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.