Valter Vincenti – endorsement and italian guitars

I have recommended the C-Big Beat for Valter Vincenti new EKO endorsement, which will play during the 2016 tour of Alborosie. To be mounted on the eko “Aqua” model.

Valter Vincenti, chitarrista attuale di Alborose.
Valter Vincenti and Federico Cesarini

Today, a day to find the “voice” of Valter Vincenti. We found something at the end! Our relationship is consolidated, after having met us in the laboratory for a simple maintenance, a musical collaboration is tightened.

In the meanwhile we are thinking about the now ready C-MOP lp vintage series ’70 guitar, for Alborosie 2017 tour. Valter definetely likes italian guitars.

I want to remind myself that the endorsers are very useful to makers, not so much for the commercial promotion of the product (through clinic or video), but more than anything else to understand the timbric tastes of the period and to test the instruments.

The exasperated marketing of the products, through a musician who often does not even know the subject well or who in any case does not really feel a feeling with what he is playing, has always turned out to be sterile. Another thing is the test of a musician who knows the instrument, has played it, brought it in the tuor. It is possible to listen to Valter in Cesarini Jam Session 4.2, where he plays with C-Big Beat, Cesarini Pickups.

Valter on Cesarini Custom Shop during is trial test with C-Big Beat, Cesarini pickups.

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C-Reptilia, a Masterbuilt – custom guitars

C-Reptilia, sharp like a knife!

custom guitars
custom guitars

It is part of the Masterbuilt series, which are custom guitars completely customized and crafted.

The sound of his pickups (Cesarini pickups) and its shapes wink at the Ibanez guitar concept, but the fingerboard, the neck, the tuners and the bridge maintain the Fender Stratocaster characteristics. Jescar fret (USA) semi-jumbo (about 2.4mm) gold button in stainless steel, approx 1.2mm high crown (therefore quite high), allowing a perfect intonation and sustain.

custom guitars
custom guitars

Typical strat electronics, tone-tone-volume with 3-way switch and addition of a selector to have the versatility of the sounds (combination of bridge + neck and three pickups together).

The pickguard is special, a mirrored and split polycarbonate, creates a reptile-like armor effect, hence its name. The varnishing  helps to strengthen the “iguana” effect.

Cool electric guitar for sale
Cool electric guitar for sale

Stratocasterian neck, thick on the width of “C” shape but larger to the nut. From there the strings go straight on to the peghead, where the angle is studied to perfection, so that there is no need for the string D-G to have a retainer, which often makes these two hard registers to play at the top positions. Wilkinson tremolo bridge, beautiful fluid, which does not lose tuning easily.

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Fender custom pickups style – Cesarini Pickup

With Stefano we met through about 2016, it was spring and he was about to prepare for the tour of Patty Pravo, which would take place in Italy in the summer. He showed me his Stratocaster Fender, which did not fully convince him of setup and sound. We made a nice change of keys, change the nut (had a roller nut, which did not seem positioned in the best way) and then we tried our set of C-Shapely single coil pickups.

Stratocaster Stefano Cerisoli + pickup Cesarini C - Shapely
Stratocaster Stefano Cerisoli + C-Shapely
C-Shapely pickups Cesarini
montaggio del set C-Shapely

C-Shapely is a kind of Fender Custom Pickup, that comes with very similar tonal qualities in the three positions. So there is not a bridge too loud or too dark and swollen handle, the sound is always faithful to a certain sound. The compensation of volumes between the various positions is therefore not through a progressive impedance, but through the arrangement of the magnets. The result is a very interesting set – usable in any genre, but that gives the maximum in pop, funky, rock. The coil is made of dielectric bakelite, which makes their look very vintage.

From this our first meeting a collaboration was born. We will also be preparing Stefano Cerisoli for the Masini tour. Here he gave us a small demonstration of the newly assembled pickups.

Stefano Cerisoli endorsement Cesarini Pickups

Biography follows

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Rehairing, some advices (example during a violin bow rehair)

Our advice to evaluate a rehairing.

on pic a double bass rehairing

  • if the hairs are pulled out from the head or the frog, it could be a loosening of a weak node in the “mortes”.
  • if the hairs break too easily or stretch too much, or they are of poor quality or the flame on them is used to “stretch them” (bad procedure, here is bandit!). There may be other causes, but they are more rare.
  • if the bow leap too easily, compared to before, maybe a wrong number of hairs have been mounted.
  • if they wooden tap slip out from the “mortes” of the frog or head, it means the mortes may not have been properly adjusted.
  • if you find a split tip and before it was not, probably the wooden tap has been  plugged too much pressurized.
  • if the frog breaks off, a wooden tap in the wood will probably be too pressurized.

on video a violin bow rehair

“Inside The Lab”, luthier blog about musical instruments

Atelier Cesarini
Atelier Cesarini & Cesarini Custom shop

Inside The Lab“, luthiery blog, shares works on musical instruments and human experiences with all music lovers and musicians, nationally and internationally. The laboratory is located in Perugia, Umbra province, known worldwide for its strong artisan workers, gastronomic and artistic concentration as well as cultural importance. Liuteria Cesarini is a laboratory in which modern and classic converge together, purely artisanal production and controlled machine production coexist. The master luthier Federico Cesarini develops the classic luthier canons in a technological sense, combining the purely artisanal creations with the studio series.

Pickup for Double Bass, luthier choice

On another page of the blog I listed several piezo / pickup systems for double bass, which have pros and cons to examine carefully. Here I report only a live test, of our PC-DB low gain version. Giacomo Rossetti plays with piezo Pc-Db mounted on C – Double Face.

Negrita – Che Tempo Che Fa (Monnalista – Graziani I.)

This is Negrita live in Che tempo che fa is in effect a test, given that it is one of the first piezo I made, a near prototype. It seems to have gone just fine.

Giacomo Rossetti – Cesarini Bass guitars, endorsement

I met Giacomo during the Liuteria Cesarini expo 2015, at Umbria Jazz. He has not been in the Negrita (great rock italian band) for a long time and has shown interest in some of the instruments I proposed for his 2015/2016 summer tours. Giacomo comes from sound Fender Precision and Music Man, so I offered him the C-Man and C-Precision. He preferred the C-Precision, which mounts a split dipper Di Marzio cream 70s. The decidedly “swollen” sound is rock.

Di Marzio '70 pickups
Di Marzio ’70

G. tested the C-Precision bass here:

Giacomo Rossettiwith C-Precision, Loop jam

The C-Precision is a Vintage Series ’70 instrument, that is an instrument assembled with parts of vintage parts of interest, which can no longer be taken back to their origin. The instrument in question has been restored and adjusted, as well as changed in various aspects (thickness of body, varnish, C of the neck, electronics, etc …).

Giacomo Rossetti Negrita and Federico Cesarini
Giacomo Rossetti and Federico Cesarini (C-Precision)

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C-Gold Bronze, vintage bass guitars (Cesarini Vintage Series ’60)

C-Gold Bronze
C-Gold Bronze

Cesarini Vintage Series is the collection of our vintage assembled instruments. Restored parts, which were part of vintage instruments from the 60s – 70s and 80s, come back together to constitute an entire philological guitar or bass guitar, which we then optimized to the best of its potential.

Vintage pickup per basso
vintage bass pickup

The C-Gold Bronze pickups have been restored, very particular and very quiet, which give the bass a full sound between the single coil and the precision, a formidable attack given the ceramic magnet and a very pleasant nasality given by the metal mask type PAF Gibson.

The cable was interrupted, so we only rebuilt the coil and redone the already existing beeswax shield (wax potting).

The varnish is Cesarini Sienna Burst, that is a Fender sunburst with a glossy open pore.

The detailes of our vintage bass guitars is at this page (learn more).

Antonio LUSI funky-jazz trio, playing C-Gold Bronze on a Cesarini Jam Session


Luthier exhibition during Umbria Jazz 2014, Perugia

Esposizione del liutaio
Esposizione del Mastro liutaio Federico Cesarini

Luthier exhibition during Umbria Jazz 2014, Perugia

Federico Cesarini
Federico Cesarini

Umbria Jazz 2014
Umbria Jazz 2014






As per our will, the exhibition is always in contact with the public and in fair settings, such as the umbrian jazz festival.


We thank the Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia, which gave us the opportunity to use its premises in Corso Vannucci. During the week we organized some great Cesarini Jam Session live.

Have played on jam during the contest, Matteo Parretta, Lusi, Gabriele Bianchi, Pietro Cavallucci, Vinson Johnson, Gabriele Bianchi, Stefano Mincone, Fabio D’Onofrio, Michelangelo Brandimarte, Luca Di Battista e molti altri.