Got the guitar yesterday, let it sit overnight before opening. Words cannot express my happiness.This is the Classical I have been looking for for 45 years. A work of sonic art, so playable. Best top I have ever seen. Thanking you
Gregory Donaldson, Canada, 2007
La Espanola has arrived yesterday and indeed, she's a one of a kind jewel! I wanted to share with you how impressed I am with the flawless artistic craftsmanship as well as with the wonderful musical projection of this beautiful instrument. The fine details that so much appealed to me in the pictures and sample video posted in your website, come short of doing justice to the honor of contemplating and playing the real thing. The experience of tuning the guitar was done with the utmost respect, as I was pretty conscious of me witnessing first-hand the wonderful sounds and colors of my guitar coming to life. Once properly tuned, I could really tell she has a very vivid projection, one that grows in you by the minute with a clarity and richness of sound which I've never heard in any other guitar I've played to this date; to this I must add the ease of play as a very intrinsic character that makes you fall for this instrument at first play.
Thank you so much for delivering quality, beauty and satisfaction through one of the most rewarding on-line shopping experiences there is. Yours is a truly professional service, certainly client-oriented and one that matches advertisement, technology and state of the art products with great value (even the selection of the sturdy hard-shell carrying case reveals a true commitment to the high quality of its contents!); the courier express delivery and their monitored access follow-up was another highlight of great costumer service. You have done a great job in putting together your website as part of a business that combines expertise, knowledge and art into a very special showcase that glows with your love for the instrument and music, transcending to your clients. I am also very pleased to have signed up as a member and enjoy access to the vast musical knowledge and useful learning tools. I feel privileged to be one of your costumers and I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your luthier for bringing me so much joy and happiness in one single package; I hope to have the opportunity to visit Luque in the near future (a place that I once visited and stayed during a one month vacation in the 80's and from which I have very fond memories) and look forward to meet you and visit your workshop in person.
un fuerte abrazo,
Carlos Pineda, Washington, D.C.
Happy Days are here. Just received my beautiful Mangore Fleta/Torres concert guitar and she is simply beautiful. The figuring on the rosewood is gorgeous and the cedar has a rich warm color and I am having a difficult time taking my eyes off of her.... played a few notes, and tone and sustain are great. The action on the guitar is so much better than what I am used to. Most certainly, I will be able to play longer and will enjoy this much more. Please pass along my regards to the builder and let him know that he has created yet another masterpiece. The Rosette, purflings, head stock, finish are all absolutely spot on and I couldn't be happier. Without a doubt, I will be ordering another Mangore beauty from you in the near future. In fact, I just received the Bubinga backs and sides, as well the Engelmann spruce soundboards that I will be sending to you for the builder to create yet another masterpiece. I have already selected the Rosette for my guitar and will wait with just as much anticipation as I did for my first custom Mangore.
I have seen the guitar and I am speechless for the beauty of it. It sounds amazing. This looks like it has a lot of expensive custom options. The binding in the back, the tuners etc...Did you go out of your way to make me extremely happy? That, you did...I hope it did not cost you a lot of money to do all these. I feel a bit sorry for you now. Please tell me that you at least did not loose money on this guitar. Now, my son will certainly pick this guitar up and become a good player. This guitar makes you want to play it all the time. Wow...
I received the baby this morning. She's just like I expected: Magnificent ! A big hug from your friend and admirer.
Exactly like I wanted her. The smell of fresh wood and lacquer inspire my playing. The sound is beautiful. I’m taking good care of her. Thank you for everything.
The sound is stunning and the finish spectacular. Thank you for creating this masterwork. I will subscribe to the online masterclasses soon ! A big hug, thank you
Today I went to DHL to get for my new guitar. I have no words !!… however I will try:
Sound… I told you that it was looking for a deep and powerful bass and you achieved it. The bass are really impressive. I love Spanish music and the bass of this guitar feels imposing when playing Spanish music… The Bubinga/Cedar combination is simply magnificent.
The finish… it surpassed my expectations. “It is a true masterpiece” Oh, the rosette!! My God! What a beauty and the detail… it is incredible… I can see every single pixel.
I have seen guitars that offer a lot less than my Bellucci and cost up to 10,000 US$... Amazing… If I could spend 10,000US$ for a guitar, I would prefer to buy several Belluccis ; -)
I want to thank you for the accessories. I also want to tell you that I really liked the DVD “At the sun set in Casapueblo”. I felt a huge emotion. I know that you talk about Segovia as “The Master” but let me tell you with all sincerity that you are so good or better... I would be satisfied if I could play the guitar the fourth part of how you play it… I already saw the DVD 3 times. Thank you for the dedication. Thank you again and of course to the artist builder for this work of art.
She did arrive and for the past few days I have been enjoying the experience. She is a beautiful guitar to look at, to play and to listen to. My whole family thinks that She is wonderful. Paraguay sounds a lovely place to live and if this instrument is a typical example of the workmanship of the people of Paraguay then they have a lot to be proud of. I think your web site is fantastic and I will revisit in the future. God bless. Kind regards.
For most of my life I have believed in the old adage that states "if it is too good to be true, it probably is". Your guitars obviously do not follow that rule. I could not be happier with her. I have played of and on for 40 years and have seen and played some impressive instruments. This guitar will hold its own with any of the best. Everything positive that I've read about these guitars is absolutely true. I know that certain people look for certain things. What impresses me: balance, power, sustain, ease of play and of course a wonderful sound. The absolute easiest neck, period. Bar chords are as easy as Em. Even #3 string G is not wimpy. I am no longer a skeptic. Beautiful woods and solid workmanship. This guitar is a true inspiration and will make playing and learning so much easier for any one aspiring to learn how to play classical guitar. I will be back for my second. Thank you for everything!! Abrasos,
I just got my guitar this morning. I feel that I didn't pay enough for this guitar :-) I think this guitar could sell over here for thousands more of what I paid. Just like you said on your web site. She is beautiful, the neck feels GREAT and the action is absolutely FANTASTIC. She is SO EASY to play! She is going to make me sound great and she is going to speed up my studies. I am just so happy with the process of buying a guitar from you. She plays nothing like the guitars I tried out in the local shop, night and day compared to those guitars. Again, she is just beautiful, she sounds and feels great! Thank you!!!
I received my new concert guitar from you. The guitar is the most beautiful instrument I´ve ever seen. A good amount of my playing time goes simply into admiring the craftmanship...The sound is absolutely incredible. I can hardly imagine how it will improve over time! I am extremely grateful for the way you handle your business - in two ways. First, it gives players like me the opportunity to play a high-end concert guitar at a more than affordable price. Second, I always felt that you care about and respect me as a musician, a business partner and a person. It was a very valuable lesson for me to see that politeness in modern business is indeed possible. You set an example for me as a player and as a person. Thank you very much, and please continue to make other people happy through your music and your personality. Best wishes
The Padauk baby, Engleman spruce top with 660 mm scale neck arrived today! (Feb 6, 2006) The flawless design of the 1968 Fleta instrument has been reproduced perfectly with a full size body and deep sound. Every surface on this guitar is 100% smooth to touch and to the eye. The stylization is brilliant! It doesn't matter if you have been a concert guitarist all your life or are new , the quality is as good as any in the world. The sound produced by the available 660 mm neck has tremendous sustain. The sound is powerful, robust and loud. If you play very softly, there is still a strong sound. And of course if you prefer volume, let your thumb and fingers pick up the intensity. My guitar serial number is 170 and I know that within the next hundred years or so, these guitars are going to be on the concert stage. For anybody from the beginner to the pro. The inside of the guitar is beautifully polished and braced with a classic Spanish foot on the inside that connects the back and sides to the top and the fret board. The full size body has Padauk wood back and sides (which is a very hard wood and throws out a strong sound). The Engleman spruce top helps the whole guitar vibrate in your hands, thus projecting fabulous sound throughout the room. Also you could have a gold nameplate on the back of the headstock . You could easily expect to pay $8-$10,000 for a guitar such as this. Judging by the quality of this custom made guitar, I am positive that the other guitars that are ready for shipment are only of the highest quality as inspected by Renato. I am located in Camden, South Carolina.
I just wanted to let you know she has arrived intact and in perfect condition. She sounds beautiful, and I have spent most of my free time with her since she arrived. I’ve noticed a change in my playing for the better. Perhaps this is because of the excellence of the guitar, or perhaps it is a sign of how much I like her—I don’t know how to tell the difference. I just know there is a quality there that adds to my playing. She is really an example of fantastic workmanship. I very much admire the quality of the wood in the body of the guitar. The wood grain has a look for which I really don’t have the language to describe. The attention to detail is wonderful, especially the decoration at the wood seams. The finish is deep and beautiful. The tuner action is smooth. She is all that I could want in a guitar. Thank you. I’d certainly recommend you as a source for anyone else who asks me where they should go for a quality instrument. Thank you again Renato, many well deserved Hugs to you, - Mark
I received by beautiful guitar today and it is everything you said it was going to be. The workmanship is amazing, the wood is great, the finish is spectacular… and to think I was going to buy a guitar made by a larger named brand like Taylor or Alhambra. This guitar is like nothing I have seen or heard before. Thank you so much for making me a great guitar. Also, your site is amazing, I am now a member for life. There is so much information and the most amazing thing is that you are there to answer questions I have. You are a remarkable teacher and a very patient and understand person. I want other people to know that you are always there to answer even the most elementary questions. Thanks Again
Matthew McGhee, USA