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Alberico, Fabrizio
II'm not sure my parents knew it, but as soon as they named me, they created a woodworker. What else could I be, given that Fabrizio means "craftsman" and Alberico means "tree"? And since my Grandmother was a D'Addario of the famous string-making family, you could say I was destined to become a luthier.My first real introduction to the guitar came during University, when I was looking to learn an instrument that was more portable than the piano. The acoustic guitar intrigued and inspired me from the very beginning. I loved the fact that it was relatively simple to play, yet incredibly difficult to play well. I became an immediate admirer of the fingerstyle method of playing, and went about learning everything I could about the style. The more I learned, the more I realized that very few guitars deliver the responsiveness, balance, dynamic range, and complexity of tone that fingerstyle players demand. What began as a curiosity about how the guitar is built, quickly developed into my education as a luthier, informally at first, and then through an apprenticeship with master luthier Sergei de Jonge of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.Sergei has been building exquisite concert classical guitars for 30 years. His classical guitars possess the tonal qualities that are so elusive in the steel-string world, and many of his ideas on construction and bracing have crossed over into the steel-string with great success. I have combined these ideas with those of other great builders, added a few of my own innovations, and come up with designs for guitars that are ideal for fingerstyle players.-Fabrizio Alberico I I've enjoyed the work of Fabrizio Alberico for years. We get to see one another at the various shows and it's always a pleasure. He's truly inspired in his art and I love to play his guitars. Every time we get an Alberico in the shop I'm sure to spend time with it.
Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
Les Finnigan, Kelly Joe Phelps, Bruce Molsky, Martin Hayes, Paul Asbell
Grand Auditorium, Orchestra Model, Concert Classical
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