WHOA!! I got my Tiger about an hour ago...what an experience!! I opened the box slowly to savor the experience and took pics.
I almost fainted when I saw the case...incredible craftsmanship!!! Then I saw the baby!!! It was love at first sight...I'm naming her Renee in your honor.
She is presently resting in my apartment adapting to the environment. I think an hour or so is good...I don't want to rush it.
She is beautiful although someday I would like to add an African Blackwood to my collection. I want to have one custom made for just my specifications.
I am saving your signature on the paperwork for a souvenir...you are a star!!!
UPDATE: NOV 3 2010
I can't put Renee down, I have played her for at least 6 hours and I'm having a hard time tearing myself away from her!!
Believe it or not, she sounds better by the hour!!
Already, she just needs a little tweaking to tune after a good nights sleep and she's chomping at the bit as I write...
this is the best guitar I've ever had.
Thank you so much!
Jane, USA, Nov 3 2010
I got the Macassar and you're right: it is a masterpiece.
I did not write to you earlier because I have been too busy playing it. I wish I could take it to the world beyond, when my time comes, where I could continue playing it for the rest of eternity.
My daughter found it to sound like a harp. It would sound so perfect in heaven.
All kidding aside it sounds so beyond my expectations. My gratitude to you is infinite.
Keep the good work, my brother.
Love and peace to you and all your loved ones.
Nick, USA, October 6, 2010
I wanted to let you now that the Guitar (what a beautiful instrument) arrived in good condition. I unpacked her and took some time tuning and inspecting her. Right out of the box she has a big well balanced sound. The separation of individual notes is especially notable. I love playing Romanza and Jesus Joy of Mans Desiring on it as the hold on cords and sustain is wonderful without being mushy or mechanically buzzy at all. I am waiting for a month or so before doing any changes in the action.
I was not going to show her of until after I had her for a while but I had a practice this Saturday with two other guitarists that I will be playing double and quartet guitar with. It took them ¾ of an hour to stop looking and wanting to “test” her. We started to practice and one of them stated he needed to change his strings because his guitar was sounding “thin.” Not long after we stopped to let him change strings I found Mark, the other guitarist, on your web page looking at the Ziricote B&S, Double top you have for sale. Neither had seen a guitar with the violin bridges before as well. You will be getting an order from him soon.
Thank you for partnering me with “Isabella” and I will keep you informed of any recordings and videos we do.
Dwight, FL, USA, September 13, 2010
The guitar got here this afternoon. I love the first guitar I bought from you last year - love it. I want to be clear on that one word. This guitar I received today is, believe it or not, and I'm sure you do, more amazing. The extra sound holes make it more resonant than the first. I am overwhelmed by it's appearance.
I write sonnets. Perhaps after I play for awhile on this Cocobolo piece of perfection you crafted, I will dedicate a poem to her - and, of course, mail it to you for your testimonial page, which I enjoy reading. To say I am happy with this fine instrument is truly an understatement.
Dan, September 8, 2010, NY, USA
I am overwhelmed. I can't put my gratitude into words just yet but I can see all the love put in to it. Thanks so much, I hope to deserve such a wonderful instrument.
Laurence , September 7, 2010, USA
The guitar arrived in record time, beautifully packed and just as gorgeous as I had hoped. Thank you so much for your artistry and craftsmanship. Now I will need to come to Paraguay to study with you.
Jim Barron, September 4, 2010, USA
Dear Renato, I got excellent feedback about BabyTonga.
I took her to my Jazz Teacher, and also to the head of UCI Guitar school, he is also the head of the guitar program at Irvine Valley College.
They were in awe about my Babe, the armrest, the violin tie, the inlays, the double top, and the sound, and this with the old strings…I will post a review this weekend.
Be well my friend! She's a Beauty. Thank you !
Ismael, September 4, 2010, USA
I receive her today. The Trinty and the guitar is Art. I am just lost for words about this piece of art Thank you so much,
Robert Wilson, August 31, 2010, Ave Vero Beach, FL
My Guitar now sings to me. The bass notes are really good and she is perfect. In only three months she has matured. You gave me a wonderful guitar ! My friends would like to have her - she is mine !!
Thank you, Thank you,
A more than satisfied customer
Martin, Fort Pierce, FL, USA August 24, 2010
la magnifica chitarra in Ziricote - top in alpine spruce, è arrivata.
L'ho suonata, incredibile la pienezza e la durata del suono, l'agevolezza della mano sinistra. Devo ammettere che mi ha colpito, è proprio un gioiello. Cerco di immaginarmi cosa sarà fra 6 mesi.Anche se è secondario, è molto bella, l'abinamento ziricote e pino è veramente indovinato. Ottime le rifiniture.
Ti scriverò più avanti per presentarmi meglio, intanto ti ringrazio
Vittorio Chiarotto, Verona (Italy), August 23, 2010
the magnificent Ziricote guitar with the Alpine Spruce top has arrived. I played her. The fullness of sound is unbelievable and so is sustain. Easy on the left hand. I am really struck, she's a jewel. I cannot imagine what she will sound like in 6 mmonths ! The Ziricote /Spruce combination is striking and teh setailing is right on teh spot ! Perefct finish.
I'll write again in teh future. Thanks
Vittorio Chiarotto, Verona (Italy), August 23, 2010
I'm staring at my beautiful Zorro right now. In the low light of my living room, the pieces of pearl in my rosette shine like little jewels, and the birds are casting tiny glimmers of color. I fell asleep on the couch last night just staring at her! Everyone that I've shown her to is blown away! She has a very sweet tone and the harmonics simply sing. The intonation is perfect; the tone is even all across the fretboard, and she is very easy to play. This is an amazing guitar in every way! The name Calypso came to me when I first saw her on your website; I like it.
Tom, Chico, CA, August 6, 2010
Not only is my Tiger BEAUTIFUL, she plays like a dream! She actually resonates INTO me when I play! WOW!! And she rings! The sustain is incredible. She inspires me to be the very best I can be and I look forward to my next Bellucci creation. I’m ecstatic about owning and playing this instrument!!
I thought you’d enjoy seeing the unveiling, so we shot a little video of the process. Barbara is behind the camera and you’ll hear her get caught up in the beauty of the Tiger.
If I had the money, I would have you make me a Flamenco, a 6 string acoustic and the 12 string acoustic. Your guitars are magnificent!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE MUSIC IN YOU!!!
Your (devoted!!) fan,
Nan, Seattle, WA, USA Sep. 2 2010
Arrived home from Canada today and couldn't unpack my suitcases or anything until I had a chance to sit down tune it up and play it. The sound is wonderful and I know it's just going to get better as time passes. I had both addresses covered for it's arrival. MY friend unpacked it for me and thought I should just put it a glass case and never touch it again. Well that is not going to happen. I got invited to accompany a children's Christmas Program in Montana this year and this Beauty is going along. Thank you much for this work of art. God Bless
Gary in Kodiak, Alaska August, 2, 2010
Wow, that was a quick delivery ! I received my beautiful guitar on Friday afternoon and absolutely love. I tuned it and played for 3 hours
Sharon, IN, USA, August, 2, 2010