Over the last 2~3 years, I have been trying on and off several guitars built by Jacques Castelluccia in the 1950s ~ 1960s. a few D-holes, and one f-hole. If you follow the flow of guitars that comes to Djangobooks, you have then seen most of them as I never kept more than one a time. I think one of them had even been copied by Bob Holo.
My friend Craig Bumgarner and I, are the 2 guitars of the Hot Club of DC. Craig and I have been interested in cracking the secret that made those guitars amazing. So, amongst other things, Craig has been studying those Castelluccia from all angles. And of course trying to reproduce them: taking the best of them, trying to improve the weak points and built a Super-Castelluccia based on a research-project on those 4~5 guitars. This project has been fruitful and led Craig to build 3 or 4 of them. Copies combine the best of what he has studied. Very rich with a lot of grain like a Busato, with a bit sweeter sound like a Favino. They're amazing.
I have resisted for the longest time not to get one, before I had to admit the obvious: I would have to pay > $4,500 to get the same guitar built by one the top builders today.So I got myself one, and it has everything I have loved in my previous Castelluccias.
If you don;t have a strong right hand, you'll be very pleased, as the sound is very full and satisfying. If you play gypsy style using the rest stroke, you'll get the best of it. Gypsy guitars sounds like it what they're played gypsy style, and Craig's guitar are no exception: they're excellent gypsy guitars.
One of Craig's guitars is coming to Djangobooks anytime soon and it's a great one. It's probably underpriced, but so were Bob's guitars a few years ago. Take a look at it today. You might regret it in a couple of years when Bumgarners become the new thing.