I just thought I would drop you a line and send you and your lovely family my kindest wishes. I am so thrilled with my new instrument. I just had to e-mail you and let you know. I have put some La Bella Professional recording strings 413P Studio on her and she sounds great. I am so proud of her, thank you Renato. Once again THANK YOU.
My very kindest regards Your friend
Colin, USA, July 16 2012
I have finally received my guitar! She is gorgeous, plays easily, and most importantly, she sounds beautiful! Thank you so much.
Frank, USA July 14, 2012
The custom Da Vinci guitar arrived today in perfect condition, to my and to my wife's delight (we have the same birthday: the day you posted the guitar). The beauty of the guitar is incredible: the posted pictures are great, but one has to see it "in person" to fully appreciate the artistry that went into its construction.
The grain of the sinker redwood top is perfect: straight, tight, and rich in color. Thank you for choosing it. The rosewood body is elegantly rich and dark, and sober just as I like it. I like to think that it was part of an old building, and has already spent many years absorbing the sounds of the activities of the inhabitants.
I played several hours today: the sound is terrific already without breaking in, very masculine in character, different from either a spruce or cedar top, just as I wanted. I usually give my guitars feminine names. When the Snakewood guitar arrived last year I mentioned to my wife, Kerry, that it looked as if it were wrapped in the skin of the Serpent: she said I should call it Eve, so I named it Eva. Eva has a rich and mellow voice, like a mezzo-soprano. But I think I will call the Da Vinci guitar Adán: the two guitars make a beautiful pair, contrasting as they do in voice and appearance.
Thank you for the advice on the features to include: The sound ports make it easy to play in spite of background noise, should be a big help playing in ensemble where the other instruments can mask the sound of my own, and in the somewhat noisy environments where I sometimes play. The radius fingerboard is a great help in barring, just as you say. I was surprised how comfortable it is to the hand. The indented cutaway works very well: Barrios La Catedral third movement, next to last measure: the B minor chord with the high B at the 19th fret was easy: very difficult for me on other guitars. I will have to re-learn the feel of where fret 12 is: the
hand moves past it so easily. And the tone in that highest position was bright and clear.
Adán is presently listening to Bach Viola da Gamba concertos to begin the break-in process.
I'm sure I will have more to say later as I gain experience with this wonderful instrument.
Please pass my thanks on to the luthiers who work with you.
Bless you, Renato, you and your family.
Donald, USA, July 23, 2012
My guitar arrived two days ago. The shipping crate is impressive, as I'm sure you know. But the shipping crate was merely a shadow of glories yet unrevealed. The tooled leather case is truly a work of art, and deserves special notice for its quality and beauty. Inside the case lay, snug in her maroon velvet wrap, the guitar.
Since her arrival I seem to divide my time looking at her and playing her. I am richly rewarded whether I am looking or playing.
She is wonderful! The craftsmanship and the finish defy description. The cocobolo is beautiful, the marquetry excellent, the finish superb. She speaks with her own distinctive, lovely voice. The sound has a very nice 'silky' quality that is even over all the strings and all ranges of pitch. I am more than pleased with my purchase.
My thanks to you and all the other craftspeople who contributed. You make wonderful guitars; I am blessed to own one.
Charles Mozer, Arvada, CO USA June 29, 2012
I am just home from my fishing holiday and what was there to great me was my gorgeous BELLUCCI guitar, she is BEAUTIFUL ! My wife and I just stood and gazed at the beautiful tooled leather case and marveled at the workmanship but when I opened it only such a gorgeous instrument really deserved such a place to rest when traveling as it will be where I cant take my eyes from it.
She is so gorgeous. She sounds and plays beautifully and if it goes any better as it is played in , well that will be an added bonus. Renato, I thank you with all the feelings I have. I also hope to keep in touch from time to time because if I didn't I will feel as though I will have lost a good friend.
Again Renato thank you. I send my kindness regards and best wishes to yourself and to your lovely family.
Darwen Lancashire, UK, May 24, 2012
Today the guitar has arrived: FABULOUS
!, Beautiful. My friends were amazed and I'm so excited! I thank you all,
a big big hug.
Paolo. Venezia, Italy. May 19, 2012
I played a bit yesterday (for a mere six hours or so). The melody within the guitar is nothing short of astounding- I can only imagine (and happily so) what it will sound like in ten years. C'est belle!
Thank you for your creation. It is truly a work of art.
Jerry Mc Dade, May 4, 2012, USA
I received the beautiful babe yesterday. Been playing on it this morning some Nice work! What I hear is very solid and full bases. She's a beauty. Thank you!!
Jim, Austin, Texas USA, May 1, 2012
Here's the pictures I said I would take as you can see I am holding the one just received and it was here a lot quicker than I thought it would be.
It's Beautiful and sounds that way already... time will only make it better. The Blackwood is on the couch upper left. You are well aware of each one and what types of wood were used in construction and everything that went into them. The snow is finally gone here and no one misses it a cold and miserable Winter it was. Well take care my friend and still no response from Hotel La Mission on reservation. Take care looking forward to August.
Take care my friend.
Gary, Kodiak, Alaska, April 29 2012
Another of your creations just arrived a half hour ago - just gorgeous - equal in beauty to the cocobolo guitar I purchased from you in December. That Cocobolo guitar, for appearance alone, cannot be beaten, but this "Tiger" pleases my eye just as much. I am following your instructions about tightening the strings later even though today we are experiencing very humid weather in New York. From my past experiences with your guitars, I am sure that it will sound marvelous - and of course even better as she matures. My other Belluccis do indeed sound richer than when they first arrived. Thank you again for treating me, as a returning customer, like a respected family member. Along with the instruments you build, the relationship you have built with me has encouraged me to continue to give you my loyalty.
Dan, Staten Island, NY, April 23, 2012
Aquí relato brevemente el día de hoy con la primera foto por la mañana Waiting for DHL. Luego por la tarde DHL arrives. Y cuando se ve el empaque le titulo Los Reyes Magos. Finalmente, Richard de DHL, Roberto, y el premio Bellucci!
Muy agradecido, ya se esta aclimatando a la humedad relativa del 65%.
Siempre guardo las guitarras en su estuche cuando no las estoy utilizando y vamos a practicar mucho.
Es una gran pieza de arte!
Ahora a celebrar con una buena cena y poco vino (maybe).
Un Fuerte Abrazo!
I will share with you what today was like: Waiting for DHL and finally seeing the DHL van approaching. When I see the great package I could only think of Christmas ! In the final picture Richard from DHL, me and my Bellucci prize pose. I am thankful and I am letting her acclimatize to the local humidity levels. I always keep her in the case and I will be practicing A LOT. She's a great piece of art. Now I'll celebarte with dinner and perhaps some wine.
Roberto, April 20,2012 USA
I've shown the guitar to some friends, all working guitar playing musicians.
The response from all of them has been the same. Upon opening the case - DEAD SILENCE! - all of them, they all just stared at it for a while, then comments, 'work of art' - 'wow' - 'that is beautiful', just kind of overwhelmed at the first sight of the instrument.
Just thought you'd like to hear that. By the way, that new Sinker Redwood - Cocobolo guitar is absolutely gorgeous!
Jim LaValle, April 8,2012 USA
The guitar arrived yesterday and it is 'ABSOLUTELY STUNNING'!
Last night I played her for a few hours and what a pleasure it was. The tonal qualities are 'to die for'. I'm at a loss of words and can't wait to show her off.
The whole experience was excellent from start to finish. The communication, speed of shipping and packing was superior, the best part was opening the case for the first time.Renato,
The guitar sounds so great now, it is difficult to comprehend that it will only get better but I know that will be the case.
One last thought in passing, it occurred to me last night. When you compare a Ramirez or a Conde or whatever, they look pretty much the same. When I look through your online galleries at the many different woods, violin ties, radiuses fretboard, indented cutaway and new ideas that you have brought to the purist world of the classical guitar, it occurred to me that you have brought a never before seen 'sense of style' to the instrument and realized how much of an innovator you truly are.
Best of luck to you and I will sing the praises of the Bellucci guitar. I'm having a hard time seeing me play my other guitar any longer and I could see where I will have another Bellucci sometime in the future.
Jim LaValle, FL, USA, March 31, 2012
This morning I took my Bellucci guitar in the Heritage Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, MI. I wanted to show my friends your quality of workmanship. I worked with the owners when I was working at Gibson. They were impressed with the guitar, case and your website.
Thank you, everything is in order.
James, March 27, 2012, MI, USA
I received the guitar today and am overjoyed. She is beautiful. I tuned her up and have been playing for an hour. The tone is so balanced! The sound is very good. Her volume is loud, but is always in balance. Is that resulting from the Violin tailpiece?
The bridge saddle appears to be perfectly straight.
The finish is so fine it looks like she is wet. My daughter was impressed with the diamonds. Maybe when my nails grow, and some of the rust comes off my fingers, I will get my 14 year old son to show me how to upload a video onto YOUTUBE and send it to you.
After a few days she should get accustomed to being in New Orleans and should sound even better. Humidity is no problem here. We have too much of it. I might want to start playing concerts at the Church again.
David, LA USA, March 24, 2012