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December 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2018 Michele della Giustina #384 Spruce Ziricote

2018 Michele della Giustina #384 Spruce Ziricote

Happy December everyone!  Hope you are all well.  The cold weather doesn’t creep, it exists, permeating my area of the country.  Humidifiers are already on?  Yikes!!  No golf, much 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 leave out.  Same with the data for the guitar.  Action, weight, CITES eligibility, etc.

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).  Good enough, I ordered another machine, with a year supply of wicks for it.  Great machine.
  • 11-27-2018 – a 2006 Bob Desmond Cutaway with LR Baggs Lyric pickup installed.  Beautiful looking guitar
  • 11-29-2018 – I’ve begun engraving my Book of Sketches.  Very excited, as I’ve almost finished my personal office, having setup an Engraving Station on my desk.  I’m just finishing Sketch #3, with 3 more to go.  I’ll also do a TAB version of the book.
  • 12-01-2018 – Anders Sterner from 2013 is in the gallery
  • 12-05-2018 – An Antonio Marin from 2004 is en route to the gallery.
  • 12-06-2018 – An Antonio Marin from 4 years ago is en route, as well as 2 Jean Rompré guitars from 2016 & 2017.
  • 12-07-2018 – I just recorded 2018 Michele della Giustina #384 Spruce Ziricote and have to say, wow!  This is an amazing guitar.

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 December 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Glenn Nichols Corralitos #1017002 Electric Jazz Guitar

November 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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November 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy November everyone!  Hope you are all well.  The cold weather doesn’t creep, it exists, permeating my area of the country.  Humidifiers are already on?  Yikes!!

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).
  • 10-29-2018 – Glenn Nichols of Retrograde Guitars out of Norfolk, MA is sending me one of his high end Jazz Archtops.  Photos and details to follow.  She’s pretty.
  • 10-30-2018 – Happy pre-Halloween?  LOL – Video sessions from Professor Douglas Rubio and Hannah Murphy are finally coming on line.  See updates below within the recording section of this update.
  • 11-04-2018 – Photography and some office maintenance, keeping the gallery clean and spotless.
  • 11-09-2018 – now that the weather has turned fugly, I’m back to playing more and recording.  Updates below under Recordings.
  • 11-10-2018 – My good friend, colleague and long time assistant, Dan Bouza is getting married today, to his high school and actual sweetheart, Joy Vinluan.  My best wishes to both of them.  Their wedding party should be a blast, looking forward to it.
  • 11-14-2018 – I’ve been spending time setting up my new office, my personal space is what I mean.  New furniture, cabinetry, desk, chairs, etc.  Takes more time than you would imagine!  Yikes!
  • 11-15-2018 – a 2013 Anders Sterner Spruce w/CSA – Alessis is coming tomorrow!  Nice.
  • 11-16-2018 – A new guitar by Italian luthier Michele della Giustina is set to arrive after Thanksgiving!
  • 11-20-2018 – a 2013 Anders Sterner Spruce w/CSA just arrived
  • 11-21-2018 – A new TURKEY Sale is in force as of today!  Use code “turkey2018” to receive an additional 10% off any of 80 or so guitars in our new category “Turkey2018
  • 11-27-2018 – a 2006 Bob Desmond Cutaway with LR Baggs Lyric pickup installed.  Beautiful looking guitar
  • 11-29-2018 – I’ve begun engraving my Book of Sketches.  Very excited, as I’ve almost finished my personal office, having setup an Engraving Station on my desk.  I’m just finishing Sketch #3, with 3 more to go.  I’ll also do a TAB version of the book.

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 November 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

1968 Gibson L5 CES Sunburst #688648

October 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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Octob-r 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 – end of October and Yikes!  We’re there…50 degrees and wind and rain…seriously?  Ha…yeah, Rich…seriously.

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!
  • 10-20-2018 – Continuing work in the gallery.  So much to do?  Yikes.  A new guitar from Italy by Camillo Perrella is getting ready to transport.  Camillo sent me 2 videos with Flavio Sala performing.  A big smile, I can’t wait to see this guitar.  Flavio kicks it out of the park!  I’m doing a pre-announcement page for the guitar.  I’ll post a link as soon as it is done.
  • 10-24-2018 – A few guitars have arrived.  A 1974 Frank Hasselbacher Hauser Bench Copy – a 2009 Peter Oberg Cedar w/EIRW – and of all things, a Charvel Model 1A from 1989 in super clean condition!
  • 10-25-2018 – After taking care of numerous personal issues, I’m back to playing, recording and taking care of things in general.  A few weeks down time, and I’m back in full force.
  • 10-27-2018 – A Thomas Humphrey Millenium from 1987 arrived in the gallery.  Spruce CSA, she’s bright and powerful!
  • 10-28-2018 – A 1992 Douglas Ching showed up today.  Nice guitar, some play wear, but wow, a great guitar!
  • 10-29-2018 – Glenn Nichols of Retrograde Guitars out of Norfolk, MA is sending me one of his high end Jazz Archtops.  Photos and details to follow.  She’s pretty.
  • 10-30-2018 – Happy pre-Halloween?  LOL – Video sessions from Professor Douglas Rubio and Hannah Murphy are finally coming on line.  See updates below within the recording section of this update.

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 October 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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

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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

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