Friday, February 16, 2018

1950's Del Vecchio Classical Guitar... Twins?

Welcome back friends!

Let's dive right into our first guitar.  This beautiful classical guitar is a 1950's era Del Vecchio. This particular model is the Super Vox. I happened to find this beauty in Indiana, USA of all places.

Del Vecchio Guitars, or Casa Del Vecchio Ltda. in São Paulo, Brazil has been around since 1902 and was founded by Angelo Del Vecchio.

The company is alive and well and has been making a resurgence over the last few years and is still located in São Paulo and did not receive much notoriety in the United States until some guy named Chet Atkins played one. ;) I hope you picked up on the sarcasm there via the smiley, but if not, Chet is one of the most talented and influential guitarists of all time. 

Chet was first introduced to the Del Vecchio Dinamico through the music of Nato Lima from Los Indios Tabajaras. The Dinamico had a special sound that Chet wanted to use in his music.  It's a classical guitar and resonator wrapped into one. You can hear him play it in songs such as "Moon of Manakoora" and "Hawaiian Wedding Song". Now, let's get back to some Del Vecchio history.

Del Vecchio has made many types of string instruments in addition to classical guitars including: mandolins, resonator guitars, lap steel guitars, tenor guitars, 7 and 12 string guitars, cutaway guitars, cavacos, violas and banjo ukuleles to name a few! These guys have been busy.

This 1950s classical guitar is a testament to their beauty, craftsmanship and unique sound.  Check out the name plate on the headstock! It's a work of art in itself!

Unfortunately, there hasn't been much information recorded or easily accessible on the US side for dating Del Vecchios which is one of the reasons I started this blog! I had to contact Del Vecchio directly to get assistance. Here is what they had to say about this one.

Surprise, it's twins! That's right folks, I was lucky enough to find this dark beauty first! I picked her up in Greenville, South Carolina. I'm not sure the history or how it got here but she is gorgeous and it doesn't matter. The Del Vecchio luthier confirmed this guitar is also from the same era as the maple/white acai one in this blog but it is made from Brazilian Rosewood!

Check out these videos to hear each. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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I plan to write a follow up blog in the future with more information on these so stay tuned!

Here is a link to Del Vecchio today.


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