I have had the guitar for a few weeks now. I wanted to play it extensively before I reported back to you. Frankly, I am still stunned! Not only by the guitar but by your caring and generous nature.
The guitar arrived without incident-not a scratch. The top is perfect, back and sides beautiful, the back is spectacular, the sound hole rosette is superb. The radiused neck and 640mm scale allow me to more easily play difficult passages. The 20 fret neck is grand. Takes a little getting used to but I like it. Besides its beauty, I was pleasantly surprised by the tone. You would expect a Spruce top to be bright and edgy, but this guitar has a mysterious dark round sound that’ s especially noticeable in positions 7-10 in the basses and also in the treble and basses in the lower positions. . Must be the Ziricote(?) The sound is mellow like a cedar top. Totally surprising and very desirable. What can I say? I love it!
It always amazes me in a different way every time I take it out of the case. When this guitar ages and “opens up” it will be amazing.
Thank you very much for all of your efforts on my behalf. I am retiring in 5 weeks and am looking forward to many countless hours with this beauty.
By the way how much do I owe you for the gig bag it shipped in?
Tim, Thomasvill, GA, USA, April 18,2013
I am absolutely astounded at how beautiful she is and such a work of art. She is unbelievably gorgeous, so I am so grateful for how perfect you have matched what I had in mind to a work of art.
I am absolutely thankful and happy with the way she looks. THANK YOU!
3 hours ago, I went ahead and brought the pitch up to a whole step flat. I'll probably wait at least 24 hours before I bring the tension all the way up to standard tuning.
So to my point and without disrespecting my other guitars, I have to say this is the absolutely the best classical guitar I have ever played in my entire life. The tone and especially the sustain are simply phenomenal and she is only a few weeks old. My original Cocobolo doesn't even sound this good and she is 7 years old. And my flamed Cocobolo is beautiful but she will probably never get to that level of sound. So that's why I had to mention with all due respect to my other guitars, because I simply cannot put into words how I appreciate this guitar so much.
I have had many moments in my life playing pieces and getting into the zone and really feeling passionate about the music and guitar I was playing. But I have never actually come to the point of being so happy with a guitar.
I went through my preludes like Barrios's in Cm and Bach's Prelude 1 and his Cello Prelude 1 and quite a few other pieces, and I just cannot express how grateful I am for this guitar and how she sounds already.
I just cannot believe the tone and especially the sustain. I can only imagine how she will sound in over time.
As you know, I pretty much say what I mean. So I really never get too emotional about things and glorify them unless I really mean it. But I mean these sentiments whole heartedly. I finally have the guitar of my dreams at 45, which I never thought I would actually ever really find and have in my possession.
So thank you very much for such a wonderful guitar.
THANK YOU so much!
Steven Marshall, Chicago, IL, USA April 12, 2013
Yesterday my new addition arrived. She is magnificent. Still waiting tto tune her - she had a long trip. But she is incredibly beautiful. You are truly a master.
Thank you again.
Don, April 10-2013, Galena, MD USA
I am loving playing Bella (that is her name).
My scotties really gave the new guitar and crate a good snif...Bella's crate is ike a passport and almost a work of art.
Sara Hinderer, Midland, MI USA April 7-2013
The guitar arrived today. Bill is playing it now and the Sor studies sound great. It is a really beautiful instrument both in sound and looks. The Mother of Pearl is amazing on this guitar. We love it.
Thanks so much
Shelley, BC Canada, March 15 2013,
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to tell you that the beautiful lady arrived safely this afternoon. The packaging was outstanding, and the case is amazing. But the guitar left me speechless.
She is gorgeous!
I will tell you more about her later. It is not polite to let a beautiful lady waiting.
Many, many thanks.
My biggest hug,
Don, MD, USA, March 10, 2013
Recibí la guitarra en perfectas condiciones. Quiero agradecerte por tu magnifico trabajo, es una hermosa guitarra eres todo un profesional. Estamos a tus ordenes aquí en Ciudad Juárez Chihuahua México tienes tu casa.
Jorge Rodriguez, March 7, 2013, Mexico
First of all let me relay how wonderful I think your site is. It really has not only improved my playing but kept me motivated to keep going!
Today I have received my 10-strings guitar. Magnificent work! Thank you very much!
Ise Vita, February 21, 2013, Russia
Many words about how I found your web site and why I chose her.
I discovered your site last Summer and have been returning to it monthly, fondly looking at all the guitars you had available. At Christmas, I decided that I really wanted a better guitar than what I had and I looked around but decided that my heart was set on one of yours. When I told my husband about what I wanted to do, he thought I should be happy with what I had; but, I pointed out that I really wanted to do this. I dragged him in front of my computer and made him listen to you playing several of the ones that were available. He has a very elaborate stereo system and he then connect my computer to the stereo and we listened through his big speakers. Both of us liked the sound of Cocobolo best and I chose her. My husband plays principle bassoon (a Heckel) in the Midland Symphony orchestra and played with Sharon Isbin several years ago when she performed live in Midland. I, of course, was in the audience. I also told my husband that you had studies with Yepes and Segovia and those three elements gave in confidence in what I was buying. When my guitar arrived and he heard me begin to play it, he told me he understood why I wanted one of yours.
Bella, that what I am calling her until she tells me her name, was very much admired at my music lesson this past weekend. So was her case. She inspired me to play daily, something that my busy work schedule does not always accommodate. She is wonderful and I am delighted with her. Thank you so much!
Sara Hinderer, January 31, 2013
I could wait no longer to sample the sound so I tuned her up and gave her a test drive. Did you know that the English word 'genius' is derived from the word 'genii'? You, dear sir, have a genii! Tickle your guitars and the genii sings!
This new guitar is nothing less than incredible!! I was already taken by it's looks, but it's sound quite honestly brought tears to my eyes. You are not just a guitar maker / craftsman. You a channeling something of Divinity through your craft. I mean that most sincerely.
I am very honored to know you, and I deem it a gift to have found you, and your incredible creations!
Thank you so much. :-*
Errol, USA. January 4, 2013
I received the 2nd guitar a few weeks ago you did an outstanding job building that one it is a work of art. The Blackwood and inlay detail is incredible. More importantly is the sound once I started playing it I could not believe how clear the highs were and how intense the bass. I am fortunate to own many guitars from makers all over the world from 5k to 35k and I must. Say none have the quality sound or as pleasing to the eye as this one.
Thanks for the masterpiece.
Bob Bull, Australia. January 3, 2013
I just wanted to write this quick e-mail to tell you how happy I am with the custom guitar that you built for me. With the holidays, I've had very little time, but I had to tell you that the instrument is as close to perfect as any could be. First it is absolutely beautiful and is flawlessly made. The adjustable saddle makes it eminently playable and easily adjustable. The best part, however, is the tone: it is deep and rich, and the notes ring long and clear. You were, of course, correct: the combination of the sinker top and and the African black wood is ideal.
When I received my first Bellucci guitar, I was mightily impressed. I had hoped that the second would be as good. And it is at least as good, if not better. This is after two weeks--as it opens and matures, this instrument will be amazing and whatever is beyond amazing.
Thank you, Renato, for another work of art that will allow me to pursue my art. In years to come, when my grandchildren play these instruments, I am certain that they, too, will thank you.
Have a happy and prosperous 2013.
Jerry Gerard, USA. January 2, 2013
Perhaps there is such a thing as too many accolades but I wanted to let you know once again how very delighted I am with the new guitar. That is not to say that the first one is not also an incredible instrument. I wonder what angels and how many there are that work with you in your creations?!
I have yet to play any musical piece all the way through on the newest guitar, due to feeling the need to stop, or at least slow down, for the sake of my being overwhelmed by the incredible beauty that is both at my fingertips and resonating in the air, and to drink that in, for that fleeting moment where the muse exists.
Erroll, USA. January 1, 2013
I bought one of your guitars last February, and just wanted to let you know how happy I am with it. I love the shorter scale (640) and the radiused neck. It makes for much less fatique on my hands. The sound remains clear and sweet. I also continue to get many compliments on the hand-tooled leather case.
Thank you so much!
Karen Ackoff, USA. December 8, 2012