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
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