This superb instrument was built sometime in the 1940s by Jacques Castelluccia. Castelluccia was one of the many famous Italian luthiers to make his name in France (along with Busato, DiMauro, Favino, Anastasio, Maccaferri, etc.) Castelluccia is the oldest continuously running shop in Paris, still producing guitars under the direction of Jacques Castelluccia's son, Jean-Baptiste.
While the price of guitars made by Busato (along with other Italian makers such as Favino and Maccaferri) have skyrocketed in recent years, Castelluccia's have been largely overlooked. But after playing this guitar, I think anyone would agree that Castelluccia was also capable of building guitars on par with his more famous contemporaries.
This instrument features Selmer like dimensions: 670mm scale, a 15 3/4" wide body, and 3 3/4" body depth. Castelluccia's ultra lightweight three brace design weighs in at only 3.4 lbs, among the lightest guitars I've ever had in the shop. The back and sides are Cuban mahogany, the top is spruce, and the neck is mahogany. The tailpiece is an original nickel JC. The tuners are also original.
The condition of this instrument is excellent! There is a surface crack on the lower treble bout, but it does not go all the way through the top. There is also a spot on the back, close to the cutaway, where some of the laminate has chipped off. Also, the back of the neck has some wear, mostly in the first position so it feels a little rough in that area. All in all, very minor damage for it's age. The frets are new and the action is set at an easy playing 3.2mm.
The tone of this instrument is bold and defiant, with prodigious volume and cutting power that few guitars can match. A real powerhouse with volume to spare.
This model was made famous by Dorado Schmitt who played a similar Castelluccia in the Bireli Lagrene's Live Jazz a Vienne DVD.
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|Model Number||D Hole|
|Sound Hole||D Hole|
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 3/4"|
|Back and Sides||Cuban Mahogany|
|Tuners||Three on a plate|
|Case||FX Molded Foam|