I have received the guitar. She looks great, especially the spruce top, its grain is extremely tight. The 16’’ radius finger board is much easier to play even though I have no problems with flat finger board… But it should not go beyond 16’’ unless the guitar is cutaway. Her sound is great, determined and expressive. I tried Brazilian Portrait (Powell) – her sound was sweet, then Serenata Espanola (Malats) - her sound was romantic, then part of Fugue BWV 1000 (Bach) and her sound was really determined.
I love this guitar!
More importantly, on top of all the guitars, my dear Renato, I am not sure whether I will have a chance to see you in the future or not, but in my heart, you’re always my good friend from far far away.
Bang Trang, Victoria, Australia, December 1, 2011
Muchas Gracias. Recibí la guitarra y está todo muy bien.
Es una hermosa obra de arte y un esplendoroso trabajo. Felicidades por tu obra!!
Estamos en contacto.
Un abrazo y saludos cordiales
Roberto Salinas, November 30, 2011, Mexico D.F.
The sextuple top Ziricote custom guitar you built to my specifications is now the "star" of my collection. I have always wanted a guitar built from this very rare wood and the inlay work and custom marquetry your shop put on this guitar is just breathtaking. The extra time I had to wait for it due to its complexity was well worth it. I am sure that the price I paid was only a fraction of what the so called "major makers" would charge for such a beauty -- if one could even talk them into building such a custom, one-off guitar!
Many thanks to you and your team
of artisan builders for my Ziricote beauty.
Recording Artist, Performer, Instructor
Guitar, Mandolin, Violin & Banjo
Tim Mackey, November 17 2011
I received the guitar his Monday the 14th of November. It is a beautiful work of art and sounds heavenly. I love the instrument and it's already sounding better as I play it.
Lawrence Faria, NH, USA, Nov 17, 2011
this last January is my fifth classical guitar. I have been studying guitar at the Eastman Community Music School (a division of the Eastman School of Music) for over ten years, and have attended the National Guitar Workshop Classical Summit most of those years. I have had considerable contact with professionals and have become acquainted with a number of guitar builders, and with a number of very fine guitars. I also have built a lute and a number of folk instruments (no guitars).
The Bellucci guitar is the finest one I have ever owned, and equal to or better than any other guitar I have played. It has been admired by everyone who has seen and heard it this past year, including advanced players and professionals. The construction is superb, the tone rich and powerful, and it is easy to play (640mm string length). The intonation is as perfect at possible throughout the fretboard, in contrast to my other guitars, including a Casimiro Lozano.
Dealing with you Renato is a pleasure, the guitar came right away extremely well packaged, and was exactly as described.
The guitar came brand new without any breaking in, a new experience for me. After 10 months the tone is still improving. I started noticing a big improvement after ten days (just as he promised in the instructions that came with the guitar). For those of you that have not broken in a new guitar before you should summon your patience, it is well worth while. There are ways to speed up the process: I placed the guitar in front of my studio speakers and played CD quality recordings of cello and violin music. The sustain of the bowed instruments keeps the wood, glue, and finish vibrating, which speeds the adaptation process.
If I ever want another guitar I will order a custom made one from you Renato
I can confirm that his business is legitimate. I should also mention that the United States Custom Service did not charge duty on the guitar. Renato responds quickly to email queries and I am sure that he will answer any questions you have.
With best wishes,
Donald Sade, NY USA, November 7 2011
Your guitar has finally arrived! It is beautiful and my daughter is so excited !!!
Chigusa, October 18, 2011
I recently let a professional blues guitarist play the beautiful guitar you made for me and he said it was the finest guitar he had ever played!
Indeed, it is a beauty in all respects: visually, and the quality of sound is superb.
If I had any money, I would buy another guitar from you just because...not because I need one, but just because they are beautiful and I think you do a great job.
Hope all is well.
Vicki, Sept. 27, 2011, USA
Ieri pomeriggio. L'ho disimballata e l'ho levata con cura dal suo dall'astuccio. Che dire ? Bellissima !!
Di più sarebbe sprecare parole.
Lasciata 'decantare' lei e le mie emozioni l'ho accordata. Facile da suonare, 'tenera' (non bisogna far una fatica del diavolo per i barrè inoltre le corde verso la vicino alla cassa hanno un'altezza ragionevole), tuttavia 'composta e compatta'. Adesso isogna 'svezzarla', come si fa con un bambino.
E' 'nuova', il legno ha bisogno di vibrare e vibrare.
Siamo all'inizio: il meglio di lei deve ancora arrivare ...Ho provveduto poi ad allentare le corde e metterla a riposare.Ho idea che abbia bisogno d'un po 'di tempo per 'acclimatarsi'.
Queste le primissime impressioni.
Bene, sono felice.Lunedì inizierò a suonare la mia 'bellissima ed aggraziata donna'
Un caro saluto, un abbraccio e un grazie di cuore.
Diego, Bologna Italy, Sep. 24, 2011
The guitar arrived in perfect condition. It is a beautiful instrument and Bill loves it.
Thanks so much Shelley
BC, Canada, September 22, 2011
Today I received my Gabon Ebony B & S, Lattice braced Cedar top Concert guitar.
This is really good production. Thank you. Renato, Domingo, Daniel, Miguel, Manuel. She is a perfect work of art. Beautiful sound. Perfect finish. The neck is thin and easy holding. Volume is abundant.
I will use her in an important concert this week.
Also, I will soon place a new order. Thank you very much. Big hug.
De nuevo algun dia. Adios. Gracias, Sep. 16, 2011
just received my Snakewood guitar. It looks great. Real nice action and a great sound. The construction is beautiful. Very nicely put together. DHL is the supreme shipping company, they got it here super fast! 4 business days! Thanks so much for keeping in touch. cheers. Jay
Jason, Sep. 13, 2011, RI, USA
Imagine my surprise when I got home yesterday evening to find a note from DHL on my door!
So, my boss was kind enough to let me leave early today, and I rushed home to be there when the guitar arrived.
She arrived in flawless condition -- fabulous packing. I let the guitar "sit" on a stand for a while to acclimate, although it was hard to be patient!
The guitar is most definitely the most beautiful guitar in the city. (I may be a little biased.) :-)
She is starting to hold a tune now, and sounds lovely. But my favorite thing about the guitar right now is the radiused fingerboard. Oh! Bar chords are SO much easier!
The guitar fits my hand, Renato. It feels perfect. Thank you so much!
- Feel free to use any or all of this note in your testimonials section if you want!-
Best wishes. Elisabeth, MO, USA September 9, 2011
I received my new beautiful TIGER guitar and she is just as described and shown BEAUTIFUL!
I waited to tighten the strings while she ripened to the New York humidity. Worth the wait! Cannot wait to see this "cat" mature over the next several weeks as instructed and of course, I'm sure I'll be then waiting for that 6 month to 12 month major break-in period.
Thank you so much and all the best to you and your family,
Barry Levine, NY, USA, August 2, 2011
Today I received guitar. Actually a perfect musical instrument! Each sounds of the chromatic scale is perfect and even. Harmonics are clear and brilliant. Thank you very much dear Renato.
Sergey Yashkul, July 27, 2011. Russia, Moscow
I am writing to thank you (again) for the beautiful Snakewood guitar that I purchased in January. I have now been playing her almost six months and continue to be enthralled by how easy she is to play and by how beautiful she sounds. She has now performed in a number of recitals and master classes, at the Eastman School in Rochester, NY, where I am a student in the Community Education Division (now the Eastman Community Music School), and at the National Guitar Workshop in New Milford, CT, from which I have just returned. In March she performed in a recital of original compositions. My contribution was a guitar solo, "Melkor's Salvation" inspired by Tolkien's "The Silmarillian." I also sang three folk songs with original accompaniment for guitar and flute. My composition instructor was amazed by the wonderful tone of the guitar: she had heard me perform a number of times on my old guitar, a Casimiro Lozano that I really like, but that now sounds harsh in contrast to the Snakewood guitar. My vocal instructor mentioned a number of times how perfectly the new guitar matches and complements the voice, in contrast to guitars she has heard me play before. My son, now a surgical resident in Vermont.
I also played her in a guitar ensemble led by my instructor, Petar Kodzas, and in two of his studio recitals. I played Elegia (Morreno-Torroba) and Capricho Àrabe. The 640 mm string length made the latter piece so much easier for me than on my old guitar.
Several professional classical guitarists have now tried the snakewood, and, in addition to universally admiring the beauty of the construction, have admired the playability, the perfect intonation throughout the fretboard, and the tone: rich but mellow, and powerful. I find that the expressiveness of my playing has improved considerably over the last six months thanks to the responsiveness of the instrument.
Last week I had the great privilege of playing in masterclasses and in a recital at the National Guitar Workshop in New Milford, CT. It was an honor to play Villancico de Navidad for Berta Rojas, as well as other works for Martha Masters and Julian Gray. They were struck by the beauty and playability of the snakewood guitar. When Berta saw that the guitar was made by you she said: "Ah, Renato!" Several of the students at the workshop were also most impressed. You may hear from at least one.
Several of the comments on your web site refer to the inspiration one receives from you guitars: Let me agree that this guitar is an inspiration to play and, according to the comments I have received, an inspiration to hear.
With very best wishes,
Donald Sade, July 24, 2011