The African Blackwood guitar arrived about an hour ago and is currently acclimating.
Wow! What a beautiful instrument - even more beautiful than the photos show! I can hardly wait to tune her up and hear how she sounds - I will write back later, but wanted to let you know that she arrived safely.
Michael, Tucson, AZ, USA, Feb 8, 2011
The guitar is a beautiful work of art and craftsmanship. The leather case is beyond compare.
What a beautiful work of art.
Dave, Feb. 4 2011
The white snakewood guitar (no. 1025) arrived in perfect condition and is already a pleasure to own,
very easy to play, sweet, clear tones (even brand new), as well as beautiful to look at and touch. I am going to play her in a concert of original compositions early in March this year, at the Eastman school: a good way to advertise your work.
Thank you again. With very best regards,
Donald Sade, Honeoye Falls, NY, USA Jan 31 2011
I hope this letter finds you enjoying your vacation. We hit -7 fahrenheit here this morning.
I brought the Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle to the church tonight to see how it will sound with a microphone in front of it. The guitar literally filled the room with sound and resonance.Incredible! Once we equalized the sytem for guitar it filled the 2 story auditorium. The soundmaster exclaimed that it sounded better than all the other guitars that were played there in the past.
Just thought you would like to know.
Wayne Antcliff, USA, Jan 18, 2011
Well, Im speechless, slack jawed, and at a loss for words. I knew that the guitar you built for me was going to be exceptional, but I did NOT expect to be completely blown out of my shoes!! There is literally not a single area of this guitars aesthetics, playability and TONE that does not completely exceed my wildest dreams!! It is SO much more than I could have ever dreamed of!!
My wife thinks Im a bit obsessed with it (and she is correct) because aside from playing it, sometimes I just open the case and move it around the room, admiring it from various angles!!
Renato, she is SO stunning... like being told your blind date is going to be "pretty", and the supermodel of the century shows up!!
Its funny, because I have been thinking that someday, I will order another custom Bellucci (and I will), and had been thinking about what HER specs would be, and upon receiving THIS queen, I have no idea what could possibly even equal her on ANY level. It is that incredible.
Well, "thank you" does not seem like enough words to express my awe, gratitude and satisfaction for my new Bellucci masterpiece. I wish I had other words for what I feel, and it is unusual for me to be at a loss for words, but I find myself that way upon writing this, so maybe I have to write it three times, in large print...
Renato, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the most beautiful guitar I have ever laid my eyes and hands on. She will be with me SO proudly for the rest of my life, and it will be a real quandary trying to decide who would be qualified to receive her (many years from now, God willing) when I cant play her anymore.
I would like to wish you, your family and your wonderful staff of luthiers the very, very best of Health, Happiness and Prosperity in the coming New Year.
My best to you always, my dear friend, (((Renato)))
My beautiful Custom Bellucci just continues to get better with every pluck of the strings (how it manages to get better than it already was, Ill never know!!). It sincerely is the absolute pride of my small arsenal of instruments, and all who are lucky enough to view and play her are left in awe!!
Ralph, NY, USA December 31, 2009
I received my Custom Series Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle yesterday out here in Washington State USA. What a work of art! I was absolutely amazed at the detail and inlay work. Thank you for the wonderful surprise! After warming up to the room temperature last night I began to adjust the strings. I was still at work and Mark, one of our employees was sitting about 10 feet away. He commented that he could feel the bass vibrating through his body. He was astounded at the presence and tone of the instrument. He is a Southern Baptist Preacher here at the local church and listens to musical instruments all the time. He stated that he has never heard a sound like the Tiger Myrtle creates. I brought her up to full tune today and what a difference in tonal quality one day can make. The overall beauty of the instrument has caused quite a stir in people wanting to view the instrument. The Lute port and double top definitely project the sound into the room. Well done my friend.
I had a friend stop by today. He is a long established blues player and has played with many of the greats in blues and rock. He played the Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle for a few minutes and declared it one of the finest guitars he has ever had the privilege to play.
UPDATE: Dec 20, 2010
Already my Tiger Myrtle has eclipsed my 37 year old Aria. The sound gets better with each passing day. I have the new strings but will wait for the tuners. I am going to experiment with several types of strings. The resonance has improved considerably and the mid tones are beginning to show. The trebles are getting brighter too. My first guitar (the Aria) now sounds cheap and plastic compared to the Tiger Myrtle
Waybe, WA USA, Dec. 16 2010
is my second Bullucci guitar and it is very different than my first Curly Purple heart. As amazing as your website is, one can only truly appreciate your guitars when you are holding them in your hands. I may in time grow to prefer one to the other but simply can’t imagine that presently. Both guitars have a balance which is undeniable, yet each yields their own unique tone. And add to this the fact that both of these guitars are aesthetically beautiful. Remarkable!
Jan, Nov, 24, 2010, AZ, USA
I received the custom 10 string guitar a couple of nights ago and wow is it an amazing instrument! It felt very different to play than a 6 string but within a few minutes I started to adjust. The playability was good as it was delivered. I changed strings and now that the guitar has had a couple of days to acclimate. She plays superbly - like a dream!
I'm really stunned at how exquisite the quality and detail is on the guitar. The pictures you posted, as good as they are, don't quite do the instrument justice. It is just astounding.
And what an amazing experience it is to play. The sympathetic resonance and reverberation within the cavity produce such a richly ambient sound. When a string is punched hard there is a distinct series of echoes with the body. And the tone is so much fuller. The voice is royal, commanding and authoritative.
Bass and low bass are very strong but have plenty of punch. It feels as though the guitar can match Narcisco Yepe's tone and possibly even raise the bar a bit.
It's quite possible that this is one of the very finest 10 string guitars ever built. I'm a pretty serious and ambitious player so I plan to make good use of it.
Thanks so much for your diligence!
Steve, Nov, 21, 2010, Swedec
Just wanted to drop you an email and let you know the "Anaconda" arrived in Guam safely and in perfect condition. I can't tell you how happy I am to finally have her here with me. She is so beautiful and perfect. Exactly what I wanted in a classical guitar. Not only in looks but in quality of sound. I can't wait until she matures and fully develops her sound.
Thank you so much for the quality of craftsmanship and devotion to an art. You must take great pride knowing your art is loved so much around the world.
Scott, Nov. 17, 2010, Guam , USA
I have been surprised to receive the Wonderful Rosewood cutaway today. I didnt expect it so soon. You and your luthiers are truly ARTIST'S. The selection of wood, the workmanship,and finish are truly 1st class. I'm letting it get used to it's new home so I look foreward to playing in a few hours. Thank you so much for this wonderful instrument. Sincerely Courtney Maxwell
NOV 8 2010, Dayton, OH, USA
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