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October 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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October 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy October everyone!  Hope you are all well.  The cold weather creeps into NY, rain and weirdness, once again.  Soon enough, it will be long sleeves and hot chocolate.  Gack!  LOL

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 240 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.  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 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

Updates

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).
  • 09-23-2018 – a great Sunday, as a Fender Precision Bass in Blue Ice from 1972 almost mint condition and a Gibson Les Paul Professional from 1970 (1 of 116 made) showed up and are now part of the gallery.  Photos and descriptions are next.
  • 09-27-2018 – A new Kenny Hill Signature 640 in Spruce is en route!
  • 09-28-2018 – A 1968 Gibson L5 CES Sunburst in Very Good condition arrived at my doorstep!  It’s been a great month!
  • 10-10-2018 – a new Douglass Scott is arriving on Monday the 15th!
  • 10-15-2018 – General clean up and maintenance for the colder and drier weather happening here in the gallery.  We are expecting a guitar from Italy by Michele Della Guistina!

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

Photography

Recording

Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is always highly recommended

Video

Luthier Bios

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Steve Connor 2018 Spruce Maple #372 Libra

September 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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September 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy September everyone!  Yes!  It’s still 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.

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 240 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.  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 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

Updates

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).
  • 08-27-2018 – 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.
  • 09-01-2018 – A number of beautiful guitars are making their way to the gallery.  Still turning away more than you can believe.  I like the part where we are really good at what we do, and how we take care of our clientele on both sides of the guitar.  Really really!  🙂
  • 09-08-2018 – We are hosting Ryan Closs a Theorbo and Lute Specialist tonight in the gallery.
  • 09-12-2018 – A Claudio Meneghelli Classical Guitar Torres FE-04 2013 has arrived.  Beautiful guitar!
  • 09-17-2018 – Took 4 days to myself to play some golf upstate NY – great time, back to work!
  • 09-21-2018 – a 2013 Peter Barthell #175 Spruce CSA just arrived, really gorgeous guitar!
  • 09-23-2018 – a great Sunday, as a Fender Precision Bass in Blue Ice from 1972 almost mint condition and a Gibson Les Paul Professional from 1970 (1 of 116 made) showed up and are now part of the gallery.  Photos and descriptions are next.
  • 09-27-2018 – A new Kenny Hill Signature 640 in Spruce is en route!
  • 09-28-2018 – A 1968 Gibson L5 CES Sunburst in Very Good condition arrived at my doorstep!  It’s been a great month!

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

Photography

Recording

Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is always highly recommended

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under September 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Cordoba Esteso #M160095 Cedar Palo Escrito

August 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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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

Updates

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

Photography

Recording

Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is always highly recommended

Video

Luthier Bios

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Brian Dooley

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Brian Dooley visited with us in Late July 2018 to perform using some of our inventory of classical guitars.  A class act, very professional, he was ready to go, recording flawlessly for us.  It was my pleasure to have him here in the Gallery.

It is always my honor to host excellent players from around the world, helping them to become recognized and the programs/schools that they work with as well.

Brian Dooley is a graduate musician of guitar studies currently based out of Rochester, NY. He is an avid performer on both classical and electric guitar throughout New York State. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Brian earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance for the Classical Guitar at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY under the tutelage of Dr. Douglas Rubio and Dr. Ken Meyer. During his time at Crane, he also participated in various Master classes with guitarists Alex Tsiboulski, Mathew Slotkin, and Martha Masters. Brian is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Performance & Literature for the Classical Guitar at the Eastman School of Music.
Below are some of the videos and guitars that he performed with during his visit.  Thank you kindly for your attention.  Richard F. Sayage

Benoit Pierron and my visit to Lyon, France

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Mid-July 2018 took me to Paris, France to celebrate my Wedding Anniversary with my lovely wife, Valerie and to visit with some special luthiers in the surrounding areas of Paris.  On Monday, July 23rd, after a small train debacle at Gare Lyon in Paris, we were on our way to visit Benoit, a 2 hour trip SouthEast of Paris.

Lyon is an old Roman city, as evidenced by the walls, bridges and buildings aplenty that I saw, as we walked from Benoit’s workshop to an old and absolutely gorgeous book store specializing in older manuscripts of music, owned by Dominique Couëffé called Librairie Musicale Ancienne off the Quai de Bondy in Lyon.  Dominique was gracious enough to host us for a few hours to listen and play various of Benoit’s guitars.

Dominique was a delight, and what can I say about Benoit.  A wonderful man, sharp witted, eyes bright and very talented as far as luthierie is concerned.  I thoroughly enjoyed his company, being very happy to have met him.

Benoit arranged for Sébastien Canard-Volland, a young man of excellent talent and student of (I believe) Thomas Viloteau, who performed beautifully for us.

The guitars were so solid in their projection and tone reproduction.  These were his historical models.  But, the star of the show was Benoit’s original model, with no soundhole, just ports on either side.  What a sound and what volume!  Loved this guitar immediately.  Photos and videos (I have to get them from my wife) below.  Enjoy.

Video my wife shot on her phone of Sebastien performing on Benoit’s guitar

https://photos.app.goo.gl/rkHDjUdYM6HasT8b8

 

Dominique (left) and Benoit

Dominique (left) and Benoit

Outside Benoit’s workshop

The river that splits Lyon

The bookshop where we demoed the guitars

Sebastien performing on Benoit’s master model

Me and Benoit talking outside the bookshop

Benoit Pierron

Benoit Pierron

Sébastien Canard-Volland

Sébastien Canard-Volland

Dominique (left) and Benoit

Dominique (left) and Benoit

Benoit Pierron guitars

Benoit Pierron guitars

Sébastien Canard-Volland

Sébastien Canard-Volland

Benoit's workshop in Lyon France

Benoit’s workshop in Lyon France

Manouk Papazian 1977 Spruce Flamed Maple

July 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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1969 Hermann Hauser II #854 Spruce CSA

1969 Hermann Hauser II #854 Spruce CSA

July 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Please NOTE that I will be in Paris, France from the 18th to the 25th of July.  Email and phone should work just fine, where I will write during the mornings and evenings.  I will be visiting with a few luthiers including Olivier Fanton d’Andon and Benoit Pierron in Lyon!

Happy July everyone!  Yes!  It’s officially hot as all get out.  Pool, beach, fishing and golf!  Nicey nice.

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.

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

Updates

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

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).
  • A wonderful visit with Bob Desmond in Orlando, Florida.  I spent over 4 hours with him, re-discovering what an amazing luthier he truly is and how he has been underrated for a long time.  His time with various luthiers including Manuel Velazquez go unnoticed and unrecognized.  What is recognized is how amazing his guitars are within the traditional techniques of modern lutieria.  They are mindful of the greatest guitars from the likes of Bouchet – Friederich and Hauser and of course the great Manuel.  What is most incredible, is that in spite of the shoddy treatment received by the family, he has nothing but extraordinary things to say about the son and the father, and how grateful he is for the time spent and the knowledge learned.  People don’t get it.  Bob is so knowledgeable, so skilled, it belies his own quiet demeanor.  Much respect, Bob, much respect
  • 06-28-2018 – a 2008 Gernot Wagner DT Cedar w/Madagascar RW has arrived
  • 06-30-2018 – A very busy week with some beautiful guitars, both coming in and going out.  Just recorded Lorenzo Lippi’s guitar.  What a pleasure.
  • 07-20-2018 – Having CITES issues with USDA and CBP for 2 different shipments from Spain.  I can’t fix stupid.  Can only guide them and it takes to dang long to teach people that are “experts”?  Right!
  • 07-03-2018 – Trying to wrap my head around processing video work.  I have 4 to do, which once I break through, I can do a lot more.  btw, it’s so hot!  I generally like it like this, but gotdam, it’s cooking steak on the pavement hot around here?  LOL
  • 07-10-2018- A Manuel Velazquez from 1996? is en route
  • 07-11-2018 – A 1998 Felix Manzanero has arrived.  Links below.
  • 07-13-2018 – A few Cordoba Esteso classicals have arrived, all in Cedar – I like these guitars as they are built by a friend of mine in Northern Mexico
  • 07-15-2018 – A beautiful Kenny Hill Signature #3895 with Bearclaw Spruce and EIRW has arrived, pre-owned in very good condition, guitar is an angel
  • 07-16-2018 – Video shoot with Brian Dooley of the Eastman School.  He played the Mazza guitars – Olivier’s guitar and the latest Daryl Perry – some Celtic pieces (my favorite) and some Bach
  • 07-25-2018 – Return from Paris – the trip was extraordinary. Olivier is such a great man.  Benoit Pierron another character, with a sharp wit and talent for building like few have at their access.  Paris was a blast.  The country side beautiful.  Chateaudun was picturesque!  What a trip.  I’ll be posting a complete page on the trip very soon.  Many photos and video was recorded.  I have to coordinate with my wife on the photos, but we got tons!
  • 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

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

Photography

Recording

Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is always highly recommended

Video

Luthier Bios

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Eugenio Ligato of Italy

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Eugenio Ligato

Rich Sayage & Eugenio Ligato with Enrico on the right

Eugenio Ligato of Cosenza, Italy just sent me photos of the concert guitar that he has built for the gallery.  It is beautiful.  Simple words for an extraordinary guitar.  Photos below.

Eugenio came to the gallery on Monday, June 11, 2018, to visit me along with his father, Antonio and a good friend, Enrico, which was incredibly nice.  We talked for hours, went out to lunch and talked some more.  It was fabulous.  Eugenio is so very intelligent and quite thoughtful as a builder.  The guitar below was brought to me in person and was more beautiful than I could have imagined.  Simple specs below, listing and my own photos to follow.  Very impressed with this young man, the next generation of superb Italian luthiers.

     
     
     
   
Camillo Perrella - Eugenio Ligato - Giacomo Guadagna - Mario Pistella

Camillo Perrella – Eugenio Ligato – Rich Sayage – Giacomo Guadagna – Mario Pistella (left to right)

Me with Eugenio Ligato

Me with Eugenio Ligato

Robert Vincent Urbano #179 Torres Spruce Cocobolo 640

June 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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June 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy June everyone!  Yes!  Spring is moving along and Summer is close….so happy!

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

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.

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 75lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 80lbs (Normal Tension) – 85lbs (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

Updates

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

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 (sofar).
  • A wonderful visit with Bob Desmond in Orlando, Florida.  I spent over 4 hours with him, re-discovering what an amazing luthier he truly is and how he has been underrated for a long time.  His time with various luthiers including Manuel Velazquez go unnoticed and unrecognized.  What is recognized is how amazing his guitars are within the traditional techniques of modern lutieria.  They are mindful of the greatest guitars from the likes of Bouchet – Friederich and Hauser and of course the great Manuel.  What is most incredible, is that in spite of the shoddy treatment received by the family, he has nothing but extraordinary things to say about the son and the father, and how grateful he is for the time spent and the knowledge learned.  People don’t get it.  Bob is so knowledgeable, so skilled, it belies his own quiet demeanor.  Much respect, Bob, much respect
  • Eduardo Bossa with me at Savage Classical Guitar

    Eduardo Bossa with me at Savage Classical Guit

  • 05-24-2018 – a new Concert Model from Eugenio Ligato will be here early to mid-June
  • 05-25-2018 – Toni De Stefano of Italy is sending us a concert model in the next 2 weeks.
  • 05-28-2018 – Lucio Carbone and Lorenzo Lippi both of Italy, are sending guitars this week
  • 05-31-2018 – A few guitars arrived from Samo Sali – Steve Porter – and the 1968 Manouk Papazian is finally ready to go
  • 06-04-2018 – The first Italian Guitar has arrived from the great Lucio Antonio Carbone!
  • 06-05-2018 – Photographs of a beautiful guitar built for the gallery by Eugenio Ligato will be posted soon!
  • 06-07-2018 – Guitar by Lorenzo Lippi arrived today!
  • 06-08-2018 – Eugenio Ligato will be at the gallery on Monday.  Spent the day photographing, recording, and measuring all the new arrivals.  Listings for Eugenio and Lorenzo are in process.
  • 06-08-2018 – It’s good to be me?  Out of nowhere, 2 beautiful guitars showed up brought to me by a client.  A 2008 Thomas Humphrey Cedar w/Quilted Maple (dark and gorgeous) and a 2013 Jim Redgate Spruce w/CSA – photos on Monday and listings in the meantime
  • 06-11-2018 – A visit from Eugenio Ligato of Cosenza Italy was a wonderful time, happiness and guitars.  His Italian Spruce w/Black Limba, totally CITES legal is in the gallery.  It’s prettier than I could have imagined.
  • 06-12-2018 – Finally addressed Website issue with shipping – Free Shipping and various options are now showing correctly.  What a freakin’ PIA
  • 06-13-2018 – Probably the easiest time I’ve had with FedEx and International shipping/customs has allowed the latest guitar from Italy by Toni De Stefano to arrive almost seamlessly.  What a beauty – updates shortly.
  • 2 Videos are in production for Peter Oberg and Luciano Maggi guitars
  • 06-21-2018 – a 2015 Steve Connor Spruce Maple was sent to me, updates below.  Wow, she’s way more powerful than you might think, given the Maple.
  • 06-23-2018 – Shipping issues have been fixed finally!  Massive updates, lots of risk in doing so, but dang, she works.  Happy after a 3 week debacle.  Sorry about all that.  Rich
  • 06-25-2018 – Another bout of issues with PHP and the website created some issues, but those have also been resolved.  Site should be very good to go.
  • 06-26-2018 – a 2011 Vicente Carillo from Spain has arrived.  Small setup and new strings and she is good to go.
  • 06-28-2018 – a 2008 Gernot Wagner DT Cedar w/Madagascar RW has arrived
  • 06-30-2018 – A very busy week with some beautiful guitars, both coming in and going out.  Just recorded Lorenzo Lippi’s guitar.  What a pleasure.

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

Photography

Recording

Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is always highly recommended

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under June 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Bob Desmond and his 4 homage guitars

My visit with Bob Desmond – Orlando, FL – April 24, 2018

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Towards the end of April, I was getting tired of the persistent cold in the NorthEast, looking for a reason to go South (like the birds), visit a friend, play some golf and meet with Bob Desmond at his home and workshop.  He’s been to my home 3 times, never me to his, so boom, here’s my chance.

Turns out to be a wonderful thing to have some limited freedom to travel, and re-connect with great people.  I spent a Tuesday morning with him, then a Thursday morning having a great breakfast, then back to his workshop.   I spent over 4 -5 hours with him, re-discovering what an amazing luthier he truly is and how he has been underrated for a long time.  His time with various luthiers including Manuel Velazquez go unnoticed and unrecognized.  What is recognized is how amazing his guitars are within the traditional techniques of modern lutieria.  They are mindful of the greatest guitars from the likes of Bouchet – Friederich and Hauser and of course the great Manuel.  What is most incredible, is that in spite of the shoddy treatment received by the family, he has nothing but extraordinary things to say about the son and the father, and how grateful he is for the time spent and the knowledge learned.  He has an archive of information on Manuel V. that would and could fill an hour or two long documentary, including photographs and video.

People don’t get it.  Bob is so very kind, and very appreciative of the finer, more important issues, while not being even remotely petty.  He is so knowledgeable, so skilled, it belies his own quiet demeanor.  Much respect, Bob, much respect.

Among other things unknown, Bob spent the time building a railroad in his backyard.  Really very cool, especially for the nerd in me, much like Sheldon Cooper, who’d have flipped his own ornery lid to see such a thing snaking around the gardens and the pool, with bridges, connections, lights and sound effects.  Hysterical and very cool.

Back to guitars, Bob showed me 4 guitars he’s building, each a homage to the great Hauser II – Bouchet – and Friederich and then of course his very own build. You’ll see the photo below with Bob standing in front of them.

He then allowed me to inspect and play 2 very special guitars that he owns.  Historically significant, I’m not going into more detail than that as I don’t have Bob’s permission to do so.  Very cool however.  Most definitely, very cool.   One photo below, you can guess the guitar from the headstock.

I then got the chance to play 4 guitars of Bob’s that he spent a very difficult 3 years minimum building (time issues for various personal reasons) that came out magnificently, including a Steinway Guitar, built from the soundboard of an old Steinway piano, and then among other standouts, the Pearl Beauty II which is simply superb!  Photos below

Photos in the gallery section of the site (haphazardly thrown in below), it was just a very good time for me and most informative.  It bears repeating…much respect, Bob.  Rich

May 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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May 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy May everyone!  Yes!  Spring has finally arrived with 70 degree temps and plenty of sunshine….so happy!

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

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.

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 75lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 80lbs (Normal Tension) – 85lbs (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

Updates

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

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 (sofar).
  • 04-26-2018 – A wonderful visit with Bob Desmond in Orlando, Florida.  I spent over 4 hours with him, re-discovering what an amazing luthier he truly is and how he has been underrated for a long time.  His time with various luthiers including Manuel Velazquez go unnoticed and unrecognized.  What is recognized is how amazing his guitars are within the traditional techniques of modern lutieria.  They are mindful of the greatest guitars from the likes of Bouchet – Friederich and Hauser and of course the great Manuel.  What is most incredible, is that in spite of the shoddy treatment received by the family, he has nothing but extraordinary things to say about the son and the father, and how grateful he is for the time spent and the knowledge learned.  People don’t get it.  Bob is so knowledgeable, so skilled, it belies his own quiet demeanor.  Much respect, Bob, much respect.
  • 04-30-2018 – A superb Herman Hauser II #854 1969 and a 2003 Marcelino Lopez Spruce CSA are in the gallery.  The Hauser is in fine condition, all original, listing updated shortly.  Cash deals will only be taken on this guitar at $50K.  Please serious inquiries only at my email rich at savageclassical dot com.  The Lopez is in superb condition as well.  $10K on this guitar
  • 05-01-2018 – Peter Oberg of CA is sending us a beautiful guitar he just finished up…looking forward to it!
    Eduardo Bossa with me at Savage Classical Guitar

    Eduardo Bossa with me at Savage Classical Guitar

  • 05-02-2018 – 2 Kenny Hill Performance Guitars arrived, both Pre-Owned and 630mm – one a 7/8th sized guitar, the other the Parlor sized (3/4) – an Abe Wechter PathMaker from 2001 arrived as well, double cutaway with a high D fret!  What a beauty.
  • 05-03-2018 – A beautiful Wilson Burnham Redwood EIRW just arrived – setup and tweaks are completed on the powerful Juan Miguel Gonzalez.
  • – Eugenio Ligato of Italy is bringing a guitar to me in June while he visits – Lorenzo Lippi will be sending a guitar to us in a few weeks. – the Italian luthiers are starting to march in to the gallery.  Very sweet, I’m so happy LOL
  • – Olivier Fanton d’Andon guitar is held up by the USDA after all the paperwork is filed and good to go.  Government and CITES has become overbearing to the point of endangering the business and the guitars, not so much the woods.  As the leader in this business, it’s time that I got involved in the government process.  I’m scheduling time in front of Congress to speak about this issue and the business of guitars and woods used.
  • 05-04-2018 – Eduardo Bossa of Columbia came to the gallery for a visit, and to show me 2 student/conservatory guitars with excellent price points well under $3K.  I was impressed enough to agree to represent Eduardo here in the USA, committing to 6-7 instruments per every 2 months or so.
  • 05-08-2018 – Olivier Fanton d’Andon 2018 guitar has arrived.  She is beautiful as you would expect from the French Master
  • – a 2011 Ana Espinosa Rodriguez classical guitar from Granada has arrived.  Photos already updated.
  • 05-10-2018 – Toni De Stefano of Italy has committed to the gallery.
  • 05-11-2018 – Paolo Coriani has also committed to the gallery.  Guitars should be expected mid to end of Summer by both Toni and Paolo
  • 05-13-2018 – Quiet day as I spent it with my wife and children, which was very nice.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the great Moms!
  • 05-16-2018 – More quiet than anything, though a ton of orders in the early mornings.  Spent some time recording and practicing, and working on guitars.  The Dominique Delarue is now perfectly setup, as is the Rompré #150 and the Ramirez 1A from 1972 – updated a recording for the 2003 Marcelino Lopez, a bit long, I talk too much!  LOL
  • 05-19-2018 – A Pete Barthell showed up, cleaned her up, restrung the guitar and boom, she woke up.  Recording is updated below.
  • – a Robert Vincent Urbano with Spruce/Cocobolo has arrived today as well. Updates shortly.
  • 05-22-2018 – Seth Miller is sending us an Italian Spruce with Ziricote honey bunny – should be here by end of the week
  • – After lengthy discussion with the Manuel Rodriguez Guitar Co. in Spain, I’ve decided to bring in a few of their higher end models.  List below in Expected Guitars
  • 05-23-2018 – among Expected Guitars are a few exceptional Thomas Humphrey Millenium Guitars from the 1990 and 2000 era, a Steve Porter classical, always a powerhouse of a music machine, New Alessi machines have been ordered from Italy, a 2014 Antonius Mueller (Germany) and a Paco Montero Marin from his 40th Anniversary line of guitars.
  • 05-24-2018 – a new Concert Model from Eugenio Ligato will be here early to mid-June
  • 05-25-2018 – Toni De Stefano of Italy is sending us a concert model in the next 2 weeks.
  • 05-28-2018 – Lucio Carbone and Lorenzo Lippi both of Italy, are sending guitars this week
  • 05-31-2018 – A few guitars arrived from Samo Sali – Steve Porter – and the 1968 Manouk Papazian is finally ready to go

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

Photography

Recording

Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is always highly recommended

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under May 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar