Del Vecchio (guitar maker)

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Del Vecchio guitar

Casa Del Vecchio Ltda. of São Paulo, Brazil, has produced a wide range of guitars and other string instruments since Angelo Del Vecchio founded the company in 1902. In the 1930s, they began producing resonator guitars,[1] resulting in their most famous model: the Dinâmico, (their trade term for resophonic instruments).

In addition to the Dinâmico guitar, which is still in production, Del Vecchio also produced Dinâmico cavaquinhos, approximately like a resonator ukulele, and resonator mandolins. They also produce standard acoustic instruments, as well as Hawaiian-style lap steel guitars.

Players[edit]

  • One of the most famous players of the Del Vecchio Dinâmico resonator guitar was country musician Chet Atkins. Atkins was initially introduced to the instrument by the music of Nato Lima of the group Los Indios Tabajaras.[2]
  • On his 1965 RCA Victor album My Favorite Guitars, Chet Atkins refers to his Dinamico as his "Los Indios Tabajaras" guitar and says that "the lead guitarist...sent his [to Atkins] and got himself another like it in his native land, where they are readily available." Tracks on the album, where Atkins uses the Dynamico, are Josephine and Moon of Manakoora.
  • Chet Atkins is credited with playing a Del Vecchio lead guitar on the tune "Turn Around" on Nanci Griffith's Other Voices, Other Rooms.
  • Earl Klugh, a protégé of Chet Atkins, received a Dinâmico from Atkins. Though he enjoyed the sound, he was unimpressed with the quality, eventually asking luthier Paul McGill to build him a refined version.[3]
  • Leo Kottke also played a Dinâmico, which happened to be sitting in the studio. He played it for its unique sound on the track The Grid on his 2005 Sixty Six Steps.[4]

Offshoots[edit]

  • Paul McGill builds resonator guitars inspired by the Dinâmico design[5]
  • The Japanese guitar company Shaftesbury produced a copy of the Dinâmico in the 1970s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ James, Steve. Inside Blues Guitar. String Letter Publishing, 2001.
  2. ^ Cochran, Russ. Chet Atkins: Me and My Guitars. Hal Leonard Publishing, 2003. Pg 178
  3. ^ Acoustic Guitar, June 1996
  4. ^ The Music Player.com interview with Leo Kottke, January 2006
  5. ^ Acoustic Guitar, issue 58 (Oct 1997)

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