GIAMBATTISTA MODELS FRENCH-ITALIAN MASTERPIECES OF THE LUTHIER'S ART
From Paris, the City of Light, comes the most brilliant line of high-end student and professional guitars ever offered in the U.S.
Jean-Baptiste Castelluccia, third-generation Parisian luthier, built his first guitar at the age of 13 to give to a boyhood friend who was an avid player. He learned the art at the workbench of his father who carried on the work of his own father who had come to Paris from Italy in the 1940's.
The goal of all three Castelluccias has been to provide the best possible instruments, using the finest tone woods, at the lowest possible prices.The first Castelluccia, named Giambattista concentrated, when he immigrated from Rome to Paris in 1946, on making Django Reinhardt-style acoustic jazz guitars which were all the rage during the Swing era in France. His son Jacques then shifted the direction towards classical guitars to fill the demand created by the growing French classical guitar interest spurred by such players as Ida Presti and Alexander Lagoya, Roberto Aussel and Alberto Ponce.
The present Jean-Baptiste, grandson of the founder of the atelier, builds and oversees the making of some of Europe's finest student and concert classical guitars.
Like all fine guitars, these must be tried and compared to be truly appreciated. I invite you to do so if you are looking for the best possible quality in a moderately priced guitar.
Giambattistas also come in cutaway acoustic-electric versions featuring Fishman dual pickups and the same exceptionally fine workmanship as the regular models. If this option interests you, please give us a call or email us.
Let me add as a side note, that after 46 years of dealing exclusively with classical guitars, I have never before been so impressed by the honesty of the workmanship and the superiority of the product as I am with this line of exceptional guitars.
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Here are a few testimonials:
NEW MODEL "Concertino" - After extensive research, Jean Baptiste Castelluccia has produced an exceptional new model, the"Concertino". With exquisite solid Madagascar rosewood back and sides and new carbon reinforced bracing, this guitar has increased power and greater response combined with remarkable balance and clarity. At the same time it preserves the richness and beauty of a traditional tone.
Paris, FRANCE 2014
Western Red Cedar or Spruce Soundboard, Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, Ebony fingerboard, 650 mm string length. Spruce soundboard currently available.
Model G6 - Fine quality spruce or cedar soundboards and solidIndian rosewood back and sides, 650 string length, great depth of resonance and excellent sustain. Fine German-made Rubner machines (Hauser style). Clear nitrocellulose lacquer finish. $2100 with high grade English polyfoam case.
Model G6b - Same tone woods in higher grade and matched Indian rosewood back and sides, same string length, richer tone and greater projection. Rubner machines. Clear nitrocellulose lacquer. This model and the higher models G8 and 60th Anniversary are in every sense superb values for guitars that straddle the line between upper end student/amateur guitars and professional concert guitars. $2450 with case.
Model: G8 Highest quality Alpine Spruce or Western Red Cedar soundboard. First grade East Indian rosewood back and sides. Ebony fingerboard with nickel alloy frets. 650 mm scale with 52 mm bone nut. Spanish cedar neck reinforced with ebony center strip. Excellent German-made Rubner tuners in the Hauser style. The power and open, clear tone of this model will amaze you. $2950 with case.
Model: G6 PCE Paris, FRANCE, German Spruce Soundboard, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Ebony fretboard with 650 string length, $ 3200 OUT OF STOCK
Here is an excellent AMPLIFIED version of the best selling G-series with graceful cutaway and highly responsive Fishman dual pickups. A top quality instrument for gigs when extra volume is needed with refined tone.
Built with fine grained solid spruce on the soundboard and higher quality Indian rosewood on the back and sides. This full bodied version has exceptional clarity and richness of tone when played both acoustically and amplified. A winning French-Italian combination of guitar making skill.
Sold with a hard polyfoam case with shoulder straps and pouch. Special order.
GIAMBATTISTA Model: 60th Anniversary
Paris, France, 2014
Western Red Cedar or German Spruce Soundboard,
Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
Ebony fretboard with 650 mm string length
$ 3300 with case
The Giambattista 60th Anniversary model from the famous Franco-Italian workshop of J. Castellucia is the pinnacle of this old guitar-making enterprise's creations with the choicest tone woods from the German Alps and East India.
The guitar delivers a full rich tone, warmer than the general run of spruce top instruments with excellent sustain and projection. The clear definition of notes allows for expressive interpretation of contrapuntal music and the great dynamic range embellishes romantic works. A fine guitar for an aspiring concert artist.