Michele Della Giustina (2023) – Masterpiece #399

Year: 2020-2023
Guitar nr.: #399
Soundboard: solid spruce top
Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
Fingerboard: Brazilian rosewood, pearwood
Neck: Mahogany
Finish: Top – egg white, linseed oil and wax; rest – linseed oil and wax
Tuners: Pagos tuners with boxwood buttons and aluminium rollers
Binding, undersaddle, rosette: spalted beech
Saddle: Carbon

When I received Guitar #399 crafted by my friend, luthier Michele Della Giustina, I was immediately awestruck by it. It looks stunning and has an unwavering attention to detail.

with beautiful, warm, enchanting tone, perfectly balanced across the frequency range, it’s quickly become my favourite guitar in my collection.

Michele Della Giustina (2001) – Innovation

This is an exquisite instrument made by the Italian luthier Michele Della Giustina (2001).

I spotted this guitar in late 2003 when it was already two years old. I fell in love immediately, knowing that it was the guitar I wanted there and then. Its charming tone has captivated me since the very first day and it’s still there and really makes this instrument a pleasure to play.

Soon after I got the guitar, I had the privilege of meeting this exceptional luthier. There have been very few people that I have encountered in my life, devoted to their work as passionately as signor Giustina. And there I was, on our first encounter with him, with only a handful of basic Italian vocabulary, and suddenly I found myself discussing every imaginable aspect of guitar-making with him and before I knew it, a couple of hours had passed by… In the years to follow, I have always been happy to come back and try out his recent instruments.

Michele is an open-hearted person who helped me understand the profound beauty of guitar playing. He is full of joy and yet there is something nearly mystical about him. And that’s exactly what his guitars are like – warm, alluring and inspirational.

My 2001 „Della Giustina“ has a sandwich-top construction (Canadian Cedar on the outside, Italian Spruce on the inside and a layer of Balsa wood in-between) and a beautiful „Rio“ Brazilian Rosewood on its back and sides. The latter, however, are reinforced with a layer of Spruce on the inside. The neck is made of Central American Cedar („cedrela odorata“) while the fingerboard is cut out of West-African Ebony (Gabon).