2020 Andrea Tacchi "Coclea Thucea - Fibonacci - Clair de Lune" CS/EB
|Back & Sides||Exotic Ebony|
|Scale Length||654 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
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Because every guitar Andrea builds is intentionally unique (primarily in the aesthetic treatment), he therefore likes to find an appropriate name for each of his instruments. Andrea told us that for this guitar, he gave it a temporary placeholder name at first of just "Ebony" and then "Ebony and Gold" or "Black and White". But these were only names to identify the guitar during the period of construction. It was late one night, just before finishing up and shutting off the lights in his workshop that Andrea finally decided to take some photos of the instrument to send to us. The guitar was already varnished, but still not strung up. Lying upside down, with a table lamp illuminating her at a slant, the light brought out the natural "chiaroscuri" created by the contrast between the sapwood’s creaminess and the darkness of the ebony. It reminded Andrea of the moon reflected on the sea at night. An infinite number of almost imperceptible white whiskers, patterns characteristic of this superb wood, were illuminated and seemed like subtle reflections on the crests of waves. He put some music on his stereo - his favorite recording of Debussy by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and as "Claire de Lune" passed through his speakers, it was clear to Andrea that the name was already there, written clearly in the air, and it was perfect for the guitar.
Notable qualities of this guitar are an easy emission of sound, a great variety of timbre, polyphonic clarity, increased volume, great playability and relaxed, comfortable string tension. Back and sides are made with ebony for the exterior, lined internally with maple for the sides and birch for the back. Andrea allowed the natural contrasting heartwood/sapwood of the ebony to decorate the center seams on the back, sides and head veneer. This is a "Fibonacci" model which is primarily in reference to the rosette design which in itself is quite an artistic marvel. It has inlays of gold leaf in an expanding Fibonacci sequence, with the spaces in between filled with a Garcia-inspired checkered mosaics which are sized in "golden ratio" proportions generated from each of the preceding gold leaf measurements. In the areas of the rosette nearest the fingerboard and in the tieblock of the bridge, he has inlayed an assortment of bits of gold, and collage of purfling fragments floating in clear epoxy, including two vitreous black onix stones from Brazil. The bridge is maple, veneered with ebony and the tie block is capped with Mouflon horn (from the island of Sardinia) with more of the purfling fragments and gold pieces in clear epoxy as in the rosette. Even the saddle itself is a composite of bone and carbon fiber to transmit vibration as efficiently as possible - Andrea sees this juncture of "string to body" in much the same delicate way as a needle on a record player. Fitted with Rodgers tuners and 20th fret. Overall a very sophisticated guitar, successfully achieving its intended aims, the primary of which is beauty of sound.Orfeo Magazine article on Tacchi, Locatto and Frignani