Just got an Asian made Dell'Arte in today so I thought I would post a short review. These are all first thoughts as this guitar is right out of the box about 20 mins. ago.
Build looks solid and the guitar feels nice in the hand. It's not overly heavy and lighter then I expected from a factory made guitar. There are a few small very minor craftsmanship details that I can find mainly with the binding. These are not at all structural but small details. Things like the 45s where the binding meets the end block inlay... there been a bite has too much material trimmed away to make the 45 and then filled. Small things like that.
The top has a nice thin finish on it and the back and sides look to be a bit thicker. This could be due to the fact that the back and side were grain filled and top was not. But either way the finish is not too heavy.
Neck shape is very nice. Not unlike the Dell'Arte Hommage. In fact I would say that they are about the same neck profile.
The tailpiece is a DR and nice. The tuners are DR but of a lower model then the closed back, $300 type one can order as an upgrade. They tune well and look nice. Buttons are "mother of toilet seat" AKA faux MOP on the gray side in color.
Heavy, Tall and could be vastly improved.
Out of the box Setup:
Playability is about 40% of what it can be. The action is too high and the truss needs some serious adjusting. In short this guitar would benefit greatly from a full setup. For any one thinking about getting this guitar it will be worth the money to get a full setup, fret level and a better bridge.
It sounds like an Hommage. Has that Favino tone for sure. Loud with Guts and has a good snap.
This is a good guitar. It needs a real setup but it has a nice voice and if you are into the Favino tone you'll love it. It's light and barks when you want it to. I would play this guitar in a jam circle and not have to work overly hard to be heard.
Feel free to fire away with the questions...