I opened the case and took the guitar out of the case, I was just paralyzed for a few seconds by the beauty of the woods (Bocote and Cedar), my "Renata" is really gorgeous!! I also tuned the guitar already with the autom. tuner, which you included with the guitar. I almost can't believe, that this just born baby sings so wonderful already. The sound is incredible. The action and playability are marvelous (soft and smooth). All in one, this is the guitar which I dream of. I also like to thank the builder for his unsurpassed craftsmanship (pass it through for me, please). Renato, my friend I have not words enough to thank you for this wonderful "Christmas-gift". Many(2x) thanks for everything you've done for me! Best regards for you and your family and warm big HUGS from Curacao, your friend
LAS, Curacao, Netherland Antilles
I just wanted to let you know my beautiful guitar arrived yesterday. It made it through the shipment no problem. With all the numerous, numerous wraps of bubble wrap around the case, it’s no surprise. I was just pretty much stunned when I opened the case and I saw it for the first time. What an elegant presentation! After I tuned it, I didn’t get to bed for many hours as I just couldn’t put it down. What a magnificent tone! The action is perfect for me. I don’t intend to change a thing. You mentioned in your letter it would open up even more, but in my opinion, the tone is just so beautiful already. I’m so happy! I just wanted to thank you and the builder so very much for building an instrument that seems like it was built especially for me. It is truly a fabulous instrument and I will very much enjoy playing it for the rest of my life. Very Respectfully,
Great care in the packaging, thanks Renato for having protected her to the maximum ! When I opened the case, what a surprise ! I love the color. This guitar is simply gorgeous, well built and with a deep scent of wood (noble wood!) ; The finish is perfect. You have to thank the builder a lot; he really build a masterpiece for me. I took a long time to observe every angle. Little by little I bent the strings to her tonality and I play something as Capricho or Asturias. The sound is marvelous, the tonality is well balanced. I like the bass, which are so different and better than my Alhambra. I appreciated the crystalline trebles! Only a couple of hours in the playing, the sounds was more beautiful. Thanks a lot Renato for this masterpiece. Your friend :
Just wanted to let you know the guitar has arrived and, as you say, she is a beauty. The first thing that strikes me, apart from the beautiful sound, is that she is so easy to play. I sound like a different guitarist! I now feel inspired to tackle Albeniz’s Granada – such a fantastic piece that, as yet, I’ve never had the courage to play. Thank you very much. I wish you, your family, and your business continued success. Kind regards,
Just a short note to let you know that my new guitar has arrived safely. She is absolutely beautiful and I am very pleased. The first impressions are simply marvelous ;-) It was with immense satisfaction (and a little relief) when I opened the case today and my wife simply stood there in silence, then after a few moments said, " .... wow !". My faith in human nature restored ..... may the Lord smile gently upon you & yours! Kind Regards
Just to let you know, before I ordered this guitar I went to one of the biggest guitar store here in the east bay area, I tried several of them, at least 5-6 of them and the price ranges were from 600-up one was a used one a Rodriguez it was priced at 1,099 USD. I tell you there is no comparison. Renato all you said about the quality and workmanship are true, a piece of art, more than I expected. Thank you very much for making such a beautiful guitar. Such instrument can only be created with love and dedication.
She arrived...intact, gorgeous. This guitar is very striking to look at. The figured rosewood really is really beautiful, Englemann spruce top, well, I did not write you yesterday when I received it because I could not put it down! She opened up a little just to give me a "taste" of what is come later when she really opens up. Clear trebles and a good bass register. Looking forward when she looses up, this will be a wonderful, expressive instrument. Thanks for the extra care in packing her - the foam made sure the guitar was very stable within the crate. The extra string set, tuner, string winder, humidifier, and the Fustero tuners...thanks so much. A finally (and certainly not least) a BIG thanks to the luthier making this guitar for me. I cannot thank you (all of you) enough... Sincerely,
Steven S. US
The guitar is a stunning beauty. The quality of the wood used is top notch and well matched. I played it and that's when I realized that I am holding a 'special' instrument. I could not hide the smile on my face! I am a real nuts for tone and the tone is simply fabulous. The higher end trebles sounded so full and rich, unlike others I have tried that are usually thin. However the real surprise I had was the volume and the projection which is very focused and loud. Lastly I want to personally thank you for making this buying process a wonderful journey for me. Your service was very professional and I asked you so many questions and you always make time to answer them all. They say that a great musician is one that plays good music, but I believe that a great musician is one that shares his music with the world and that's what you have done. Thanks a million!!
Beautiful to my eyes but not only that !! As soon as she adapted to the new environment, I started admiring the quality of the sound: solid, round sound, what I was looking for, but mainly, a perfect equilibrium between the voices and an even sound throughout the fingerbord...quite an achievement !! The wait and promises have been respected, my greatest compliments to you and the very skillful Builder for such a great craft and the professional treat shown all throughout. I go back to practice. Thank you and Merry Christmas.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. The Padauk guitar is marvelous. The looks are fantastic (I love the maple binding), the action is perfect, and the sound is great. The Padauk color and wood grain is beautiful, the maple binding is a great contrast, and the neck with the rosewood and maple reinforcements is a beauty to look at. The action is great. I believe you set it up personally and you did a fabulous job. It is very easy to play. The sound is well balanced, I could not put it down. I cannot wait to show my teacher. Thank you for answering all my many questions, but I have more: I am seriously considering buying another special order guitar. I am researching the different woods to see what I prefer (and talking my wife into it). Thank You
My guitar came today, and I'm in love with it already. She still smells like lacquer and wood, which to me is a heavenly smell. It reminds me of when I went to the workshop to collect my very first hand built guitar 30 years ago. I was just 17, and I had worked various jobs and saved every penny to be able to afford that one. Anyway, to gaze upon my Mangore sweetheart is to fall in love. You have done such a nice job. I want to say thank you for the little extras, as well. I had never broken down and bought an electronic tuner, so even that was exciting. And the humidifier is very nice. Even the cloth for wiping the instrument was a thoughtful gesture. All these nice touches show how you feel about guitars and music. They were a very special icing on the cake. I am truly thrilled! I am so glad I found you. Your friend
The guitar arrived this afternoon. It is lovely, it feels very natural to hold. The tone is very sweet, the sustain is very clean and long. It is beautifully made - as you say, Paraguayan luthiers can make as good instruments as their European cousins. Many, many thanks - I am a very happy man! Also, no duty to pay! Many thanks for that also. Kind regards,
She has arrived safely! Looks absolutely beautiful. Many thanks.
DHL Singapore delivered the Brazilian baby to me this morning 24th May 2005 local time about 11.30am. The DHL packaging removed, revealed the Mangore original black guitar case. The first thing that strike me upon opening up the case was the sweet smell of fresh 'woody' scent, filling my air-con room. Gently lifting up the Brazilian beauty, the flaming Brazilian exposed grain lines flows very nicely on the sides and back and shines through with the good external varnish smooth finish. I am very pleased with this order and look forward to many good years of enjoying this rare Brazilian beauty. Warmest regards
I received the guitar yesterday from DHL. Strung it up and waited about three hours before actually playing it. All I can say is that this instrument is absolutely gorgeous. You know that my primary concern is not how shiny a guitar is or how fancy the binding or even the grain of the wood is but rather, the sound. The aesthetics are also beautiful with a great choice of wood. The sustain and clarity are excellent in both the treble and bass strings all the way up to the 19th fret. The trebles are very well balanced with the basses and are not drowned out. One particular quality of this instrument is the ability to play extremely soft and still hear the quality in the sound. The action and setup are excellent as well and playing the instrument is made easier because of this. I played for several hours and was floored by the sweetness at very low and high volume. This quality allows for a very wide range of color on the guitar. Full chords sound very focused and one can hear the individual notes which they are made from. I will continue to test the guitar as it begins to open up more in the few days while keeping the humidifier on. Unlike spruce this instrument has already opened up a bit even after a few hours. Thank you Renato for choosing a great instrument. I see that the inside is now lightly lacquered which adds to the quality workmanship. All my Best.