April 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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2018 Ashley Sanders #66 Cedar Ziricote

Happy 2019 everyone!  Hope you are all well and that you are looking forward to a nice Spring, much like I am. A little bit of golf time has been enjoyed, working on getting my 1 Handicap back (good luck?) but I still spend an enormous amount of time in the gallery, until 8-10PM every day.  Site is updated and quite tight.  Recordings are almost up to date, photography, measurements, etc.  I try to leave no detail out, all while photographing other aspects of the guitar that many disregard. Weird?  Same with the data for the guitar.  Action, weight, CITES eligibility, etc.

Of late I’m getting some questions about me and my style of doing things. I like that. I know I’m separating from every other dealer out there by being very black and white about my business philosophy, the information and details about guitars, my zero tolerance for bullshit in the business, (and we all know there is a ton of that out there), basically, there are few experts out there that can talk guitar, I mean really talk these little babies that we love so much, the classical guitar.

Are you getting your questions answered in a polite yet expert fashion? No, then move on. Are you questions getting answered at all? No, then let’s move on. Are your emails being responded to in a timely and professional manner (or your phone calls)? No, then hells yeah, let’s move on. Call or write to me. You’ll immediately feel the difference. You’ll know what it’s like to “finally” talk to a guy that has your interest and the interest of the guitar at heart. It’s much like my sales approach, of which I have none. I listen, I have zero prejudice in terms of consigned or owned guitars, I put guitars in your hands, you make your choices, you make the final decision, I almost and literally have much of nothing to do with your decision making process. I’ll play it for you. I’ll talk to you about what you want or how much you wish to spend, but in the end, you have made your decision without any influence from me. Can we discuss the technicals of a guitar, hells yes, the more the better. How to care for it, how to maintain it, how to address possible and future problems, can we fix it, set it up, repair it, polish it, whatever you need later? I’ll say it again, hell yeah! That’s what an expert is in this business. I tolerate zero pretenders, and they are all pretenders, whether they want to hear it or not. Put them to the test. Get back to me when you hang up the phone in disgust. There, I’m done!

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 80 Concert level instruments available!   Very nice guitars indeed, if not a bit over-priced?

We have over 190 Concert Level guitars here, and 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.  Actually, I’m sort of running out of room (OK, I’m really running out of room, starting to look for another place). 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.

My journal entry for my amazing 2018 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. Apparently, my photography has been suffering, thus my improvement process. I’ve brought in a ton of Duvetyne to create a black box, removing glare and reflections. I am building a custom system for the draping from the ceiling, basically a 3 wall black backdrop system, being able to remove it at a moment’s notice. Photography process has been helped by the great Bob Desmond, who assisted me with critical assessment and technical guidance on better technique. Very helpful, and he was absolutely correct. I just finished the work this past Friday with the help of Ryan O’Rourke. The process of dropping everything and getting it out of the way takes about 3 minutes now! Ingenious idea, while I’m grateful to Randy out of the Bay Shore Home Depot who helped me to flesh out my original idea for the process.

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’m also the dealer luthier, able to assess, fix, repair, polish and setup a guitar so that it presents its best self to you.

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.


2018 Darren Hippner #940 Hex Rad Spruce CSA
2018 Darren Hippner #940 Hex Rad Spruce CSA

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).

Of course, sadly, Tony passed away mid-February 2019. My business honors his memory and my upcoming Book of Sketches will be dedicated to him.

  • 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).  Good enough, I ordered another machine, with a year supply of wicks for it.  Great machine.
  • Spent the day re-shooting the fronts and backs of select guitars, better depth of field, brighter, sharper. Bob Desmond got in my head, gotta give it to him, he was right. Shots look much better…thank you Bob! I’ll be updating more over the coming days.
  • Photos include 2008 Gernot Wagner Cedar DT Madagascar #289
  • 2005 Edmund Blochinger #125 Cedar CSA
  • 1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA
  • 2018 Camillo Perrella Spruce Ziricote was recorded today. Numerous guitars are being re-shot with the newer photo setup. All of Ashley Sander’s guitars, the Anders Sterner. I now have a list of 45 guitars where the photography will be re-done, at a minimum. This over the next 2 days. Yikes!!!
  • Photographs being re-shot for 40 or so guitars on the site, front and back, with closeups of front and back as well. We are 30 into the list and I’ll continue this following week as time allows.
  • Recordings today! Ken Whisler and Bob Desmond. Going to Elite Sound Stages in West Babylon NY to do a video session and recordings on Sunday
  • 02-25-2019 – A Jean Noel Rohé just arrived. I will be restoring this guitar to almost pristine condition as the seller regrettably forgot to state the condition of the guitar to a precise nature. Structurally fine, it simply has so much honest play wear on the top and back, it seems logical to bring her back to her original glory. Photos continue to be improved as I’ve updated another 10 or so guitars with portrait shots. My list has expanded to over 110 guitars! Holy color film, Batman!!
  • 03-30-2019 – Released 2 videos for Bob Desmond and his 2 guitars recently brought into the gallery. Recorded at Elite Sound Studio in West Babylon, NY. Lights and smoke, rock ‘n roll gear all around us, it was awesome!
  • 03-31-2019 – Darren Hippner (Doc) is sending me a new Hex Rad Helion model Spruce w/CSA and Fustero tuners! These guitars are excellent.
  • 04-01-2019 – 2 GV Rubio Estudio classical guitars arrived, Spruce and Cedar varieties. Nice guitars.
  • 04-02-2019 – Improving the photography process even more as I’m unhappy with the floor. The backdrop is great, but the muslin is wrinkling and moving, and it’s really pissing me off. LOL..another solution is pending.
  • 04-04-2019 – a 1995 -Lester Devoe Spruce w/EIRW arrived. Very nice work, great guitar!-
  • 04-07-2019 – Juan Miguel Gonzalez is sending us another guitar from Spain! Should be an absolute beauty.
  • 04-08-2019 – Photography has been finally refined to the point where I’m happy. Every single guitar is being re-shot! Think that’s a lot of work? You have no idea…LOL
  • 04-09-2018 – Wilson Burnham is sending a new guitar with a Port Orford Cedar Top and East Indian RW back/sides – should be here Thursday or Friday.
  • 04-10-2019 – Wilson’s guitar arrived today! It’s really nice too! I’m trying to do a bunch of recording today. Photos will start again on Monday, as Ryan is off for the week.
  • 04-11-2019 – I’ve been going back and forth on Engraving Software, between Sibelius (which I like) and Encore 4.55 (which I know really well). I’ve committed to Encore so now I can work on my books. The first of which is My Book of Sketches Vol. 1, dedicated to Tony Acosta of Luthier Music and Rebeca, his wife. I’ve also started, in earnest, my engraving of Bach’s Flute Partita BWV 1013 in A Minor. I began with the Courante, because, quite frankly, it’s my favorite. Updates shortly.
  • 04-12-2019 – Happy Birthday to my lost brother, Ray…I miss him terribly.
  • A new guitar is en route by Robert Vincent of San Diego CA a new RX model which I’m very excited about
  • UPS and FedEx are both highly incompetent when it comes to International Customs and Brokerage. I have 3 guitars held up due to said incompetence. Untenable is the word of the day!! I have to help them to do their job? Seriously? Really? Yikes!!
  • 04-15-2019 – Jeremy Clark of Canada is stopping in for a visit to the gallery today! Tax day too? WTF!? LOL
  • A new guitar by the talented Len Laviolette is en route!
  • Juan Miguel Gonzalez guitar has arrived. Updated photos and listing already!
  • 04-18-2019 – Robert Vincent sent me a gorgeous guitar #183-RX Spruce/EIRW…very nice!
  • 04-19-2019 – I’ve finished the majority of photographs under the new method. I’m now moving to the Acoustic & Electric guitars, then some of the more expensive guitars, the Italians, etc, all next week
  • 04-20-2019 – Happy Easter! Some work, nothing special. Photos tomorrow
  • 04-22-2019 – UPS and FedEx issues are resolved. Terrible, terrible terrible. Nothing else to say. Avoid at all costs on International shipments. Photos continue, 16 guitars re-shot today! Yikes!!
  • 04-23-2019 – Vicente Carrillo guitars Gabriela I and II have arrived and they are gorgeous!
  • Mark Usherovich will be visiting with me on Friday April 16th. Very exciting
  • A 3 hour visit with Mark Usherovich was absolutely wonderful. What a genuine guy, seriously talented and very knowledgeable. He left us an amazing guitar of superb quality.
  • 04-30-2019 – a beautiful Manuel Velazquez from 1959 arrived today.
  • 05-03-2019 a 2016 Michel Brück will arrive on Tuesday and a 1968 Manuel Velazquez is en route

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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2013 Anders Sterner Spruce CSA – Matt Lampel
 2018 Michele della Giustina #384 Spruce Ziricote
– Matt Lampel
2002 Antonio Marin #411 Spruce CSA
– Matt Lampel
2012 Bogusław Teryks #192 Spruce Ebony
– Matt Lampel

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

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