Andrea Tacchi was born in Florence (Italy) in 1956 when the city was flourishing with artisan workshops and artists’ studios. This stimulating environment and meeting the South American guitar maker Ricardo Brané made him a luthier. He developed his craftmanship and artistic tastes in close contact with Robert Bouchet and Daniel Friederich during the 80s. Later, he kept learning from other important guitar makers, such as Ignacio Fleta, José Romanillos, and Robert Ruck, traveling in person to the United States, England, and Spain. Andrea Tacchi’s absolute mastery was generously and legitimately rewarded. He received early on in 1985 the first prize in the prestigious international guitar-making competition, the “Concours International des Facteurs de Guitare”, organized by Robert Vidal of Radio France. From there on, global recognition by guitarists and collectors led him to build a waiting list among the most impressive in guitar history. As a result, the number of legendary guitarists, prestigious professors, and young generation concerts who play Andrea Tacchi guitars. To name a few: Carlo Marchione, Carlotta Dalia, Antigoni Goni, Renata Arlotti, Filomena Moretti, Flavio Cucchi, Robert Gruca, Colin Davin, Minoru Inagaki, and Marcelo Kayath.
The 2016 Andrea Tacchi Coclea guitar is a paragon of modern lutherie, blending exceptional playability with an artistic design. This instrument, crafted by one of the luminaries of the guitar-making world, Andrea Tacchi, stands out not only for its superb craftsmanship but also for its auditory and visual splendor.
At the heart of this guitar’s appeal is its powerful and responsive nature. It offers a wide sound-color range, allowing players to effortlessly express a vast array of tones and nuances. This versatility makes it an ideal choice for guitarists looking to explore diverse musical landscapes, from delicate finger-picking to robust strumming.
The tonal quality of the guitar is both rich and mature. Its sound is characterized by a warm, singing, and romantic essence, ideal for musicians who seek to evoke deep emotional connections through their playing. This mature tone lends itself to a multitude of musical genres, enabling the guitarist to traverse from classical to contemporary styles with ease.
Aesthetically, the guitar is a work of art. It is in excellent condition, with only a few touched-up nail marks near the bridge, which do not detract from its overall beauty. The use of gold leaves in the rosette and binding is a testament to Tacchi’s attention to detail and commitment to aesthetic excellence. These elements add a touch of opulence, making the guitar not just an instrument, but a visual masterpiece.
The luxurious Rodgers tuning machine is another highlight, renowned for its precision and elegance. It not only enhances the guitar’s visual appeal but also ensures smooth and accurate tuning.
Another special feature are the fine dots of pure gold embedded in the bindings and the unnique scale of 635mm, which provides a comfortable and natural playing experience. This shorter scale length is particularly beneficial for players who find standard scale lengths challenging, enabling easier reach and less tension in the strings.
Owning a guitar from Andrea Tacchi, given the long waiting times typically associated with his sought-after instruments, is a rare opportunity. This 2016 Coclea model is not just an instrument; it’s a collector’s item and a testament to the legacy of one of the great contemporary guitar makers. Its exceptional playability, combined with its striking aesthetics, makes it a highly desirable instrument for both professional performers and guitar enthusiasts.
|Back and sides:||Indian rosewood|
|Air body frequency:||G#|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|
|Case:||Hiscox Pro II|