Dan Flickstein is Bellucci Guitars best customer. I can also say that he is a cherished friend. He possesses Bellucci Guitars greatest and largest collection totaling 12 breathtaking instruments. 11 including this amazing African Padauk Florentine cutaway, and 1 that is being constructed as I write this. You can see a beautiful picture of Dan surrounded by his Bellucci guitars collection HERE>>. His amazing creativity has allowed me to build some truly masterpiece instruments and I am confident in assuring that Dan's is one of the best guitars collections in the world. Thanks dear friend for allowing my firm to build these masterpieces for you throughout the years. God bless ! African Padauk has a tremendous punch. It finishes beautifully and works very well with both Spruce and Cedar tops. Sinker Redwood is also a great alternative wood for the top. The Florentine cutaways makes playing much easier and gives the instrument an elegant look that sets her apart from the rest. The Turtle shell linings add beauty and enhance her tremendous lines. African Padauk was used to decorate the top and bottom of the inlayed fingerboard, the violin tie and the armrest. She carries a Carbon fiber truss rod to ensure that she can withstand the tension of all types of string gauges and tensions.
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.
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 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 !
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.
Bellucci Guitars wear some of the best tuners available on the market. Schaller, Gotoh & Waverly. All models are Gold plated and are designed to last for a lifetime.
Bellucci Guitars Hauser Bracing enters the "Special" category because unlike the German Master, I use a combination of different woods for the bracing depending on the wood employed for the back and sides. Spruce, Cedar & Mahogany are the species I use most.
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 Ultralight Travel Case Ideal for Shipping (Included) 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.