The precision that Daniele consistently builds into his instruments is building him an enviable reputation. Precision that is common to both spruce and cedar top guitars and spans their set up, fingerboard, general construction and detailing.
Both spruce and cedar models are fitted with an exclusive, custom made, tuning machine that matches the design of the guitar. Once completed the standard guitars are supplied in a protective hard shell case.
However the choice remains in the hands of those who play and the sound they wish to create and he offers both his take on traditional spruce and contemporary cedar types of guitars in his catalogue.
The Daniele Chiesa Spruce Top Guitar
Although spruce top guitars are seen as the more traditional classical guitar the techniques Daniele uses in their construction make them just as modern as his cedar top instruments.
Recognising that many traditional spruce top guitars had shortcomings that made them limiting for the contemporary repertoire and performances in larger venues. Daniele believes that he has eliminated many of the problems but continues with work to develop his guitar depth and quality of sound.
Those who play one of Daniele’s Spruce guitars reflect not only on their precise sound but also they hear the individuality and character that he builds into every instrument. No longer is lack of volume, weak bass depth and thin sounding trebles a problem.
The Daniele Chiesa Cedar Top Guitar
Daniele has worked to give the Cedar guitar models he makes a sound closer to that of his spruce instruments however they still posses their own character. A sound defined by one concert player as ‘sprucy’ sounding instruments, yet is clearly a cedar top. Continuing to establish a reputation as a fine instrument Daniele’s cedar models are finding new aficionados among guitar agents, artists and collectors.
The small things that set a Daniele Chiesa guitar apart.
Along with the craftsmanship that only a true master guitar maker can build into each instrument, the artists, teachers and collectors who invest in a classical guitar made by Daniele Chiesa expect the sound to be right and every detail to be perfect. As with all bespoke instruments of this quality, like works of art, proof of their provenance is important to realising their true value in the future.
Consistency continues to be the watchword of Daniele’s work. For years he has methodically worked to closely monitor a narrow range of variations during the production process, even taking into account the natural variations that occur in the wood he uses. By precisely understanding these fine variations he is able to control the consistent quality of the end product. This level of control is just one of the measures that give his customers the confidence when ordering a custom made guitar that the instrument they will receive will play in line with the way the one they heard or played.
During production each guitar is given a certificate of authenticity, it is tracked through his workshop and at each stage of the process it is photographed, numbered and catalogued. Even the DNA of each individual Instrument he makes can be traced using the wood from the sound hole that he keeps as part of the authenticity procedure.
Today you’ll find Daniele
and his family at home in Competa
Regarded as the home of the classical flamenco guitar Andalucía has drawn many talented players and skilful artisan makers to its vibrant cities and White Mountain villages.
Now established as a maker of fine classical guitars Daniele has settled into his life as a husband and father. The two parts of his life could not be more different, on one hand his temperature controlled workshop smells of the beautiful woods he works with and offers him a tranquil environment. His home on the other hand reflects his Italian roots where family and good food are celebrated.