The Tiger arrived a few days ago... and in perfect order.
This guitar is a man-sized instrument; seeming to favor the larger size of the several Brazilian guitars that friends of mine purchased when we were in Uruguay. This is an amazingly handsome instrument with beautiful detail, carefully executed. After we got to "know" each other a bit, the Tiger plays nicely; sounds both deep and rich/high and bright. I sense that, as she ages, her sound will constantly improve.
'Am impressed with the face; which appears to be of a relatively thinner and finer aspect. Yet the face, as well as the rest of the guitar is very solid... and weighs accordingly. I get the impression that the added overall weight, coupled with extensive underwork beneath the face, (which I have not tried to see with a mirror, nor attempted to feel through the sound opening) add strength and depth to the sounds produced by the strings, bridge and face. I wish that the tiger stripes would show on the finger board like they do on the bridge... but it wouldn't do, of course, to put such a finish on the finger board. All of the mosaic is beautifully done in various colors, set off by accompanying borders. I especially like the subtle red border around the top, around and up the back, and up the neck.
I can see and feel the extra protection the plush white lining provides. The leather case is very attractive and unusual. I grew up in Phoenix Arizona and saw a lot of Mexican leatherwork, hand-tooled with the same type of designs. It appears that the decoration on the case is machine pressed, but with the same unique artistic flare of Mexico Latin America.
I wonder why the placard on the inside of the guitar does not specify Asuncion Paraguay as the place of origin of the guitar. Paraguay is out-of-the-way country that must be a country of unique romance and adventure; after all, it is the home of Renato Bellucci... and who knows how may other aficionados!
Thank you, Sir, for this precious treasure.
Carl, Monett, MO, March 20, 2015
This is to inform you that my beautiful cocobolo/cedar guitar is a true joy. She looks wonderful. Her sound grows more mellow each time I play her. I keep her in a humicase where the RH is 50% or more. I call her "sweetness", and I am daily more glad to have her. Your luthiers have a reason to be very proud of their product.
Please accept my thanks to you and your luthiers.
Charles, Arvada, CO, December 30, 2014, crcolabella < at >verizon < dot >net
I received guitar today. Thank you. This guitar is very gorgeous. I will keep her always.
Thank you very match Renato. Hugs!
Hisao Arai, Japan, October 31, 2014
Just got thru playing my masterpiece guitar you made for me 2 years ago. The tone is getting better all the time.
Have attached photos of my "guitar wall" and a close up of yours.
God Bless you and your family.
Tim, Tigard, OR, August 22, 2014, stringmusician < at > yahoo < dot > com
I received the guitar, and I must say, it is gorgeous. The looks are incredibly beautiful, especially the f-sound holes and the beautiful wood.
Talk to you later.
Cipriano, New Mexico, US, August 21, 2014
Just wanted to let you know that the latest Bellucci addition to my collection arrived safe and sound yesterday.
I cannot believe how stunning the wood looks in real life (and the photos were pretty damn good too). I have only had time for the shortest of chances to play her and I can tell already that this guitar is going to be a classic. Again, I thank you and you and your team for this masterpiece.
Richard, London, UK, August 20, 2014
The guitar has arrived and she is a lovely treasure, a pleasure to behold and play!
Everything works perfectly, no damage, and no fret or sound issues.
I've even recorded a small excerpt with it already:
Overall, I'm quite excited and very happy to welcome this beauty. I look forward to much enjoyment with her.
Joe, Huntsville, Alabama, August 6, 2014
I received the Jupiter Guitar about a month ago and it is out of this world. I will not be seeing my niece for about a week or so she will be heading to school shortly after and she will be surprised when she gets back, I assure you. I couldn't help not tuning it up and playing a it little myself. She and I will have some fun while she is here. God bless and will stay in touch.
Gary Enen, Montana, July 29, 2014
It was just a little over a year ago that my guitar arrived. Erin was a Lapacho B/S with Port Orford
Cedar top. Just want you to know that she has maintained terrific sound through out her entire range, but as she has aged she has attained a absolutely wonderful tab tone. She is everything I had hoped for. Bravo to your great staff. Carry on the great gift that the Lord has given to you.
With much graditude,
Jeri Neiman, Fenton, MI, June 24, 2014
I received the guitar on Monday (Tasmanian Blackwood B/S - Small Body). It arrived safe and sound just like the others. The shipping box is second to none.
The body is somewhat smaller in size than I thought it would be, however, the sound is quite a bit larger than I thought it would be. It really projects quite well considering its size, you are not giving up much in overall sound. The tone is just fantastic as well as the intonation, it really does sound great. The resonance was another positive surprise, I wasn't expecting it to resonate so well, especially in the upper registers. I guess that speaks to the combination of the Tasmanian Blackwood and the really tight grained Cedar top. I'm wondering just how great it will sound once the woods have some time to open up.
The scale size suits my hands. I've really struggled with the stretches I've come across in classical music on a 630, 640 scale guitar let alone a 650 scale guitar.
Jim LaValle, June 19, 2014
I just got her. She is truly amazing, I can't put her down! Thank you so much!
Chris Kassawat, Orange, CA, June 9, 2014
I just wanted to let you know that the guitar has arrived here in perfect order.
Thank you it sounds great and I will enjoy playing it for many years to come.
All the best Dimitri.
Dimitri, Australia, May 2, 2014
I just wanted to write to you and tell you about your guitars. I have been playing classicals for two years. I purchased one from you approx. a year and half ago. I am so proud of it....that I keep it in its case all the time, scared I will damage it in some way. I practice on a guitar that is one step above kindling. And I have gotten so use to it.
This weekend I was creating a room just for my guitars. I got my Bellucci out and played it for several hours.. It was so much easier for me to play. The sound was incredible.. It was like I found long lost friend. I am playing it all the time from now on...I just love it...And there is no since owning it if I can't enjoy it...
"Thank You" so much for making me this wonderful guitar.
Debbie Kather, Temple, Texas
Debbie, Temple, TX, USA May 1, 2014
I have now had the lattice braced cutaway for three weeks and have set up the action to suit myself.
I am absolutely delighted with her
You said to let you choose the woodsI (Indonesian rosewood and sinker redwood top)and you are right she is awesome!
I was prepared to lose some character in the basses with the lattice bracing but have lost nothing.In fact I have gained. They are tremendous with a gutteral woody sound which I love.The mids and troubles are nothing short of fantastic and ring and chime like bells,even at the higher registers.The balance volume and separation are brilliant and the sustain lasts for 10 seconds after playing a chord.She seems to improve in sound and volume by the day.
Due to the vibration through the guitar when playing,you feel at one with the instrument and you do not want to put her down.If you place the end of a fingernail on the top when playing ,it actually bounces with the vibration around the bridge area.When tuning her each string seems to increase in volume as you hit concert pitch.
I can honestly say that had I ordered this guitar from one of the top end Aussie luthiers I would not have expected to better the
tone that the Belluci produces.You guys really know your stuff.She also looks great and is beautifully built.
I have a recording of Xufei Yang playing the Bach 101 presto and the sound of my Bellucci is very similar to her Smallman on the recording which is a terrific compliment to your craftsmanship.
My one criticism ,and this is my fault,is that the armrest for me could be 50mm longer towards the violin tie because I find that my arm is quite often half on and half off when playing.I should have specified this at order stage.
The leather embossed case has attracted much comment as has the guitar itself.
I will be 70 in two months time and I will treasure this guitar for my remaining years.
Please pass my comments to the guys in the workshop.Keep up the good work and all my best wishes for the future.
Bert, USA April 29, 2014
The Ziricote guitar arrived yesterday and I am impressed by the beauty of all the fine marquetry, wood grain, and colors, simply exquisite. I have been playing it for several hours already and it is smooth and easy to play, very nice. I like its unique sound and it resonates well. However it is not as powerful and deep as I had hoped for. I usually play my 1977 Masahito Oshita, Brazilian Jacaranda with Bavarian Spruce top, a guitar designed by the late classical master Seiko Sesoko. It is still deep, rich,and powerful, but it is becoming it bit fragile with a couple of small cracks, which is why I wanted a new guitar. I will give the Ziricote a chance to open up a bit more and see what sounds she can really produce and maybe I will fall in love with her too.
Please give my thanks to the luthier who made this guitar and thanks to you as well.
Sincerely, Charles, Temecula, CA, February 26, 2014