1- Velvet cover
This beauty started as a dream which I was challenged to make into reality. She had a name, Aphelia, even before I received the first set of wood to make her. She was inspired by my good friend Erik Heinrich. Erik started passing me the specs of what he considered to be a perfect guitar and together, we discussed and jotted down each and every detail of this amazing beauty. Although we first started thinking of a Purple Heart B&S, we soon moved to African Bubinga and decided to build both a Purple Heart and an African Bubinga B&S with slightly different specs and configurations. African Bubinga is a tropical Tonewood which abounds in Equatorial Africa and the most amazing characteristic of this tropical species is that it appears under different appearances: pommel, waterfall, flamed (like the one here) and quilted among others. I think I have built with all these varieties and they all deliver stunning instruments. I coupled this amazing set of African Bubinga was coupled to a stunning Italian Spruce top. This is he wood Antonio Stradivarius used to build his legendary violins. Decorating her had to be a one in million feat and the rosette is one of its most amazing features. She's made using 8 different varieties of roots and burls. Playability and sound had to be perfect. 630mm was the scale we decided upon. Proceeded to make her a Doubletop and a Lattice brace. We added a radiused fingerboard and an elevated fingerboard. These elements work in conjunction with the armrest and violin tie. They are designed to bring out one of the best sound you can wish for in a classical guitar. In Romance, you can appreciate her clarity the main voice and the sustained bass. Vibrato comes out very easy thanks to the radiuses fingerboard and the tight 630mm action. In Asturias you can flavor her punch and marvelous separation of voices. She is so easy to play that you feel as though you are cheating. I mounted a 4-band EQ/Digital tuner by Artec to make her even more versatile. I cannot recall how many times the onboard electronics have come in handy. The elevated fingerboard is yet another one of Bellucci guitars innovations in classical guitar construction. When it is coupled with the Violin tie, it adds a freedom to the top to vibrate fully allowing for a wider palette of "tone colors". This African Bubinga masterpiece ranks among Bellucci guitars all-time best instruments to date, indeed, a glorious way to close an indeed glorious 2017. S.D.G.