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Inside | Bacci Guitars
Aimed at inspiring musicians to broaden their musical and creative horizons, Bacci baritone guitars and basses are hand-crafted in Tuscany by skilled artisans. Each guitar is expertly assembled by luthier Bruno Bacci, who adjusts the tension and intonation to ensure maximum vibration and sound definition before hand-finishing each instrument, making every Bacci instrument truly one-of-a-kind!
After getting our own hands on a Bacci Leonardo Funk Machine, Chicago Music Exchange met up with Bruno Bacci and Mark Lettieri at The NAMM Show 2022. Now, as a result of our growing partnership with the luthier, CME is proud to be the ONLY destination for Bacci Guitars in the United States!
With a diverse range of expertise developed while working in a variety of professional fields, both in Italy and abroad, early on in his career—from metallurgy to marketing, carpentry, and graphic design—luthier Bruno Bacci brought a wide set of skills and a unique perspective to his passion for creating musical instruments to become a master of his craft.
After years of repairing instruments and setting up countless guitars and basses for professional musicians, Bacci found his center of gravity by starting with the voice of the wood, then working towards creating what he calls a “harmonic chorus” among all the parts of his instruments. Naturally, he began to apply his knowledge to creating musical instruments that integrate his artistic sensibilities and design skills, so that all aspects of Bacci baritone guitars and basses have been given careful consideration, with attention to every detail.
If you’ve heard Mark Lettieri, Cory Wong, and their uber-funky joint endeavor, The Fearless Flyers, then you’ve undoubtedly heard this guitar in action!
The Leonardo Funk Machine Dual Output is the result of a study to maximize the potential of baritone guitars in contemporary music. Created to inspire unconventional tones and creativity, the Leonardo offers baritone players both comfort and playability, plus an innovative second output, dedicated to the bass pickup and positioned under the baritone’s three bass strings for a sound that’s richer and deeper, opening up new ideas and playing techniques.
For Bruno Bacci, a lover of Tuscan woodworking art, there is a very strong connection between the porous alder body of the Amrita IV and its percussive, warm, and airy sound. Crafted from an apparently solid piece of wood, if you look closely at its alder body, you’ll see that it has tiny tonal chambers made by the insect larvae of woodboring beetle, which give the Amrita IV a punchy, airy sound that has made bassists like Michael League—composer, producer, and founder of Snarky Puppy—fall in love with it.
As the newest instrument design from Bruno Bacci, the Marleo V was designed to feature extremely well-balanced weight distribution. Boasting Bacci’s construction standards, the Marleo V offers basissts a lightweight, comfortable instrument with pristine intonation and sonic versatility made even more vast with a Norstrand Audio active three-band preamp, which further increases the Marleo’s tone-shaping capabilities.
Help us, help you! Call us at (773) 525-7773 or chat us on our website and we can help find the right Bacci Guitar for you to add to your own collection!
Whether you’re interested in any of the instruments we have in stock, or you’d like to choose from among the custom options available for order, call, chat us, or visit CME’s Lincoln Avenue showroom to learn more about Bacci baritone guitars and basses!SHOP BACCI GUITARS
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