new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

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new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by ivan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:17 am

On December 2017 i finally got my new Andrea Tacchi. Since the very beginning of the construction process, i have told Andrea that the sound is my first top priority. So basically, Andrea is free to choose whatever woods he likes or do anything on my guitar as long as he feels it will produce the best possible sound. I also request a slightly brighter sound and wider range of tone color (based on my previous experience with some coclea). I never talk / ask for power or loudness.
At first, Andrea prepare a very special set of more than 100 years old dark quarter cut Brazilian RW for my guitar. But after hear my preference, he definitely sure Wenge will gives the best possible result. And finally he choose a set of wenge plus padauk as the inner layer (double back & double side).
The tuning machine are very special Rodgers with sterling silver plate and 24k gold plated parts, black cloche shaped MOP button.
Of course, Andrea is also worldwide known for his fancy and extravagant rosette. For this area, i request him to build a complex rosette to show off his artistry, but don't make it fancy or too much blink in it.

After getting the guitar out of the hardcase, i check closely every detail of it. The craftmanship and polish quality is of course on the very high level. Especially the french polish that surprisingly very clean and strong enough. I play this guitar around 4 hours everyday and it still looks pristine until now.
It is very lightweight with only around 1.480 grams.
The action on 12th fret is only 2.8 and 3.7mm, but it is absolutely buzz free unless you push on tasto area near the neck. Andrea put 4 super strong carbon rods inside the neck, he said it helps him to achieve low action with minimum buzz.

For the sound, as expected it has signature sound of Tacchi Coclea guitar. Superb balance, bold, thick, long sustain, and very dense like a piano. It has very unique sound, the initial attack is bright and crispy, and after the crispy attack it follows by very refine and velvety texture of overtones that can makes anyone produce a good tone even with not so good nail.
But to my surprise, the most impressive thing on this guitar is the power / loudness. But this is not the 'slap in your face' type of loudness like Simon Marty or Toni Mueller. It is more like a well played old guitar with very open and loose response. It is extremely loud, i compare it side by side with some Aussie lattice (my clients guitar, not mine) like Jim Redgate, Graham Caldersmith. The volume is on par with those lattices and of course louder than most double tops. I also compare it with some powerful solid top guitars : Giovanni Tacchi - Daniel Friederich hommage, Paulino Bernabe concierto and especial, 2 Jean Noel Rohe, 3 Joshia de Jonge guitars, and even 2015 Dominique Field. And still this guitar is the most powerful than any other guitars i've tried so far.
I never ask Andrea to build a loud guitar for me, but he gives me this blatant canon. So maybe i'm just lucky this time. Absolutely beautiful sounds with extra turbo power :lol:
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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by Philosopherguy » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:22 am

Impressive looking guitar! Congratulations! It has a very cool look to it. If it sounds how you describe it, it must be really something! Enjoy playing it!

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Post by John Oster » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:30 am

Stunning. Congratulations, and may it bring you many years of pleasure.
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Post by chiral3 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:34 am

That’s basically pornography. As if it was needed, Congratulations!
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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by powderedtoastman » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:50 am

Congrats, that is beautiful!
I'm curious about the top. Is it three pieces of wood, or is it one piece that's been stained in the outside sections and left with its natural color in the middle?

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Post by astro64 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:02 am

Beautiful guitar. I am curious, having a wenge back/side guitar myself, that is a pretty dense wood, so are the double back and sides made with very thin individual pieces of wenge and padauk (so not each 2mm thick, but less)?

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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by bacsidoan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:14 am

powderedtoastman wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:50 am
Congrats, that is beautiful!
I'm curious about the top. Is it three pieces of wood, or is it one piece that's been stained in the outside sections and left with its natural color in the middle?
Thuja (cedar) + Picea (spruce) ==> Thucea

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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by ivan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:33 am

Yes. It is 3 pieces top with spruce in the middle and cedar in both wings.

Andrea said both spruce and cedar for this model is specially prepared for a couple years so they have a similar expanding and contraction rate.
So basically we can not just simply joint spruce and cedar together.

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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by powderedtoastman » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:57 am

Thanks, I had never heard of that!

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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by ivan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:29 am

astro64 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:02 am
Beautiful guitar. I am curious, having a wenge back/side guitar myself, that is a pretty dense wood, so are the double back and sides made with very thin individual pieces of wenge and padauk (so not each 2mm thick, but less)?
Not sure about the exact thickness. It has 3 back braces from light colored wood, maybe cypress?
I think you are right, each wood layer might be very thin because the guitar is not a heavy built guitar.

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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by bacsidoan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:23 pm

I also would like to point out the difference in grain pattern of the cedar outer pieces. It appears that the one on the treble side is tighter, perhaps for the enhancement of treble response. Ivan, could you ask the Maestro about that?

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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by CT20 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:57 pm

Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations and enjoy it!

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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by riffmeister » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:17 pm

I've played one, briefly.....Absolutely Amazing Guitar! And of course the craftmanship is not of this planet! Congrats!!

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Post by zupfgeiger » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:32 pm

Congrats again, Ivan. I know it is a great guitar. I had the pleasure to try it out in Andrea's workshop before delivery. Many happy hours with this unique instrument. Andrea is a wonderful craftsman and artist.
Giovanni Tacchi, Bouchet model, spruce/BRAZ, 2018
Tobias Braun, Manuel Ramirez model, torrefied spruce/birds eye maple, 2018
Andrea Tacchi, Enrique Garcia model, Spruce/BRAZ, 2016
Giovanni Tacchi, Daniel Friederich copy, cedar/EIR, 2017

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Re: new Andrea Tacchi - Coclea Thucea review

Post by Intune » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:51 pm

Congratulations on getting a very beautiful and exciting instrument! That saddle looks unique. Are the treble and bass strings resting on different materials? The treble area looks dark (carbon fiber?) while the bass looks more traditional (bone?) Appreciate clarification of the saddle material. Thanks.
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