Jan/Feb 2013 - Peter Hodgson
The full Australian Guitar review of the NC - 11H will be available soon.
The NC-11H sounds vibrant and clear when unplugged, with a really impressive sustain profile. Plug it in and it exhibits much of the same character, but with a little something extra courtesy of the pickups. Depending on how you attack the strings it can sound either jangly and angular or smooth and gentle. The neck pickup has a nice rounded feel which reminds me a little of the Seymour Duncan Seth Lover or DiMarzio 36th Anniversary: that PAF-inspired juiciness which gets more full-bodied when you dig in hard, or becomes thinner and more single coil-like if you play softly.
Sept/Oct 2012 - Peter Hodgson
Melbourne luthier Michael De Luca has created a very fine line of instruments which have that unique ability to look at once familiar and exotic. Some of his designs owe more to the classics than others, but even a quick glance at his website at delmguitars.com reveals design aesthetic of his own, even when making double-cutaway semi-acoustic instruments like the ED-87.
The NC-11A is a really beautiful Australian made guitar which is unique, finely crafted and sonically distinctive. It actually sounds a little more ‘rock’ than its elegant looks might imply, and it’s surprisingly adept at Richie Kotzen-style blues rock shredding.