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Avoid Bellucci Guitars of Paraguay!

By June 5, 2012February 25th, 2020Blog, News

Please be aware that I have taken this down from the public side of my website.  At this time in my life, I don’t wish to be associated with negativity, but I still wish to warn people of poor business practice.  Renato is very guilty of such, on too many levels.

I am happy to send you a link to the entire post if you identify yourself to me (privately of course!).  Don’t waste your time by just saying you want the link.  You will be refused. Email me directly if you need more info and again, identify yourself personally to me : rich @ savageclassical.com

I give you the first paragraph below, as a constant warning.

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I will state it for the record, this is not a pleasant post.  I speak my mind clearly.

Some call it name calling.  Renato is a liar.  Why would I say anything different?

He’s a crook.  Again, why would I say anything different?

It is clear he does not know how to build a guitar or what actually makes a “good” classical guitar.   Again, why would I say anything different?

This is based on my own experience, with him and his awful work.  Not hearsay.  Personal and professional experience.

I am a known expert in this small world of classical guitar.  I have restored, finished and repaired over 125 classical guitars of exquisite quality and provenance.

I do not count Renato Bellucci’s work in this count (they are not of any quality whatsoever).  I have put thousands upon thousands of guitars in players’ hands.

This ability is predicated upon my knowledge, experience and the integrity of the man that I am and the highly regarded reputation of my gallery.

I know of what I speak.  You’ve been told, you’ve been warned!  Again and again, people do not heed my warnings.  I am tired of it, of him, and his ridiculous work.

Read on, but again, the language is not pleasant.  (I’ve actually cleaned it up).  Forgive, but he has wasted much of my time, energy and he will waste yours as well.

Bellucci Guitars

Join the discussion 37 Comments

  • Ernie says:

    I hope that I can post this add so potential bellucci guitar buyers are careful and avoid this nice looking but bad sounding instruments. I am not saying that all his guitars are bad but I just want to tell u my story. I purchased a brazilian rosewood $3200 guitar that had a lot of problems with the violin tie that was getting loose and other issues with the doble tapa weird buzzing sounds. I sent it back for $400 round trip and months later came back with a really dull sound I sent it back again for another $400 and finally he made me another dull sounding guitar that in the middle of a concert I heard a loud crack but did not know where it came from until later discover that the top cracked all the way from the saddle to the sound hole. It is really frustrating knowing that this expensive guitar is just seating in the closet waiting for me to save some more 400+ to send it back for repairs. I don even know if he used real brazilian rosewood wood because it is varnished inside. I can go on and on but the mistake is done and lesson learned. I have a couple of Eusebio hernandez estudio guitars $600 that sound way better than the concert guitar I got from mangore.com

    • Bob McIntyre says:

      Ernie,
      I am sad to hear your Bellucci story. My began when I spent $2200 in 2008 for a Brazilian Rosewood guitar from him. Mine sounded “OK” at first. But immediately began having fret buzzing etc. Brought it to my luthiers and had to pay almost $500 for fret replacement and fretboard smoothing. It was OK for a while…but the violin tie started giving me problems, then a crack down the center of the “Brazilian rosewood” then the finding popped on the bottom. I put it in the closet, quite disheartened and disappointed. Renato Bellucci gave me the option of returning it so that his group could fix it. I considered it. But he also recommended that I return it uninsured so that customs would ignore it. I decided NOT to return it, fearful that it would not be worth the risk of several hundred dollars in shipping. (At that time, I began reading the extremely negative reviews of his work.)

      I picked up the guitar a year ago or so, still feeling pretty sad about the situation, and found that the neck had bent such that strings sat on the frets. I put it away again for six months. Then I decided either to use it for kindling or have some other luthiers look at. I brought it to Brian Hawkins, an expert in tone wood (sold tone woods from all over the world for many years and for fifteen years has been building high value instruments. In the course of the repairs, which I can describe for you if you would like to know more detail, he found that the back and sides were died spruce…not Brazilian rosewood. This really saddened me. Why claim you are selling guitars with rosewood when you are not. And spruce. Why not mahogany from South America?!?!?

      Renato, you no doubt do not remember me. But I am sad to know there are folks with this kind of greed in your heart. I am sad for you.

      Bob McIntyre

      • John Perry says:

        I sent Bellucci an email with a picture of a major construction flaw on the guitar he sold me. Because I haven’t heard back, I thought I would review the guitar here. The first thing I noticed about the guitar was its thick, claggy coating. The next was a ridge in the rear upper bout that meant a gap was left between it and the back of the guitar. On playing the guitar I liked the neck, frets, and shorter string length, but the sound was terrible. On confronting Bellucci, I thought I wouldn’t get anywhere on the sound production, which is subjective even when it’s this bad, but I thought I would get somewhere with the build fault, which was obvious, but still, I didn’t get anywhere. Unfortunately, when I received the guitar, I was in an incredibly bleak period of my life and was in no position to fight with someone who lives in Paraguay. To be fair to Bellucci, he didn’t make the guitar, it was one of his workers. Perhaps, I scored a particularly bad one. Yesterday, I priced the guitar using Bellucci’s catalog. It came to a staggering $6000US. This was the second guitar I’d bought from Bellucci. The first was pretty good. But to quote Mr. Peanutbutter “Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice…..Fiddle-de-dee”

    • Bob McIntyre says:

      Ernie,
      I am sad to hear your Bellucci story. My began when I spent $2200 in 2008 for a Brazilian Rosewood guitar from him. Mine sounded “OK” at first. But immediately began having fret buzzing etc. Brought it to my luthiers and had to pay almost $500 for fret replacement and fretboard smoothing. It was OK for a while…but the violin tie started giving me problems, then a crack down the center of the “Brazilian rosewood” then the finding popped on the bottom. I put it in the closet, quite disheartened and disappointed. Renato Bellucci gave me the option of returning it so that his group could fix it. I considered it. But he also recommended that I return it uninsured so that customs would ignore it. I decided NOT to return it, fearful that it would not be worth the risk of several hundred dollars in shipping. (At that time, I began reading the extremely negative reviews of his work.)

      I picked up the guitar a year ago or so, still feeling pretty sad about the situation, and found that the neck had bent such that strings sat on the frets. I put it away again for six months. Then I decided either to use it for kindling or have some other luthiers look at. I brought it to Brian Hawkins, an expert in tone wood (sold tone woods from all over the world for many years and for fifteen years has been building high value instruments. In the course of the repairs, which I can describe for you if you would like to know more detail, he found that the back and sides were died spruce…not Brazilian rosewood. This really saddened me. Why claim you are selling guitars with rosewood when you are not. And spruce. Why not mahogany from South America?!?!?

      Renato, you no doubt do not remember me. But I am sad to know there are folks with this kind of greed in your heart. I am sad for you.

      Bob McIntyre

    • Bill says:

      I just tried out Bellucci made by David Hunter and I thought the sound was quite good. It’s on the secondary market. It’s about 10 years old so if issues were going to happen, they already would have by now. That’s just my opinion.

      But I do like your blog here because I am waiting for a small craft company in Nepal to make up for a major screw up in my first order with them. They claim the replacement products are coming but I explained that if it didn’t, I would do a web site similar to yours warning the world about their shady practices. What platform did you use, if that’s the correct word?

    • John Perry says:

      Hi, I thought I would show you my recent correspondence with Renato Bellucci. It really needs to photograph but I think you will get the drift. I was hoping to improve cosmetically the gap between the upper bout and the back of the guitar and I asked for a sliver of Blackwood to fill the gap. The guitar has been sitting in its case for many years. I’ve never really wanted to play it. I contacted Bellucci when it arrived but he blamed the Blackwood. Anyway, this was his reply. I have sent him a photo of the problem.

      Hi John
      I do not recall your mail.
      I do not understand why you and I certainly consider unfair and temerary to blame my quality control and not perhaps some other factors that might have caused what you describe.
      I have no Blackwood. I suggest you buy the Blackwood online. Ebay offers small billets for knife handles for a few bucks.
      Sincerely

      Renato Bellucci
      mangore.com

      What do you think?
      John

    • John Perry says:

      I sent Bellucci an email with a picture of a major construction flaw on the guitar he sold me. Because I haven’t heard back, I thought I would review the guitar here. The first thing I noticed about the guitar was its thick, claggy coating. The next was a ridge in the rear upper bout that meant a gap was left between it and the back of the guitar. On playing the guitar I liked the neck, frets, and shorter string length, but the sound was terrible. On confronting Bellucci, I thought I wouldn’t get anywhere on the sound production, which is subjective even when it’s this bad, but I thought I would get somewhere with the build fault, which was obvious, but still, I didn’t get anywhere. Unfortunately, when I received the guitar, I was in an incredibly bleak period of my life and was in no position to fight with someone who lives in Paraguay. To be fair to Bellucci, he didn’t make the guitar, it was one of his workers. Perhaps, I scored a particularly bad one. Yesterday, I priced the guitar using Bellucci’s catalog. It came to a staggering $6000US. This was the second guitar I’d bought from Bellucci. The first was pretty good. But to quote Mr. Peanutbutter “Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice…..Fiddle-de-dee”

  • I bought a Bellucci guitar some years ago for 3100£GBP and was glad to find a buye r on ebay for £1000!!!!.Beautiful skin with a very ugly heart.

    • John Perry says:

      I should add that I sent a photograph with the following message

      Hi Renato

      My guitar is 605 and this is how it arrived. This is how it left your workshop.

      Sincerely,
      John

  • Danny C says:

    I bought a Bellucci guitar some years. Looked pretty but dull sounding and no volume. In 3 months the back had split in several places, The “ebony” armrest (not) cracked in half. I spent $2,500.00 on this cutaway. The guitar came with a setup to plug into an amp. Oh my lord, the sound was horrible. I also found out they he had installed the ARTEC tuner (which doesn’t work) to cover-up a split in the wood. I contacted him and all he did was curse at me and blamed me for his pro workmanship. I do have to say, it made a recent flower pot.

  • Juan says:

    I just want to thank you folks for share this information, I was about to fall for the look of the instruments I still thinking just to get the case it look so beautiful, any of you who already bought one of his guitars have any opinion on the cases?

    • Richard Sayage says:

      Hi Juan, I have seen the cases. They are aesthetically beautiful, but highly impractical from a safety and security point of view. They are somewhat flexible, offering, in my opinion, very little protection from minor to certainly maximum force upon an instrument. Rich

  • Dan Flickstein says:

    I have purchased six guitars from Renato. Only one causd me problems, which I attribute to my own foolishness. I kept my instruments openly displayed without ample humidification. I am fortunate that all my guitars (14) didn’t crack in the cold, dry New York winters. Yet only one cracked. Renato offered to replace my guitar with another. My cracked instrument was already three years old. He gave me a substantial discount on the new guitar. I thought him very fair. Moreover because I have been a returning customer, he has provided me with discounts on other guitars I have purchased from him. It is difficult to imagine that he curses at unhappy customers. He has never treated me with less than respect. I have found him to be a true gentleman in each transaction.
    By the way, there are many businesses which do not offer money back guarantees, but will offer a replacement product. Buyers should be aware of a seller’s policy before purchasing. My five Bellucci’s sound sweet and clear. Admittedly I am not a concert player, just an amateur who enjoys playing in the privacy of my home. I own one other classical guitar, constructed in the ’70s by John Zeidler. Its back and sides are Indian rosewood with a cedar top. I bought it used from Mandolin Brothers about a dozen years ago. ( Surely, anyone who knows guitars knows both Zeidler and Mandolin Brothers.) It’s tone “blew me away” when I played it at the shop. Two of my Bellucci’s equal that wonderful tone. The other three are a bit less than the Zeidler.
    I have written five testimonials for Renato’s site. None of them is doctored. I honor the man, and I love my Bellucci guitars. I am currently in Florida accompanied by my second Bellucci purchase, a cocobolo cutaway, which I play every day. It sounds beautiful.
    I do not doubt that there are people disappointed in their Bellucci guitars. There are companies with wonderful reputations which occasionally produce inferior products. For example my previous automibile was a Lexus HS250H. When I returned it to the deler, its lease completed, I expressed my disappointment in the vehicle’s performance. But I would not malign the entire Lexus line, as people on this site have done to Renato. Lexus is a fine luxury car. I own another one today.
    I tend not to respect those who call others “idiot” and “moron.” But I am grateful for the opportunity to post my experiences with Renato Bellucci. Thank you for that.

    • Richard Sayage says:

      Hi Dan,
      When you have seen numerous guitars, counting over 36, personally, worked on a dozen of them, some numbered in the 600’s and 700’s, have fielded numerous emails (over a hundred) of complaint simply because they have nowhere else to vent their anger, frustration and disappointment, and or be lied to about woods used or represented, etc., it becomes difficult to have trust in anything this man says or represents. He has doctored email complaints that were extremely negative to a positive spin. I have spoken with Renato on many occasions, begging me for the sake of his family and employees, to take down reviews, only to be lied to, manipulated, and or to have my time wasted, very precious time, even during vacations. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and those writings of mine (of which I take total responsibility), were written from truth, anger and open disrespect towards a man not worthy of further consideration. I made myself plain, clear and open. Plus I’m from Brooklyn, and you just can’t take the Brooklyn out of the boy. LOL

      In fairness to the open market, I post your comment. I am happy that you are pleased with what you have received from Renato. It is all I require. I can say nothing further, because all I ever asked Renato to publish and honor, was an acceptable return policy. Having him build another inferior guitar to replace the first inferior guitar is not it! Monies have to be protected. Charging exorbitant shipping fees is not it. Leaving people disappointed and angry is NOT IT.

      Bear in mind, that I am an expert in the field. I have offered to debate the issues in the open market with Renato on a public forum. Please note that he has not taken me up on my offer. My insults are the result of my time being wasted by this person. He has lied openly to me, to a friend of mine, and many of my own clientele. Woods, builds, finishes, tuning machines (cheap Korean and Chinese knockoffs, being charged hundreds of dollars for such), fret issues (really, mandolin frets on a classical guitar?), geometry issues, bridge, neck, binding issues, green woods, cracking, hazing, setup issues, apologies, but the list goes on. You don’t lie to people. You don’t cheat people. Not in my business, not when I am fully informed about the depths of his nefarious behavior towards people and towards me.

      He lives in Paraguay, far removed from liability and responsibility for his actions and his poor business manner to unhappy clientele. He has in essence, stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from people, people like you and I who work hard for their money. They trusted an over the top marketer, were lied to, cheated, left to distrust others in the business.

      In my business, you either make your customer 100% happy or nothing. Any builder worth his salt does the same. Any dealer in this business does the same. We are not car dealers, we are not furniture salesman, excepting the Mangore owner, we are not financial traders or brokers, with a Refund Policy that guarantees your happiness. They have laws for that.

      We, as a business, have our clientele. Your trust, your happiness with the transaction, with the product, with the service, is all we have at the end of every business day. Your word of mouth about me and my company is my bread and butter. Your trust in me, that I know the inferior from the superior, and that I only offer the latter is what I bank on and what allows me to sleep at night.

      Renato clearly does not know the difference, bent only towards the accumulation of the almighty dollar and nothing more. He has spam listed many people for voicing their complaints too loudly. Ask for your money back? Go ahead. Please report back the response. We’d all love to hear it.

      Ask me for a refund within acceptable time limits. Or Trilogy, GSI, or good friends of mine in England, Spain, France. You will be asked for shipping costs and the balance of your purchase is returned upon the receipt and excellent condition of the instrument sent to you. You have the knowledge and the fully realized expectation that your purchase is secure. Period. This is not negotiable. I will not tolerate any of my clients feeling abandoned. I have their back right through to their unequivocal satisfaction. Anything less is unacceptable.

      You do not have that with Renato. At the end of the day, that is all we want. Not to be lured by a pretty picture, woods that any builder in a hundred years would never use on a guitar, words upon flowery words, masterpiece this and that, only to be left empty, hollowed by the disrespect and thievery of a terrible person, willing to do that to another person who put their trust in him. No, he’s not the only one, there are others, but I’ll be dipped in hot steaming you know what if I’m going to let that slide, from him or any other person in my business where I am personally involved and have full knowledge of the overall situation. It’s how I roll. People love it or hate it and I’m okay with that. I don’t need people to love me, but I do need them to know that I have their back the moment they contact me, sit with me, or purchase from me and the many highly distinguished and reputable builders who grace me with their trust and their own reputations.

      Again, I’m pleased to hear there is a happy customer. It was bound to happen. After 800 guitars or a 1000 guitars? he was bound to figure something out. But does he have an ironclad Return Policy, monies secured, purchases guaranteed? I hazard to say, “not”. My best as always, Richard F. Sayage – Savage Classical Guitar

  • Dan Flickstein says:

    Just a brief thanks for responding. You are an articulate man and a good writer. I respect you for that. Without the Donald Trump tone, you appear much more intelligent. I too grew up in Brooklyn, and I know it’s tough not to seem tough – if you know what I mean.
    By the way I own a top of the liine Tacoma Amazon which has glue issues. Fender, which took over for Tacoma, refused to honor the lifetime warrnty which came with the guitar. Its sound is still fine, but I know it is diminished in value. Wish I had someone to repair it as a reasonble price.

    • Richard Sayage says:

      In Florida, the man to call is Bob Desmond, out of Orlando. Easily found on the web. He is meticulous and incredibly talented, as a builder and repair luthier. You couldn’t ask for a nicer guy either.
      On a personal note, Brooklyn brought out the best in me. From Wall St. to this world CG, no one expects me coming. I have no problem speaking my mind, and certainly no apologies for it. I can be articulate, I can be street gutter crude. imo, Renato deserves the latter. Individual mileage may vary. 🙂 I posted your comments in fairness, because that’s also how I roll. Best and hope Bob works out well for you.

  • Joe Gladney says:

    I have purchased three instruments from Renato. All three guitars were the best experiences I ever had purchasing an instrument. I have only ever had one issue with one of the guitars. The first instrument I purchased had the A string machine head key knob come slightly loose that when I played notes at certain registers it buzzed. I tightened it with a small wrench and never had the problem again. Furthermore, on all three purchases I called Renato directly and he took time to speak with me over the phone and was kind and generous. I also received discounts on the second and third instruments I purchased which he was not obliged to do. Renato Bellucci is a scholar of classical history and is a brilliant player but above all is a gentleman, a Christian and has only ever treated me with respect. Each Bellucci guitar I own has a very unique voice that is very special and stands apart from other instruments I have played or own. I have been playing guitar for more than a decade and I rarely run into an instrument that I can say decisively is far superior to any one of my three Bellucci guitars. I know there are luthiers that have brilliant talent and there are guitars around the world that are masterpieces and are treasured by their owners and enjoyed by those that hear them played. I will be the first to report with integrity, that out of the consideration of all of the guitars I have ever sat down and played; in all of the music boutiques and shops and stores, any one of my guitars built by Renato Bellucci are masterpiece instruments. They are brilliant and the timbre and volume of all three are more than adequate with the intonation of the higher registers perfectly in tune. I would not have thought that he didn’t know what he was doing, or any of his other builders either. Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience. -joe

  • Steve says:

    Richard, based on your articulate summaries, on how the internet reviews your company and your reputation, I have pulled away from the trigger in purchasing a Bellucci guitar. Lord knows I am tempted. I own many guitars and have played all of my life (old guy trust me). I mostly play steel string but recently have been drawn back to the classical guitars I own, hence, getting the bug for another one. Looks like I will be spending some time on your website. There are many good reviews on Bellucci Guitars and many not so good but when you calculate the odds of being satisfied together with the inability to get service in North America the decision is an obvious one.

  • Gerry says:

    I bougth a guitar on 2009 and it was advertised to be made of Brazilian rosewood but it was not. I am trying to make this instrument to sound the best possible but there are so many wrong things that it would take so long to describe. I bough this guitar thinking to be the ultimate guitar I ever bought but ended being the worst concert guitar I ever owned. Since then this bad experience took me to the next level and beguin to learn by myself how to fix and make classical guitars so I started to fix it myself and learn as much as I can about luthier work and found that it is not Brazilian rosewood as Renato claimed to be. It was stained to look like Brazilian but it was Indian rosewood. I am so upset about this guitar and decided to peel all the thick lacquer and replaced with French polish. I also removed fretboard and put a new cedar top with spruce bracing. I made also a new Brazilian rosewood bridge. Now it sounds decent and in the near future I am planning to construct my first guitar.

    • Richard Sayage says:

      Hi Gerry, thank you for taking the time to post. This is a more typical story, most unfortunately. I’m sorry you had to go through all of this. My best as always, Rich

  • Hi Rich
    I can’t thank you enough for your open and straight forward evaluations of Bellucci guitars.
    I, like many others was ready to purchase. That decision has now been reversed by the court of human appeals.

    So, the obvious question is how do players, non luither’ s, evaluate a new or used guitar for sale, say on eBay or any other website for that matter? Caveat emptor.

    Unless you can physically inspect the build, bracing, binding, purfling, inspect the verify the tonewood prior to purchase , along with all the other guitar building techniques etc … how can someone make an honest evaluation? Reputation is what the buyer is paying for.

    Any further inputs to enhance my trepidations would be greatly appreciated. BTW, I’m from Brooklyn also, but now live in Memphis.

    Steve Arena

  • tim buchanan says:

    Bought one of his guitars a while back. Boy was I suckered. The sides split away from the top shortly after arrival. This was due to the weird internal bracing the likes of which I hadn’t seen on any guitar. Notified Mr. Bellucci (unsure of the spelling) and sent it back to him, the guitar was “repaired” and they added a strip of some so called exotic wood to the back for aesthetics and because I was inconvenienced. again a short time later after the so called “repair” the sides started splitting away from the top and bottom of the guitar. At this point I declined on sending it back and took it to someone with more integrity. The verdict. the guitar was a stinking fetid pile of ………. I mean it was a poorly constructed mediocre sounding piece that wood have looked good as a prop. Brazilian rosewood no…but possibly phillipine mahogany unsure on that point. is mr. Bellucci a luthier? no. a furniture maker perhaps he could be. I guess every now and then I have to learn that all that glitters is not gold. Only the back is what I have left now. I think numbered 862, I don’t know perhaps I threw it out. I debated filming a crude little short which possibly involved ……….well you get the picture. maybe he can play guitars but I think that there is enough evidence that he surely can’t build them, so my advice, avoid Bellucci guitars.

    • Richard Sayage says:

      Hi Tim, again, in fairness, I post both types of experiences. Unfortunately, yours was a very negative one, and moreso, very typical. I’m sorry you went through this. Rich

  • Ivan Winata says:

    I’m a guitar dealer from Indonesia. In around 2010 i had a chance to evaluate 2 of Bellucci guitar. Luckily i’m not the buyer. It has all ‘upgarde’ features like violin tie, double tapa, etc etc. I must say, they are low performance guitar. Not a concert guitar. They performance are more or less like Yamaha student guitars. Weak volume, short sustain, poor set up (buzz everywhere, rough fret surface, etc etc).
    And recently, few months ago i have a chance to evaluate 1 of his guitar once again. Surprisingly, after 7 years the quality seems doesn’t improve at all.
    Those people who said positive things about Bellucci guitar are -mostly- doesn’t have any experience with real high quality concert guitars (like Dominique Field, Andrea Tacchi, Gernot Wagner, etc etc). So they think the Bellucci is good enough. But once we compare it side by side with a guitar by master luthier, we will instantly realize that the quality is far behind the standard. (Even my local luthier, could build guitars far much better than Bellucci).

    Thanks so much for Rich Sayage to post this warning. You have saved many people from buying this piece of junk.

    • Richard Sayage says:

      Thank you Ivan, for taking the time to write and help people across the world with more information about this builder. Rich Sayage

  • Teja Anders Jaensch says:

    Hi there, I’m surprised by this, as I just picked up a second hand guitar, made in 2008, and it is really beautiful, rich warm sound, lots of colour. A luthier here took a look at it for me and confirmed it was really good. Guess I got lucky?

  • Richard Sayage says:

    So, I received 2 comments this past weekend, that apparently came from Renato, calling me a racist, simply because I pointed out that he lives in Paraguay, where you have zero recourse, if you wish to sue him. ? ?? ???

    By the way, they were very poorly written, using guttural language directed towards me, etc, where I didn’t feel the need to post them for fear of offending anyone. I suppose this is what happens when you put yourself in the firing line, and I done knows I lined myself up! LOL It’s all good, where getting the truth out, from my point of view, is more important than the hate mail, snide comments, etc from who knows who?!

    Back to the actual subject matter of calling me a racist.

    I don’t understand. How does this make me a racist, (this while they point out that he’s Italian, as if I give a crap). My point is obvious, having nothing to do with national or racial bias. It has to do with the simple fact that he is remote, where you have zero recourse, and believe me, you need recourse if you interact with this person.

    This is a bad guy, one that needs to be avoided at all costs. He does not know how to truly build. They look fine (actually, that’s not true, they are way OVER-finished, as anyone can plainly see), but clearly they are not good instruments. I know. I’ve recounted many examples, way too many examples. Remember, I have personally inspected them, fixed them, done what I could do to make them sound, look and play. Pointless. They are that bad. You have been warned. I do this for your benefit. You must have recourse when you purchase, regardless with whom you make said purchase? How is this racist? Hehe, it is not. It is simply sound purchasing practice. Have a great day and be smart. You work hard for your money, I know, I get it. Best, Richard

  • Vicki bliss says:

    I am glad I found your website. I was considering a second guitar for Renato, one with a 640 scale rather than the 650 scale I have. I am going from memory here but I think I purchased this guitar around 2009…my classical guitar teacher loves it. It has wonderful tone and volume…made supposedly from African Blackwood and some kind of spruce top. It was expensive for me: $4000. Anyway, I still have it and it plays well but I did hear a buzz in the D string. I am going to replace all the strings and see if it disappears. Also, I play some electric guitar, jazz, and for a new classical guitar, I am considering a cut-away…it would be make it possible to play above the 12th fret. I keep humidifiers in the guitar. I believe this is important! Would welcome thoughts on a cut-away classical guitar.

  • frank Santino says:

    Reading many posts and with an outsider’s view. It sounds to me that Bellucci guitars have very poor quality control. it could be hit or miss. What the hell, that does not cut it with a guitar. It is also obvious that the guy has not conducted himself properly and has been unethical. I would not buy one of these guitars for the first reason, why buy overseas unless it was a company that was in the highest standings wth many years to back up the quality.
    If I saw one in store and inspected it and if it was at least 6 years old I would consider it; if it had a wow factor in sound and playability.
    Unfortunately, we are like fish we like to bite on something that shines.
    Anyway, I was always fascinated with the looks of the guitars and the market strategy that goes with one. I almost purchased one back when they were 1000 dollars, at least 10 years ago or more. I did not buy it because of not being sure about the above-stated reason.
    That is my outside observation of the situation.

  • Erik says:

    Hello, my name is Erik Hansen, I live in Paraguay and I have been working as a luthier since 2005 when I returned from a very productive year at the Tatui Conservatory, SP Brazil. I also work as an industrial engineer in the areas of air conditioning and design.
    Since then, I have done a lot of repair work on all kinds of instruments and built, together with a fellow craftsman, many guitars, some violins and double basses. Some of them very poor and others with very good results (natural learning process). I have never considered my guitars High-End, even when I have been told otherwise. I believe in charging fair and in learning in each instrument.
    I don’t know Renato personally, but I do know the people who work with him as employees and providers of handicraft services, hard-working and honest people but without adequate technical training.
    Unfortunately in Paraguay the market situation represents a great obstacle for the development of this art.
    I could talk a lot about our reality as Paraguayans and the factors that define the quality of an instrument built in our country, but I would go on too long.
    In honor of the truth, I understand that Renato hires different artisans for his guitars according to the price and labor availability of the employee, that explains why they sound so different, since each artisan has his own techniques and methodologies.
    You have to consider the different materials such as vinyl glues (I think that nobody uses bone glue here anymore), finishes and wood; which to be honest, in my country is a real ordeal when it comes to selecting and sawing or importing.
    I make classical guitars respecting classical methods and materials, I don’t use titebond for any of the structure of the top, only “hot glue”, especially in the fan, the fretboard and the bridge. I firmly believe that the sound of a guitar is closely linked to the use and correct preparation of materials and methodologies. I am sure that my instruments have a more or less stable timbre pattern since I always work on the same basis and they evolve from design and continuous improvement. I’m even building acoustic basses and my customers tell me there’s a distinctive “color” to the sound of guitars and basses. That can only happen with consistent practice and methodology. In Renato’s case there is no way to define or identify the true builders, many of them very skilled and others not so much.
    Anyway, I saw this post through a conversation I had today with a painter who worked with Renato for a long time and he told me about his experience as an employee.
    The idea that I want to express is that from this Mediterranean country it is very difficult to offer certain types of products and services, especially when potential clients are thousands of kilometers away. That’s why I haven’t embarked on the task of offering my guitars for export….yet.
    I couldn’t live with the impotence of not being able to offer 100% satisfaction service, let alone having to lie to charge $3,000 for a guitar.
    I don’t have many clients, I know that some have had their complaints but I have always responded and honesty is my only guarantee.
    I respectfully say goodbye to everyone and hope to one day send a guitar across borders.
    And I leave a reflection for those who “benefit” from discounts: if the guitar had a real maximun production cost of about $700 ( materials and craftman) with low-quality accessories and it costs $3,000 for the customer… Even with a 500 $ discount, well, doing financial math, it can be deduced that it is a scam and not a benefit.
    The guy realy didn’t sacrifice anything for you, or maybe he had to make the effort to turn himself a gentelman.
    Namaste

    • Richard Sayage says:

      Hi Erik, I appreciate the sentiment, but the fact remains, good people are good people, that does not make them good luthiers. I’m not going to bash anyone any further, as I am personally and professionally exhausted with pretenders, those who do not do business honorably, or conduct themselves properly. All the best and call on me anytime. Richard

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