and unusual. I grew up in Phoenix Arizona and saw a lot of Mexican leatherwork, hand-tooled with the same type of designs. It appears that the decoration on the case is machine pressed, but with the same unique artistic flare of Mexico Latin America.
I wonder why the placard on the inside of the guitar does not specify Asuncion Paraguay as the place of origin of the guitar. Paraguay is out-of-the-way country that must be a country of unique romance and adventure; after all, it is the home of Renato Bellucci... and who knows how may other aficionados!
Thank you, Sir, for this precious treasure.
Carl, Monett, MO, March 20, 2015
This is to inform you that my beautiful cocobolo/cedar guitar is a true joy. She looks wonderful. Her sound grows more mellow each time I play her. I keep her in a humicase where the RH is 50% or more. I call her "sweetness", and I am daily more glad to have her. Your luthiers have a reason to be very proud of their product.
Please accept my thanks to you and your luthiers.
Charles, Arvada, CO, December 30, 2014, crcolabella < at >verizon < dot >net
I received guitar today. Thank you. This guitar is very gorgeous. I will keep her always.
Thank you very match Renato. Hugs!
Hisao Arai, Japan, October 31, 2014
Just got thru playing my masterpiece guitar you made for me 2 years ago. The tone is getting better all the time.
Have attached photos of my "guitar wall" and a close up of yours.
God Bless you and your family.
Tim, Tigard, OR, August 22, 2014, stringmusician < at > yahoo < dot > com
I received the guitar, and I must say, it is gorgeous. The looks are incredibly beautiful, especially the f-sound holes and the beautiful wood.
Talk to you later.
Cipriano, New Mexico, US, August 21, 2014
Just wanted to let you know that the latest Bellucci addition to my collection arrived safe and sound yesterday.
I cannot believe how stunning the wood looks in real life (and the photos were pretty damn good too). I have only had time for the shortest of chances to play her and I can tell already that this guitar is going to be a classic. Again, I thank you and you and your team for this masterpiece.
Richard, London, UK, August 20, 2014
The guitar has arrived and she is a lovely treasure, a pleasure to behold and play!
Everything works perfectly, no damage, and no fret or sound issues.
I've even recorded a small excerpt with it already:
Overall, I'm quite excited and very happy to welcome this beauty. I look forward to much enjoyment with her.
Joe, Huntsville, Alabama, August 6, 2014
I received the Jupiter Guitar about a month ago and it is out of this world. I will not be seeing my niece for about a week or so she will be heading to school shortly after and she will be surprised when she gets back, I assure you. I couldn't help not tuning it up and playing a it little myself. She and I will have some fun while she is here. God bless and will stay in touch.
Gary Enen, Montana, July 29, 2014
It was just a little over a year ago that my guitar arrived. Erin was a Lapacho B/S with Port Orford
Cedar top. Just want you to know that she has maintained terrific sound through out her entire range, but as she has aged she has attained a absolutely wonderful tab tone. She is everything I had hoped for. Bravo to your great staff. Carry on the great gift that the Lord has given to you.
With much graditude,
Jeri Neiman, Fenton, MI, June 24, 2014
I received the guitar on Monday (Tasmanian Blackwood B/S - Small Body). It arrived safe and sound just like the others. The shipping box is second to none.
The body is somewhat smaller in size than I thought it would be, however, the sound is quite a bit larger than I thought it would be. It really projects quite well considering its size, you are not giving up much in overall sound. The tone is just fantastic as well as the intonation, it really does sound great. The resonance was another positive surprise, I wasn't expecting it to resonate so well, especially in the upper registers. I guess that speaks to the combination of the Tasmanian Blackwood and the really tight grained Cedar top. I'm wondering just how great it will sound once the woods have some time to open up.
The scale size suits my hands. I've really struggled with the stretches I've come across in classical music on a 630, 640 scale guitar let alone a 650 scale guitar.
Jim LaValle, June 19, 2014
I just got her. She is truly amazing, I can't put her down! Thank you so much!
Chris Kassawat, Orange, CA, June 9, 2014
I just wanted to let you know that the guitar has arrived here in perfect order.
Thank you it sounds great and I will enjoy playing it for many years to come.
All the best Dimitri.
Dimitri, Australia, May 2, 2014