in the color that comes to mind when you are a kid and you are told to color the trunk of a tree. Brown
is the color of wood by default. As I started to build concert guitars, I have come to use many different species of woods and I have come to the conclusion that "Brown
" is not necessarily
the default color of wood. Having used over 50 species to build guitars makes me a legitimate authority in the matter. One thing is sure though: when searching for the color Brown, the Rosewoods
family of trees are typically the species to sift through. A vast array of Browns can be found among Brazilian, African, Indian, Indonesian and Bolivian (Pau Ferro) & Paraguayan Rosewoods (AKA Palosanto). All types of different grains
are also present in the species. All the way from homogeneous browns of different depth to swirly and highly figured sets. Soundwise, they all rank very high. Brazilian Rosewood
has been attributed the highest scores but the other members of this sought after species are not to be neglected. The speculation surrounding the Brazilian species and the difficulties associated with trading the wood have made it the target of immense abuse and, although the wood is definitely a great tone wood, it is also true that it is not worth the hustle often associated with getting the best sets. I like to call the Bellucci guitar models built using any of the Rosewoods as "Segovia Model"
. These are instruments inspired in the legendary Andalusian guitarist playing and sound. Mid to heavy built instruments using the Hauser frame and using a vast array of tops ranging from Spruce, Cedar, Redwood and Kingwood. This type of guitar is what made it possible for Andres Segovia to produce the superlative sound he was so famous for; a sound that cannot be reproduced in today hybrid construction methods. I offer the Segovia model using many different species for the top: Spruce
(Italian, German, Engelmann, Sitka), Cedar
, Sinker Redwood
and many more. Feel free to contact me for further information regarding the "Segovia Model". S.D.G.