I started to teach myself to read and play 6 years ago. Where I live in South Africa near the famous Kruger National Park there are no guitar (music) teachers so it has been hard. since I stumbled onto Renato's website (through my love of Barrios ) what help and inspiration has entered my life! From the fantastic masterclasses to all the other help and wisdom one can glean from Renato's experience my confidence and ability and the way I think about my playing has improved in leaps and bounds. Now I am not alone on my quest. Thanks Renato!
I was having my guitar lesson today, and am working on Barrios' Vals Op 8 No 4. Using your guitar, as I have been for the past few weeks (was using one of my other guitars for lessons prior to that, with 650 scale). But more often than not, I return to your guitar because it is such a good fit to my smaller hands (640 scale). I also love the radiused neck. My teacher looked at your guitar again, and he said he was really quite impressed. She looks so pretty and the sound has just gotten better over the past year as it has opened up. And he said I get a sweet sound with my delicate touch (I'll take a compliment when I can get it!).
I do think playing guitar is not so very different than singing. And I love feeling the guitar, and how it resonates when I play big "fat" chords. It has a good home and is well loved.
I do really enjoy the guitar, and wanted to tell you.
You're the best! Thank you.
Karen Ackoff, South Bend, Indiana USA, May 2, 2013
I have received my custom guitar today, it is really beautiful guitar! I am very satisfied your great job. I feel this guitar is very easy to play, so I have got an illusion that I became better player :-)
Thanks so much for your good job.
Regards, Hiroshi Katsumoto, May 2, 2013, Japan
You have helped me to realize something wondrous after only 40 minutes. I have learned to play a piece of music! You have done more for me in 40 minutes of instruction that a 10 week course ever did!
You changed my life. With your masterpiece, I can see visions of myself actually playing music I'd always thought impossible. The custom masterpiece you sent me made me believe in believing again.
Thank you so much.
My guitar arrived safely on 5/13. The guitar looks absolutely beautiful. I love the guitar case, too.
Thank you so much for making me happy.
Yuki Sahara, May 16, 2016, Brooklyn NY, USA
Some weeks ago I received my new guitar Indian Rosewood Cedar Top (#1267). This awesome guitar can follow all my creative ideas. She has so looong and deeep vibrato , so rich basses! She is so comfortable for right and left hands!!
Now you can find photos and sound of this guitar on my web-site www.nemeraksenia.musicaneo.com
I performed Prelude at my old Cordoba. I played Some Galaxy and Medieval Dance at my new Indian Rosewood.Its really huge difference!
I am looking forward to perform and record all my music with wonderful Bellucci guitar.
THANK YOU !!!
Andrei, Oxford MA, USA, April 30, 2013
I have had the guitar for a few weeks now. I wanted to play it extensively before I reported back to you. Frankly, I am still stunned! Not only by the guitar but by your caring and generous nature.
The guitar arrived without incident-not a scratch. The top is perfect, back and sides beautiful, the back is spectacular, the sound hole rosette is superb. The radiused neck and 640mm scale allow me to more easily play difficult passages. The 20 fret neck is grand. Takes a little getting used to but I like it. Besides its beauty, I was pleasantly surprised by the tone. You would expect a Spruce top to be bright and edgy, but this guitar has a mysterious dark round sound that’ s especially noticeable in positions 7-10 in the basses and also in the treble and basses in the lower positions. . Must be the Ziricote(?) The sound is mellow like a cedar top. Totally surprising and very desirable. What can I say? I love it!
It always amazes me in a different way every time I take it out of the case. When this guitar ages and “opens up” it will be amazing.
Thank you very much for all of your efforts on my behalf. I am retiring in 5 weeks and am looking forward to many countless hours with this beauty.
By the way how much do I owe you for the gig bag it shipped in?
Tim, Thomasvill, GA, USA, April 18,2013
I am absolutely astounded at how beautiful she is and such a work of art. She is unbelievably gorgeous, so I am so grateful for how perfect you have matched what I had in mind to a work of art.
I am absolutely thankful and happy with the way she looks. THANK YOU!
3 hours ago, I went ahead and brought the pitch up to a whole step flat. I'll probably wait at least 24 hours before I bring the tension all the way up to standard tuning.
So to my point and without disrespecting my other guitars, I have to say this is the absolutely the best classical guitar I have ever played in my entire life. The tone and especially the sustain are simply phenomenal and she is only a few weeks old. My original Cocobolo doesn't even sound this good and she is 7 years old. And my flamed Cocobolo is beautiful but she will probably never get to that level of sound. So that's why I had to mention with all due respect to my other guitars, because I simply cannot put into words how I appreciate this guitar so much.
I have had many moments in my life playing pieces and getting into the zone and really feeling passionate about the music and guitar I was playing. But I have never actually come to the point of being so happy with a guitar.
I went through my preludes like Barrios's in Cm and Bach's Prelude 1 and his Cello Prelude 1 and quite a few other pieces, and I just cannot express how grateful I am for this guitar and how she sounds already.
I just cannot believe the tone and especially the sustain. I can only imagine how she will sound in over time.
As you know, I pretty much say what I mean. So I really never get too emotional about things and glorify them unless I really mean it. But I mean these sentiments whole heartedly. I finally have the guitar of my dreams at 45, which I never thought I would actually ever really find and have in my possession.
So thank you very much for such a wonderful guitar.
THANK YOU so much!
Steven Marshall, Chicago, IL, USA April 12, 2013
Yesterday my new addition arrived. She is magnificent. Still waiting tto tune her - she had a long trip. But she is incredibly beautiful. You are truly a master.
Thank you again.
Don, April 10-2013, Galena, MD USA
I am loving playing Bella (that is her name).
My scotties really gave the new guitar and crate a good snif...Bella's crate is ike a passport and almost a work of art.
Sara Hinderer, Midland, MI USA April 7-2013
The guitar arrived today. Bill is playing it now and the Sor studies sound great. It is a really beautiful instrument both in sound and looks. The Mother of Pearl is amazing on this guitar. We love it.
Thanks so much
Shelley, BC Canada, March 15 2013,
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to tell you that the beautiful lady arrived safely this afternoon. The packaging was outstanding, and the case is amazing. But the guitar left me speechless.
She is gorgeous!
I will tell you more about her later. It is not polite to let a beautiful lady waiting.
Many, many thanks.
My biggest hug,
Don, MD, USA, March 10, 2013
Recibí la guitarra en perfectas condiciones. Quiero agradecerte por tu magnifico trabajo, es una hermosa guitarra eres todo un profesional. Estamos a tus ordenes aquí en Ciudad Juárez Chihuahua México tienes tu casa.
Jorge Rodriguez, March 7, 2013, Mexico
First of all let me relay how wonderful I think your site is. It really has not only improved my playing but kept me motivated to keep going!