I have now had the lattice braced cutaway for three weeks and have set up the action to suit myself.
I am absolutely delighted with her
You said to let you choose the woodsI (Indonesian rosewood and sinker redwood top)and you are right she is awesome!
I was prepared to lose some character in the basses with the lattice bracing but have lost nothing.In fact I have gained. They are tremendous with a gutteral woody sound which I love.The mids and troubles are nothing short of fantastic and ring and chime like bells,even at the higher registers.The balance volume and separation are brilliant and the sustain lasts for 10 seconds after playing a chord.She seems to improve in sound and volume by the day.
Due to the vibration through the guitar when playing,you feel at one with the instrument and you do not want to put her down.If you place the end of a fingernail on the top when playing ,it actually bounces with the vibration around the bridge area.When tuning her each string seems to increase in volume as you hit concert pitch.
I can honestly say that had I ordered this guitar from one of the top end Aussie luthiers I would not have expected to better the
tone that the Belluci produces.You guys really know your stuff.She also looks great and is beautifully built.
I have a recording of Xufei Yang playing the Bach 101 presto and the sound of my Bellucci is very similar to her Smallman on the recording which is a terrific compliment to your craftsmanship.
My one criticism ,and this is my fault,is that the armrest for me could be 50mm longer towards the violin tie because I find that my arm is quite often half on and half off when playing.I should have specified this at order stage.
The leather embossed case has attracted much comment as has the guitar itself.
I will be 70 in two months time and I will treasure this guitar for my remaining years.
Please pass my comments to the guys in the workshop.Keep up the good work and all my best wishes for the future.
Bert, USA April 29, 2014
The Ziricote guitar arrived yesterday and I am impressed by the beauty of all the fine marquetry, wood grain, and colors, simply exquisite. I have been playing it for several hours already and it is smooth and easy to play, very nice. I like its unique sound and it resonates well. However it is not as powerful and deep as I had hoped for. I usually play my 1977 Masahito Oshita, Brazilian Jacaranda with Bavarian Spruce top, a guitar designed by the late classical master Seiko Sesoko. It is still deep, rich,and powerful, but it is becoming it bit fragile with a couple of small cracks, which is why I wanted a new guitar. I will give the Ziricote a chance to open up a bit more and see what sounds she can really produce and maybe I will fall in love with her too.
Please give my thanks to the luthier who made this guitar and thanks to you as well.
Sincerely, Charles, Temecula, CA, February 26, 2014
My 10-strings guitar is now a little older than 3 years and sounding
better than ever! I've placed a number of pictures of it on my
page on newmyspace.com and added a number of recordings made with
it. I'm working on recording Debussy's Reverie in 2 parts which
will be note-for-note authentic to the piano score.
Hope the new year will bring more good things to you!
Steve, December 31, 2013, Sweden
I wrote a concerto for two guitars and string quartet in honor of the
two guitars I have from you: Adán y Eva in three movements. It is
available on my website.
With best wishes to you and your family.
Donald, USA, Dec. 22, 2013
Happy Birthday for tomorrow :-)
Just wanted to let you know that Dan's guitar has arrived safely, I opened the crate to check all was ok and she is stunning....I really can't wait to give it to Dan on the 26th.
Thank you again,
Amanda, Australia, Dec. 16, 2013
I got my guitar yesterday !
It's Great !!
My friends are very interested in her. I will introduce her to my guiter friends tomorrow.
Thank you very much !
Takashi Yonetsuhukami, Dec 10, 2013
They say a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
I will get hours and hours of enjoyment playing this beauty. I played last night and it makes a huge difference the 615 mm
and the curved fingerboard.
Thanks once again for everything,
Roy, November 18, 2013
I just wanted to tell you how beautiful my friend Jimmy's flamenco Primavera with lattice bracing turned out . Also it sounds outstanding it has a punch when you need it and warm when you let up on it a little great job you should be proud of that instrument. While that makes five instruments I have gotten for people including my two I have now on this Island. I will keep you up-dated on the sound of Jimmy's guitar as it settles in in a few months.
Mike, Hawaii, October 2, 2013
Sono Gaetano, come va? Qui tutto bene. La chitarra e molto bella, la tastiera e molto fluida e morbida. Davvero un capolavoro. Un grandissimo saluto.
Gaetano, Italia, September 21, 2013.
I received my guitar last week. She looks beautiful !
Naomi, July 15, 2013, Columbia, MD, USA
Next Thursday, I will be offering my first guitar concert. I wanted to share the news with you, because you were my first guitar teacher. I thank you for having given this opportunity to me. I thank you for helping me in persevering and for the love and outstanding education you had in store for me. I will cherish those years for the rest of my life... they were the happiest years of my life. If there's anything you'd like to share with me before the concert, please feel free to do so.
A big Hug and thank you.
Guitar received and she is indeed beautiful. Thank you very much! All I have to do now is improve my playing!
Steve, Poole, United Kingdom, July 2, 2013
I recieved her today! Very nice. The full cutaway is much easier to reach up. Feels real nice. The wood is awesome, you chose well, I really like the look, nice job! I believe you got everything just right!
Thank you greatly!
Brett Strawn, CO, USA, June 25, 2013
Erin is settling in nicely. The two woods really produce a fantastic sound. The Lord's Blessings.
Jeri, Fenton MI, USA, email@example.com, June 13, 2013
In trying to think of her name, I couldn't settle on any one, though Kim is simple and elegant. Her beauty is so natural and balanced. OMG the marquetry belongs in the Louvre when combined with that rosette. You are the MASTER of details in guitar production, like no one I've ever imagined.
Kim is awesome, and I'm amazed that the volume is so high already, without the doble tapa. That Hauser bracing must really bring out her voice nicely.
She's more than I expected, and yet exactly what I expected, since from you, from the very first email response you gave me, the response, tone, and artistry has always been divine in it's symmetry, more than I would have hoped for, and exactly what I needed at that time, therefore it's not surprising to see details like the marquetry reflecting the color scheme of my first Bellucci, but in a more grown-up, educated way, which would reflect my reasons for ordering her.
Utterly superb. The closer I look, the more I see of God in your work, without losing the humanity of Renato. Thank you SO much.
Jack Mibeck, Cleveland, USA, June 8 2013