I've shown the guitar to some friends, all working guitar playing musicians.
The response from all of them has been the same. Upon opening the case - DEAD SILENCE! - all of them, they all just stared at it for a while, then comments, 'work of art' - 'wow' - 'that is beautiful', just kind of overwhelmed at the first sight of the instrument.
Just thought you'd like to hear that. By the way, that new Sinker Redwood - Cocobolo guitar is absolutely gorgeous!
Jim LaValle, April 8,2012 USA
The guitar arrived yesterday and it is 'ABSOLUTELY STUNNING'!
Last night I played her for a few hours and what a pleasure it was. The tonal qualities are 'to die for'. I'm at a loss of words and can't wait to show her off.
The whole experience was excellent from start to finish. The communication, speed of shipping and packing was superior, the best part was opening the case for the first time.Renato,
The guitar sounds so great now, it is difficult to comprehend that it will only get better but I know that will be the case.
One last thought in passing, it occurred to me last night. When you compare a Ramirez or a Conde or whatever, they look pretty much the same. When I look through your online galleries at the many different woods, violin ties, radiuses fretboard, indented cutaway and new ideas that you have brought to the purist world of the classical guitar, it occurred to me that you have brought a never before seen 'sense of style' to the instrument and realized how much of an innovator you truly are.
Best of luck to you and I will sing the praises of the Bellucci guitar. I'm having a hard time seeing me play my other guitar any longer and I could see where I will have another Bellucci sometime in the future.
Jim LaValle, FL, USA, March 31, 2012
This morning I took my Bellucci guitar in the Heritage Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, MI. I wanted to show my friends your quality of workmanship. I worked with the owners when I was working at Gibson. They were impressed with the guitar, case and your website.
Thank you, everything is in order.
James, March 27, 2012, MI, USA
I received the guitar today and am overjoyed. She is beautiful. I tuned her up and have been playing for an hour. The tone is so balanced! The sound is very good. Her volume is loud, but is always in balance. Is that resulting from the Violin tailpiece?
The bridge saddle appears to be perfectly straight.
The finish is so fine it looks like she is wet. My daughter was impressed with the diamonds. Maybe when my nails grow, and some of the rust comes off my fingers, I will get my 14 year old son to show me how to upload a video onto YOUTUBE and send it to you.
After a few days she should get accustomed to being in New Orleans and should sound even better. Humidity is no problem here. We have too much of it. I might want to start playing concerts at the Church again.
David, LA USA, March 24, 2012
We just received your beautiful instrument today and Michael immediately fell in Love. I could not think of a more wonderful gift to give as a token of my love for Michael. It is magnificent, Michael was at a loss for words, and just couldn't believe how beautiful she already felt and sounded.. He will be contacting you soon to thank you personally. The love and care that went into this Guitar is evident in every element. Thank you.
Wishing you all the Best,
Mireille and Michael , NY USA, March 24, 2012
This is to let you know that my Guitar arrived here in Vicksburg, MI today March 22 at 3:50pm. Everything was in excellent shape.
I am still looking it over cosmetically (which is beautiful) and listening to the sound and comparing it to my Contreras guitar (1978) which has a lot of cracks in the back and top but it still sounds very good.
I will let you know what I will learn about my new guitar. So far I love the feel of the neck
I love the playing action. The craftsmanship of the construction is very professional.
Thank you so much for your prompt service. It was very professional.
James, March 22. 2012 , MI USA
I put new strings on my new guitar, and oh my! The sound is lovely!
I wanted to thank you for the very good instructions you sent. I was nervous about putting strings on with the violin tie and getting the knots to hold. I used the beads and followed your instructions and the strings held without any problem at all.
And rest assured I am keeping her humidified, as per your instructions. I check the humidifier every few days.
I love her and play her often. I played many years ago, and then did not play for about 20 years. I am taking lessons again and enjoying it very much. I took my guitar this week to my lesson, and my instructor liked it very much, commenting on how low the action is. My only complaint is that I play so much, my fingers get sore!
I have also received many compliments on the case.
Karen, USA, March 14, 2012
I wanted to let you know that I received my guitar today, safe and sound. It is truly a magnificent instrument. The workmanship is simply amazing.
The different woods used, the bindings and the rosette are unbelievable. I played if for my wife Karla, and she just loved the beauty of the sound that she heard.
The tones produced were so clean and clear. I couldn't be more pleased with this guitar. Even the case for the guitar is beautiful.
It is the absolutely the best birthday present that I have ever received.
Now that I've experienced for myself the high quality of instruments that you build and seeing what possibilities that you have to offer, I suspect that I will be ordering a custom instrument from you sometime in the future.
Chris Podlaskowski, Ruby, MI USA, March 14, 2012
I received the Custom guitar & it is an absolute beauty, but much more important, it has a beautiful musical sound & tone. I absolutely love it. My hat off to you & your luthiers. This guitar is a work of art. It was well worth the wait.
Now, I can, therefore I say THANK YOU!!
Jose, March 9, 2012, Miramar, FL, USA
I have just taken delivery ( last week) of my second Bellucci guitar. It was packed with care and delivered very efficiently thank you
It is even more beautiful than my first ( bought in 2010) and sounds brighter and is more responsive
I love them both. Keep up your excellent work
Geoff, Bradford UK, March 6 2012
I received my new guitar recently, my "rose". Because of different climatic conditions between our two countries, I haven't been able to tune her up until this morning.
She is so beautiful! And she already sings with a most incredible voice, the voice of an angel. If I could imagine a guitar that would be worthy of serving as a tribute to my Maria, this would have to be it. Thank you so much for building such a wonderful instrument. I can feel my wife's loving presence every time I play it. The rose you had painted on the headstock for me is amazing! It looks different in every light and from every angle. Because of the textures created by the skillful hand of the artist (Liz), there is an effect that shows as tiny water droplets on the petals. I've never seen anything like this before, and I've seen many works of art. The grain displayed by the Tasmanian Blackwood is spectacular, and together with the color of the Alpine Spruce of the top and the Purple Heart wood binding and the matching rose, this guitar is truly a work of art. I know that she will draw the attention of many hearts when I begin to play her in church on Sundays. She is a feast for the ears, the eyes, and the soul. Renato my brother, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
Please feel free to use my words above on your website if you like. You deserve every compliment. Also, please forward this to Liz and give her a hug for me. Also, please thank anyone else who might have been involved in building this guitar for me.
Sincerely, Charles, Barrie ON, Canada, March 3, 2012
what beautiful guitars they are ! I saw they were beautiful, but they are more beautiful than I could see. The wood, the craft, the details... very embraceable.
Thanks. Really. It's special to be in touch with so nice an artistic and personal creation of yours, Be sure I can appreciate it.
Brenno, March 2, 2012, São Paulo, Brazil
My student, Alyssa Iulanetti, received her guitar last Sunday, and is very happy with it! I saw it on Friday, at her lesson; it is a beautiful instrument. Thank you for taking good care of her.
Her purchase may inspire some other students to purchase one in the future, as most are now playing student level instruments.
John Dragonetti, Feb 27, 2012, NJ, USA
My guitar arrived this morning. I did not have a chance to unpack it and tune it up until this evening. It has a lovely, sweet sound and is very easy to play - very nice, low action. I do very much like the radiused fretboard and the 640mm scale. The cutaway is also a very nice feature.
I find that the treble has a warm, singing voice (I do like cedar soundboards!), and the is bass strong. It is a beautiful guitar and has a good home with me. Thank you for your support in helping me choose both the guitar and specific features (such as the violin tie end and armrest). You have been lovely and helpful.
I just got finished spending over an hour with my new Bellucci guitar. The strings are stretching out and the guitar is sounding wonderful! And it is so easy to play! Wonderful action and very responsive. If anything, the sound has grown "warmer" in just an hour! I think the guitar and I are a good match!
I did not comment in my previous email, but the case is very nice, and well padded -- a good fit.
Thank you, dear sir, for a wonderful guitar!
Karen, February 23 , 2012, Indiana, USA
First, I wanted to say “Thank you” to you and your outstanding Luthiers. I am extremely happy, this guitar is incredible!
Before deciding to purchase from you I read through the testimonials, and it was easy to see a definite pattern in what people had to say about your guitars. As I zealously read through them, I could feel a thread of satisfaction that I can happily say I now share. Although it has been several weeks since I received my guitar, and though I’ve played it nearly every day, it still feels like the first time when it comes out of the case and I hold it in my hand. I always end up rubbing my palm across the curves of the sides before playing and it’s become a very satisfying ritual.
There is not much more to say that wouldn’t involve some form of repeating how great this guitar is and how happy I am with my purchase. But if you share my email and others are reading through testimonials as I once did, and are wondering about making such a large purchase online with an unknown company, or about the service and support or integrity of Bellucci guitars; I can say first hand that you will be happy with your decision to own a Bellucci.
Ken – Izmir, Izmir-Turkey, February 22, 2012