The indented cutaway is both very beautiful and extremely useful. It requires the highest level of luthery to be made and when it comes to playability, it allows the player to access the F# on fret 14 with amazing ease thus covering the 14 most used frets in the classical guitar.
The 9-braces Hauser fan is the result of many years of experimenting. It is based on Torres 4 fan brace design which was later developed by the German luthier Hermann Hauser. The braces act as sound vibrations highways. They carry the vibration of each string to a specific spot on the soundboard. The variations on the 9 braces fan is enormous. The Luthier taylors each fan to achieve a specific sound and match the instrument with the rest of the woods used in the construction. I often use a mixture of Cedar, Spruce and Mahogany to achieve the best separation of voices. When I add the extra transversal strut in the Rodriguez style, it enhances the sound of treble string enormously.
The armrest prevents the forearm to interfere with the vibration of the top thus adding a few extra decibels to the instrument. Plus it looks great !
Bellucci guitars are decorated using marvelous wood marquetry to enhance all her lines and put an accent on specific parts of the construction. The marquetry requires anywhere between 35 & 90 hours of highly skilled labor to be inlayed throughout the guitar. It is made entirely by hand using knives that each luthier typically manufactures himself. It takes the guitar to unsuspected levels of beauty. The marquetry also constitutes an often critical point of release of tension which is caused by the constant expanding and contracting of the woods used in guitar construction. These are due to such factors such as humidity and ambience temperature.
The Violin tie type of anchoring allows the top to vibrate generously and it also translates in ease of play for the right hand that finds the string ready under the fingertip at lightning speed.
Some Sets for either the Back and Sides, for the Top or both can be quite stunning and rare when it comes to the figure and grain that they display. It is as if nature, knowing the final destiny of its creature, "prepared" the wood in such a way that its grain, hidden to the human eye and to the world, silently develops a breathtaking beauty that comes to life when the dead tree is sawn. Getting the same identical figure is practically speaking impossible but I strive at getting figured wood that resembles and transmits the same vital impression as the one here depicted
Carbon Fiber is stronger than an equivalent volume of steel. The Carbon fiber truss rod prevents neck twisting and/or bending due to the excessive tension that many modern brands of strings bring about. It adds practically no weight to the construction and will keep your neck straight for ages.
The Bellucci Triple Neck Reinforcement (Maple-Rosewood-Maple) adds beauty and resilience to the neck allowing us to build it slim and when coupled to the Carbon Fiber Truss rod or the Adjustable Truss Rod, it ensures a beautiful and straight neck for several generations no matter what string tension or brand you use.
The amazing skill required to embed pearl & abalone in tiny pieces of Ebony is simply stunning. The beauty of an otherwise neglectable part of the construction, suddenly comes to life.
Typically, when I decorate the rosette with Pearl and Abalone, I match the work with touches of both Pearl & Abalone on the Bridge and/or on the accompanying Violin tie.
The Ultralight Travel Case is a very sturdy and extremely light case that protects the guitar very well while allowing the player to carry the instrument without adding more weight than strictly necessary. It is covered in black plush inside and has 2 pockets on the outside and an accessories compartment on the inside. 2 Straps to carry it on the back as a backpack or over the shoulder.
The Mother of Pearl and Abalone inlay work adds amazing beauty to an
already stunning guitar. It takes innumerable hours and very specialized
hands and tools to create each inlay work. The average number of hours
invested is approximately 150 hours.
The Bellucci Limited Edition logo and label will be assigned to guitars I
build using extremely rare and amazingly figured woods in the
construction for both the back and sides and/or the top. These sets are
selected among hundreds of sets and their price is significantly higher
that the standard figured counterparts. 7 of the world best "wood
hunters" all the way from South East Asia, Oceania, Africa and the
Americas are constantly on the lookout to provide me with some amazing
sets for the Limited Edition series.
Adding Pearl and Abalone to the Wood rosette adds a touch of beauty to one of the most spectacular parts of the guitar. The Pearl in the rosette is accompanied by a matching touch of Pearl & Abalone on the bridge
Radiused or flat fingerboard? The radiused fingerboard has been around the acoustic and the electric guitar since day one. The same is true for most instruments of the Stringed family of instruments (violas, violins cellos, bass). Radiusing makes barre and left hand stopping a lot easier. The only drawback is that you will never want to play a flat fingerboard after that. The standard fingerboard is flat.