"Not only do Steve Novelli's guitars play and sound like
a dream, they look good on you. Steve's an artist."
- Rodney Crowell
"Simplicity and elegance are what makes the Black Hole
a great electric guitar. From the hand carved hollow body to
the gorgeous maple top to the Fralin P90s to the comfortable
neck, Steve Novelli has crafted a masterpiece that not only
turns heads onstage but pleases everyone's ears in the studio,
too. Steve really has built a guitar that sits somewhere between
the best Les Pauls and the coolest Gretsch guitars. With a vibe
all its own. Bravo, Mr Novelli!" - Will Kimbrough
Will playing the Novelli
Black Hole guitar part
Performing at Bayfest 2011
Aimee playing "A Day
in the Life" on her AB-OO video
"I'm amazed at how perfectly the Novelli meets my needs.
For a vintage freak, that's saying something. I have a '54 Les
Paul that's exceptional --and I love--and yet I can pick up
the Novelli right afterward playing that Les Paul, and it feels
right. Novelli (the luthier) is a genuine guitar intuitive.
From few general conversations about guitars, he built an ax
for me that expresses my needs better than I knew myself. I'm
not into boutique guitars. Most are too concerned with perfection
in the wrong way. To me its like obsessing on the finish of
a hammer. Novelli understands the guitarist and gives him the
- Jon Notarthomas
(Ian McLagan, Craig Marshall, Aimee
Bobruk, Colin Gilmore)
"The Black Hole is cool, very inspiring, has warm tones.
I would recommend this guitar to anyone. The Vortex - that
guitar says it all."
- Olivier Scoazec (Buckwheat Zydeco)
Joe playing the Novelli
Astral Slide guitar video
With Sergio Mendoza Y
La Orkestra (NPR feature) video
"Most custom builders get the sound right and the feel
wrong or the other way around, this Novelli sounds great and
feels great too. A familiar yet unique sound, feel and look."
- Charlie Richards
(Photos by James Hertless)
"My Novelli Black Hole guitar is simply the BEST DAMN ELECTRIC
GUITAR I HAVE EVER USED. It's the best playing, best feeling,
best sounding guitar I've ever had and I use it on everything
I do. The fretboard is very smooth, plays wonderfully and evenly,
the neck just feels right in your hand, not too bulky, not too
thin and best of all the guitar stays in tune when I use altered
tunings like DADGAD (something my Strat won't do no matter how
we set it up). If anyone ever sees me playing another electric
guitar it would only be because I was afraid to travel with
it and check it overseas with the airlines. Otherwise, you can
pry it from my cold dead hands, but not until then."
- Ed Pettersen