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August 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Cordoba Esteso #M160095 Cedar Palo Escrito

August 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy August everyone!  Yes!  It’s officially hot as all get out.  Pool, beach, fishing and golf!  Nicey nice.  Actually might be a touch too hot?  Most would agree.  Soon enough it will cool out, let’s enjoy it while the beach weather is in full force.

Alrighty then, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, and more is on the docket.  Went to Toronto to meet with Mark Usherovich , then Kentucky for the GFA then France in July, Puerto Rico in August, and Spain in October.  More to come.

I didn’t end up making it to the GFA because of family issues.  Every year it’s something.  I am going to Paris to meet with Olivier Fanton d’Andon and a few other luthiers on July 17 for a week.  Wish me luck, cuz I dislike traveling in general.  How’s that working out for me? Ugh…

OK, on to business.  Guitars keep coming to me.  Most I like, some I return.  A guitar has to meet my exacting standards or it has to leave.  Very simple.

One of my guys here in the gallery did an analysis of guitar dealers around the world, classical guitar specialists.  Our closest competitor of fine classical guitars has 72 Concert level instruments available!   Very nice guitars indeed, if not a bit over-priced?

We have over 200 Concert Level guitars here, an I mean, they live here in my gallery, all filtered by me personally!  Yes sir, we are, without any doubt, the largest gallery in the world catering to a discerning clientele on both sides of the guitar, luthier and player.  Goes to show, taking care of people, I mean, really taking care of them, pays beautiful dividends.  Here’s the scary part…I’ve turned away many guitars in the past few months.  We could easily eclipse 250-300 instruments if I allow it.  It was on my mind, I had to say it out loud.   Thank you to everyone who trusts us with their beautiful guitars.

I took a great trip to Rome in March of 2018….My journal entry for my amazing trip to Rome begins here.

My main focus this month is to do a ton of recording and video work, getting the site up to speed, again.

We have also provided for client financing through PayPal Credit.  In essence, they are offering you a 6 month loan Interest Free if paid within that time period.  Loan terms seem favorable as well, for those needing longer than 6 months to pay down the financing.  It’s a great option, one that might open the door to a special instrument you might have your eyes on.

I have re-introduced our own model of classical guitars – the Savage Classical Guitar Model 5 and Model 10 with a sale price of $2195 for the Model 10 and $1695 for the Model 5.  Madrid style bracing and build, it’s like a Ramirez 1A without all the fuss and muss.

I have also developed a line of basic but high quality strings under our labelSavage Classical Guitar Strings –  Very affordable, very straightforward nylon strings that anyone can use.  Total pound pressure of 80lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 85lbs (Normal Tension) – 90lbs (High Tension).

Nicolo Alessi has sent a complete re-supply of tuning machines to the gallery.

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

PegHed Machines have also been re-stocked -prices went up significantly.  Sorry.

New issues with International Shipping.  Very Important for International Clients, including Canada…Please note that we will NOT accept PayPal or any International Credit Card as payment.  All transactions must be finalized with Bank Wire Transfers for any amount over $1000 USD.  Please see our discussion found here and scroll down to Customs – Duty and International Shipping .  Thank you!

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

My best, always!  Rich – call me at 631-335-5447   – my personal email is here


An exciting development has actually happened, where the great Tony Acosta of Luthiers in NYC is getting out of the business, offering me the majority of his stable of classical guitars.  Customers of Luthiers should contact me personally for any and all Consignments and or sales going forward.
Tony and I agreed in principle to have his museum level guitars consigned here starting in a few weeks, where we will bring in 4-6 at at time, including Simplicio – Torres – and many other great historic names.
I’ve brought in Dieter Hopf – John Price – Tom Malapanis – Juan Hernandez – and many guitars from Manuel Adalid as well as his Esteve line (which I’ve already represented).

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).
  • 07-26-2018 – Guitars from Manuel Adalid have arrived including Model 8 – Model 9C/B – Model 11 and Model 12 guitars all in Cedar.  Updates to the website shortly.
  • 07-30-2018 – Tim Panman from the Netherlands joined us yesterday.  I took the opportunity to record him a bit and shot a video using Steve Porter Classical Guitar #29 2014 Spruce EIRW
  • 08-06-2018 – More videos are being produced (I’m not playing, I just don’t practice that much anymore and believe me, I know it) by visiting professionals that live in the area or are visiting.  Guitars continue to arrive.
  • 08-10-2018 – A Steve Connor Maple and a Phillip Woodfield Grand Concert II are arriving this coming week.
  • 08-11-2018 – Hannah Murphy is in the gallery today shooting some video work for us.  Very excited, she’s so very talented and engaging.  She’s playing a Steve Connor today along with a 1994 Velazquez – guitar by Lucio Antonio Carbone and Matt Rubendall of Brooklyn.  Updates in a week or so.
  • 08-13-2018 – Keiran Franzone was in the gallery this evening, shooting 4 videos with us.  Very happy!
  • 08-14-2018 – Larry Breslin of Deerhead Guitars now in Palm Coast, Florida is sending us a beautiful Redwood and Brazilian RW Double Top guitar.  I’ve represented Larry for years when he lived in Colorado.  It’s taken him a while to get back in gear, but he’s back!  Love it.
  • 08-28-2018 – taking it slow, but working hard in the background.  A 2014 Antonius Mueller Cedar DT EIRW  has arrived, photos are already done.

New or Expected Guitars

These lists of photography and other media will continually be added to, for the purpose of archives and easy search.  Additions will be at the bottom of each list.  Thanks, Rich



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