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2019 Lorenzo Lippi #HN38336 Spruce EIRW

June 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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June 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our 2019 Lorenzo Lippi #HN38336 Spruce EIRW  this is his Signature Concert Model

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

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

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

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

One of my guys here in the gallery did an analysis of guitar dealers around the world, classical guitar specialists.  Our closest competitor of fine classical guitars has 80 Concert level instruments available!   Very nice guitars indeed, if not a bit over-priced?

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

My journal entry for my amazing 2018 trip to Rome begins here.

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

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

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

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

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I’m also the dealer luthier, able to assess, fix, repair, polish and setup a guitar so that it presents its best self to you.

I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

Updates

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

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

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).  Good enough, I ordered another machine, with a year supply of wicks for it.  Great machine.
  • a Concert Classical Guitar by Lorenzo Lippi has arrived 2019 Lorenzo Lippi #HN38336 Spruce EIRW
  • a traditional concert guitar by German transport Kazuo Sato has arrived 1998 Kazuo Sato Spruce CSA
  • a Pre-Owned Larry Breslin Spruce w/Cocobolo has arrived, very powerful sounding guitar!
  • 06-02-2019 – Len Laviolette is sending us another guitar, a Cedar DT with Sabah Ebony back/sides #130
  • 06-03-2019 – Eugenio Ligato sent us another Spruce Limba guitar – incredibly beautiful as evidenced by her name “Ganymede” of the ancient Greek Mythology fame
  • 06-04-2019 – a Cordoba Master Series Torres has arrived in the gallery with a serial number of #776
  • 06-05-2019 – photography is on hold as Ryan, my assistant, blew out his knee this past Sunday.  Apparently, it’s not good.  We hope he’s back on Monday.  In the meantime, I’ll be catching up on all recordings that need to be done.  All measurements are up to date on the site.
  • 06-16-2019 – Apparently, I’m not very good at golf anymore.  LOL  I went from a +1 to a 10 handicap in the span of a month.  hysterical!  
  • 06-17-2019 – a new guitar from Vicente Carillo showed up at my door, unexpectedly.  I’m checking it out now.  Turns out it’s fabulous, made better by an attractive price point.  This is the Carrillo Estudio Spruce Mongoy from 2019, a new model from Vicente.

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

Recordings

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

Video

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

Luthier Bios

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

posted under June 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2019 Mark Usherovich Signature Cedar Pau Ferro

May 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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May 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our
2019 Mark Usherovich Signature Cedar Pau Ferro

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

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

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

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

One of my guys here in the gallery did an analysis of guitar dealers around the world, classical guitar specialists.  Our closest competitor of fine classical guitars has 80 Concert level instruments available!   Very nice guitars indeed, if not a bit over-priced?

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

My journal entry for my amazing 2018 trip to Rome begins here.

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

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

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

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

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I’m also the dealer luthier, able to assess, fix, repair, polish and setup a guitar so that it presents its best self to you.

I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

Updates

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

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

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).  Good enough, I ordered another machine, with a year supply of wicks for it.  Great machine.
  • 05-03-2019 a 2016 Michel Brück will arrive on Tuesday and a 1968 Manuel Velazquez is en route
  • 05-07-2019 – a 2016 Michel Brück #197 Spruce EIRW has arrived. What a beautiful guitar with a warmth that is deceiving.
  • 05-08-2019 – Eugenio Ligato is sending us another beautiful Concert Guitar with Spruce and Limba, a phenomenally beautiful wood.
  • 05-10-2019 – Lorenzo Lippi is sending his top level Concert Model
    # HN38336 with Italian Spruce & EIRW
  • 05-11-2019 – Mostly happy with the new photography process, after 3 months of refining and testing various things. Still working on improvements, but it’s really getting there. I’ve re-shot over 200 guitars since February 2019 with the incredible help of Ryan O’Rourke, my trusted assistant in all things here in the gallery.
  • 05-12-2019 – Warming up today to get to a number of recordings in the next 3 days, playing catch up.
  • 05-13-2019 – Ha, my fingers were raw from practicing for the upcoming recording sessions. I did 2 guitars today, 2019 Robert Vincent #183-RX Spruce EIRW and 2019 Frederich Holtier #140 Spruce Maple – both superb and a lot of fun
  • a Concert Classical Guitar by Lorenzo Lippi has arrived 2019 Lorenzo Lippi #HN38336 Spruce EIRW
  • a traditional concert guitar by German transport Kazuo Sato has arrived 1998 Kazuo Sato Spruce CSA
  • a Pre-Owned Larry Breslin Spruce w/Cocobolo has arrived, very powerful sounding guitar!
  • Len Laviolette is sending us another guitar, a Cedar DT with Sabah Ebony back/sides #130

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

Recordings

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

Video

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

Luthier Bios

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

posted under May 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2018 Ashley Sanders #66 Cedar Ziricote

April 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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April 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our
2018 Ashley Sanders #66 Cedar Ziricote

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

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

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

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

One of my guys here in the gallery did an analysis of guitar dealers around the world, classical guitar specialists.  Our closest competitor of fine classical guitars has 80 Concert level instruments available!   Very nice guitars indeed, if not a bit over-priced?

We have over 190 Concert Level guitars here, and I mean, they live here in my gallery, all filtered by me personally!  Yes sir, we are, without any doubt, the largest gallery in the world catering to a discerning clientele on both sides of the guitar, luthier and player.  Actually, I’m sort of running out of room (OK, I’m really running out of room, starting to look for another place). Goes to show, taking care of people, I mean, really taking care of them, pays beautiful dividends.  Here’s the scary part…I’ve turned away many guitars in the past few months.  We could easily eclipse 250-300 instruments if I allow it.  It was on my mind, I had to say it out loud.   Thank you to everyone who trusts us with their beautiful guitars.

My journal entry for my amazing 2018 trip to Rome begins here.

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

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

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

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

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I’m also the dealer luthier, able to assess, fix, repair, polish and setup a guitar so that it presents its best self to you.

I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

Updates

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

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

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).  Good enough, I ordered another machine, with a year supply of wicks for it.  Great machine.
  • Spent the day re-shooting the fronts and backs of select guitars, better depth of field, brighter, sharper. Bob Desmond got in my head, gotta give it to him, he was right. Shots look much better…thank you Bob! I’ll be updating more over the coming days.
  • Photos include 2008 Gernot Wagner Cedar DT Madagascar #289
  • 2005 Edmund Blochinger #125 Cedar CSA
  • 1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA
  • 2018 Camillo Perrella Spruce Ziricote was recorded today. Numerous guitars are being re-shot with the newer photo setup. All of Ashley Sander’s guitars, the Anders Sterner. I now have a list of 45 guitars where the photography will be re-done, at a minimum. This over the next 2 days. Yikes!!!
  • Photographs being re-shot for 40 or so guitars on the site, front and back, with closeups of front and back as well. We are 30 into the list and I’ll continue this following week as time allows.
  • Recordings today! Ken Whisler and Bob Desmond. Going to Elite Sound Stages in West Babylon NY to do a video session and recordings on Sunday
  • 02-25-2019 – A Jean Noel Rohé just arrived. I will be restoring this guitar to almost pristine condition as the seller regrettably forgot to state the condition of the guitar to a precise nature. Structurally fine, it simply has so much honest play wear on the top and back, it seems logical to bring her back to her original glory. Photos continue to be improved as I’ve updated another 10 or so guitars with portrait shots. My list has expanded to over 110 guitars! Holy color film, Batman!!
  • 03-30-2019 – Released 2 videos for Bob Desmond and his 2 guitars recently brought into the gallery. Recorded at Elite Sound Studio in West Babylon, NY. Lights and smoke, rock ‘n roll gear all around us, it was awesome!
  • 03-31-2019 – Darren Hippner (Doc) is sending me a new Hex Rad Helion model Spruce w/CSA and Fustero tuners! These guitars are excellent.
  • 04-01-2019 – 2 GV Rubio Estudio classical guitars arrived, Spruce and Cedar varieties. Nice guitars.
  • 04-02-2019 – Improving the photography process even more as I’m unhappy with the floor. The backdrop is great, but the muslin is wrinkling and moving, and it’s really pissing me off. LOL..another solution is pending.
  • 04-04-2019 – a 1995 -Lester Devoe Spruce w/EIRW arrived. Very nice work, great guitar!-
  • 04-07-2019 – Juan Miguel Gonzalez is sending us another guitar from Spain! Should be an absolute beauty.
  • 04-08-2019 – Photography has been finally refined to the point where I’m happy. Every single guitar is being re-shot! Think that’s a lot of work? You have no idea…LOL
  • 04-09-2018 – Wilson Burnham is sending a new guitar with a Port Orford Cedar Top and East Indian RW back/sides – should be here Thursday or Friday.
  • 04-10-2019 – Wilson’s guitar arrived today! It’s really nice too! I’m trying to do a bunch of recording today. Photos will start again on Monday, as Ryan is off for the week.
  • 04-11-2019 – I’ve been going back and forth on Engraving Software, between Sibelius (which I like) and Encore 4.55 (which I know really well). I’ve committed to Encore so now I can work on my books. The first of which is My Book of Sketches Vol. 1, dedicated to Tony Acosta of Luthier Music and Rebeca, his wife. I’ve also started, in earnest, my engraving of Bach’s Flute Partita BWV 1013 in A Minor. I began with the Courante, because, quite frankly, it’s my favorite. Updates shortly.
  • 04-12-2019 – Happy Birthday to my lost brother, Ray…I miss him terribly.
  • A new guitar is en route by Robert Vincent of San Diego CA a new RX model which I’m very excited about
  • UPS and FedEx are both highly incompetent when it comes to International Customs and Brokerage. I have 3 guitars held up due to said incompetence. Untenable is the word of the day!! I have to help them to do their job? Seriously? Really? Yikes!!
  • 04-15-2019 – Jeremy Clark of Canada is stopping in for a visit to the gallery today! Tax day too? WTF!? LOL
  • A new guitar by the talented Len Laviolette is en route!
  • Juan Miguel Gonzalez guitar has arrived. Updated photos and listing already!
  • 04-18-2019 – Robert Vincent sent me a gorgeous guitar #183-RX Spruce/EIRW…very nice!
  • 04-19-2019 – I’ve finished the majority of photographs under the new method. I’m now moving to the Acoustic & Electric guitars, then some of the more expensive guitars, the Italians, etc, all next week
  • 04-20-2019 – Happy Easter! Some work, nothing special. Photos tomorrow
  • 04-22-2019 – UPS and FedEx issues are resolved. Terrible, terrible terrible. Nothing else to say. Avoid at all costs on International shipments. Photos continue, 16 guitars re-shot today! Yikes!!
  • 04-23-2019 – Vicente Carrillo guitars Gabriela I and II have arrived and they are gorgeous!
  • Mark Usherovich will be visiting with me on Friday April 16th. Very exciting
  • A 3 hour visit with Mark Usherovich was absolutely wonderful. What a genuine guy, seriously talented and very knowledgeable. He left us an amazing guitar of superb quality.
  • 04-30-2019 – a beautiful Manuel Velazquez from 1959 arrived today.
  • 05-03-2019 a 2016 Michel Brück will arrive on Tuesday and a 1968 Manuel Velazquez is en route

New or Expected Guitars

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

Recordings

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

Video

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

Luthier Bios

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

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1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW

March 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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March 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW

Happy 2019 everyone!  Hope you are all well and a Happy New Year to all. 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 disregard. Weird?  Same with the data for the guitar.  Action, weight, CITES eligibility, etc.

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

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

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

One of my guys here in the gallery did an analysis of guitar dealers around the world, classical guitar specialists.  Our closest competitor of fine classical guitars has 80 Concert level instruments available!   Very nice guitars indeed, if not a bit over-priced?

We have over 185 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 2018 trip to Rome begins here.

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

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

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

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

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I’m also the dealer luthier, able to assess, fix, repair, polish and setup a guitar so that it presents its best self to you.

I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

Updates

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

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

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).  Good enough, I ordered another machine, with a year supply of wicks for it.  Great machine.
  • Spent the day re-shooting the fronts and backs of select guitars, better depth of field, brighter, sharper. Bob Desmond got in my head, gotta give it to him, he was right. Shots look much better…thank you Bob! I’ll be updating more over the coming days.
  • Photos include 2008 Gernot Wagner Cedar DT Madagascar #289
  • 2005 Edmund Blochinger #125 Cedar CSA
  • 1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA
  • 2018 Camillo Perrella Spruce Ziricote was recorded today. Numerous guitars are being re-shot with the newer photo setup. All of Ashley Sander’s guitars, the Anders Sterner. I now have a list of 45 guitars where the photography will be re-done, at a minimum. This over the next 2 days. Yikes!!!
  • Photographs being re-shot for 40 or so guitars on the site, front and back, with closeups of front and back as well. We are 30 into the list and I’ll continue this following week as time allows.
  • Recordings today! Ken Whisler and Bob Desmond. Going to Elite Sound Stages in West Babylon NY to do a video session and recordings on Sunday
  • 02-25-2019 – A Jean Noel Rohé just arrived. I will be restoring this guitar to almost pristine condition as the seller regrettably forgot to state the condition of the guitar to a precise nature. Structurally fine, it simply has so much honest play wear on the top and back, it seems logical to bring her back to her original glory. Photos continue to be improved as I’ve updated another 10 or so guitars with portrait shots. My list has expanded to over 110 guitars! Holy color film, Batman!!
  • 03-01-2019 – My photography process, though improved, really started to piss me off. Reflection and glare of some kind is getting through, so, being a solution guy and not a “complain my ass of” guy, I came up with something. 3 hours in Home Depot, fitting numerous things together, allowed me to devise and rollup and rolldown system, using Duvetyne and Black Vinyl to create a 3 wall black box. I have to experiment with the black backdrop, seeing how “black” it really is, but I believe it will work to my level of satisfaction. All to say that photography is going to look mighty different in the upcoming week. Better? I freakin’ hope so (as in it better be better, otherwise we is going to have one pissed off guitar dealer). LOL Rich
  • 03-03-2019 – I’ve agreed to represent Vicente Carrillo of Spain, bringing in his Gabriele I & II models to the gallery.
  • 03-04-2019 – A 1997 Paul Jacobson Spruce EIRW is en route to the gallery.
  • 03-07-2019 – Quiet of late, as I’ve been busy building and rearranging the gallery to accommodate better photography and quite frankly, more guitars. We are growing bigger still, regardless of my efforts to control stock…LOL…good luck, Rich! Photos will look different from here forward, deep rich black backgrounds, and staging with, I hope, ZERO reflections. Worked my ass off on this new design, which, in essence, is a 100 sq. ft. black box that disappears in a minute from the gallery floor. Also added a new Canon 6D with high end 50mm portrait lens and a 70-300mm zoom lens.
  • 03-08-2019 – Kevin Aram of England is building us a Torres model for which he is extremely well known, of Spruce and New Guinea Ebony. Should be fabulous, as Kevin’s work is always among the best.
  • 03-12-2019 – Larry Breslin is sending us a gorgeous Redwood & EIRW guitar
  • 03-16-2019 – Writing has been slow as I refine the photo process. Just about there as can be seen in some of the newer photographs and portraits of guitars. These are not touched up either. The new camera gives a rich and realistic view of the guitar, the black background is eating up much of the bad light, mission almost accomplished. All in the process of being the best in the world at what I do, this is just part of it all.
  • 03-18-2019 – Continuing the work on photography, it’s getting there. Started playing again, so we can expect recordings to start up again.
  • 03-19-2019 – An Ashley Sanders is en route with Cedar / Ziricote – looks gorgeous!
  • Mark Usherovich is working on finishing a guitar for us. Really looking forward to this.
  • 03-22-2019 – A 2019 Lorenzo Frignani with CITES certified wood has arrived. Very nice!
  • 03-23-2019 – 2 John Price guitars have arrived, 1 Cedar & 1 Spruce, very pretty guitars with a great sound.
  • 03-27-2019 – Keeping up with the photography work, improving the process. Moving to black paper for the backdrop and floor. It’s making me angry. I want it better.
  • 03-30-2019 – Released 2 videos for Bob Desmond and his 2 guitars recently brought into the gallery. Recorded at Elite Sound Studio in West Babylon, NY. Lights and smoke, rock ‘n roll gear all around us, it was awesome!
  • 03-31-2019 – Darren Hippner (Doc) is sending me a new Hex Rad Helion model Spruce w/CSA and Fustero tuners! These guitars are excellent.

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

Recordings

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

Video

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

Luthier Bios

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

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2018 Vance Bergeson #44 Spruce Bolivian

February 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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February 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our
2018-Vance-Bergeson-44-Spruce-Bolivian classical guitar

Happy 2019 everyone!  Hope you are all well and a Happy New Year to all. 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 80 Concert level instruments available!   Very nice guitars indeed, if not a bit over-priced?

We have over 175 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.

Updates

Steve Connor 2015 Spruce Maple #296 Kalmath
Steve Connor 2015 Spruce Maple #296 Kalmath

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.
  • 01-28-2019 – Fabio Zontini has arrived! A guitar by Vance Bergeson of Idaho is also in the gallery. Updates shortly
  • 01-31-2019 – I finally got around to writing about an amazing trip I took to Paris with my wife, Valerie (for our wedding anniversary) with the added bonus of visiting with the phenomenal Olivier Fanton d’Andon and then with Benoit Pierron in Lyon.
  • Spent some time setting up new microphones, mic cables and a stereo bar for an X-Y config on the new M60 mics. Got it going and recorded 2 guitars with it. Love it. I’m going to add the Lauten FC-327 and we’ll see what we get in total. Nice!
  • 02-07-2019 – Spending time playing, writing, transcribing new music and some old. New mic setup is phenomenal, very clean, big and round. Working on Rags, Blues for finger style guitars, some new Bach from a Flute Partita, basically, we’re having some fun here in the gallery. Sweet!! LOL
  • 02-08-2019 – A 2011 David Daily has arrived, as well as a Santa Cruz Vintage Artist steel string. A 2003 Jean Noel Rohé is en route along with a Marcelo Lopez Nieto from 1969
  • 02-09-2019 – I just learned that my good friend, Tony Acosta of Luthier’s Music in NYC has passed. I am heartbroken and distraught. I will stay in the gallery all day playing in the dark. I am also dedicating my Book of Sketches Vol.1 (forthcoming) to the great Tony Acosta. You will be sorely missed my friend.
  • 02-12-2019 – Just arrived back from Orlando visiting with my good friend and luthier extraordinaire Bob Desmond. Brought back 2 of his gorgeous guitars with me and a few other special guitars, which I will write about later. Photos today and listings to follow shortly.
  • 02-14-2019 – I’m following the advice of Bob Desmond, besides a phenomenal luthier, a photographer for Disney Orlando for oh, let’s say a few decades! He’s advised me on some basic photography information to help improve the process. Deeper depth of field (I’ve always gone for the shorter depth) and adjustments to other settings accordingly. I’m working it.
  • A 1971 Hauser II Llobet model is in the gallery – a 1978 Daniel Friederich is also here.
  • A 2011 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist built by the owner himself
  • 02-15-2019 – so much photography, so many listings created, I am actually exhausted. I just finished the last 2 for Matteo Vaghi and the Santa Cruz Vintage Artist. I’m busted, I’m going home LOL
  • Ken Whisler from Missouri sent us his latest guitar, beautifully crafted Cedar w/EIRW
  • Spent an hour on the phone with the great Robert Vincent – he’s getting an RX model ready for us and possibly a Lutz Spruce & Maple Urbano by mid-March of this year. He’s awesome!
  • 02-16-2019 – Things are moving along nicely in the gallery. A Felipe Conde Crespo Negra sold and a Dominique Field from 2011 sold in 2 days? How nice. Very happy for the new owners. I’ll be in the gallery all day today recording the 15 or so new guitars that came in this past week. Lot of work, but the best kind…playing and recording awesomely beautiful classical and steel string guitars! Nice!!
  • 00-17-2019 – created pages for Matteo Vaghi – Camillo Perrella – Michele della Giustina – Fabio Zontini – Ken Whisler – Santa Cruz Guitars – gosh darn, it’s a lot of work. Tired boy. I just wanna play, baby! LOL
  • 02-18-2019 – 2018 Camillo Perrella Spruce Ziricote just arrived! Awesome guitar!
  • Spent the day re-shooting the fronts and backs of select guitars, better depth of field, brighter, sharper. Bob Desmond got in my head, gotta give it to him, he was right. Shots look much better…thank you Bob! I’ll be updating more over the coming days.
  • Photos include 2008 Gernot Wagner Cedar DT Madagascar #289
  • 2005 Edmund Blochinger #125 Cedar CSA
  • 1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA
  • 2018 Camillo Perrella Spruce Ziricote was recorded today. Numerous guitars are being re-shot with the newer photo setup. All of Ashley Sander’s guitars, the Anders Sterner. I now have a list of 45 guitars where the photography will be re-done, at a minimum. This over the next 2 days. Yikes!!!
  • 02-22-2019 – Photographs being re-shot for 40 or so guitars on the site, front and back, with closeups of front and back as well. We are 30 into the list and I’ll continue this following week as time allows.
  • 02-23-2019 – Recordings today! Ken Whisler and Bob Desmond. Going to Elite Sound Stages in West Babylon NY to do a video session and recordings on Sunday
  • 02-25-2019 – A Jean Noel Rohé just arrived. Photos continue to be improved as I’ve updated another 10 or so guitars with portrait shots

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

Recordings

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

Video

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

Luthier Bios

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

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January 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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January 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2018 Michele della Giustina #384 Spruce Ziricote
2018 Michele della Giustina #384 Spruce Ziricote 2018 Michele della Giustina #384 Spruce Ziricote

The image above is our Boguslaw Teryks classical guitar

Happy 2019 everyone!  Hope you are all well and a Happy New Year to all. 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 80 Concert level instruments available!   Very nice guitars indeed, if not a bit over-priced?

We have over 175 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.

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.
  • 12-28-2018 – Spent a good portion of the last 2 weeks updating the site, normalizing pricing (I lowered the prices on quite a few guitars to get them into good homes), firming up descriptions, links, and a lot of photography, getting everything up to speed.  See, there’s a reason some of the dealers (most of the dealers, actually I don’t know any that go to my effort for every single guitar on the site) do not offer anywhere near as much information, photos (real photos that truly show the guitars, defects and all), measurements, personal recordings where I can offer you my own off the cuff responses to guitars, etc.  It’s a LOT of work.  Plus they have to play them themselves?  Or set them up themselves?  Or fix them?  What???  Godsforbids…LOL  Haha end of the year rant.  Deal with a luthier’s dealer, not a putz.  Should be my new slogan?  Maybe…to be continued.
  • 12-31-2018 – Happy New Year!  Spent the last few days updating further, photos, recordings, tightening every thing up.  It’s been very production.  May you all have a great upcoming New Year receiving all to which you aspire.  Back to work for me.  Best, Rich
  • 01-02-2019 – Back to work with a vengeance. 2 Douglass Scott guitars and a Boguslaw Teryk guitar have arrived today.
  • 01-05-2019 – A video shoot with Matt Lampel of The Crane School is in progress today. Great player!
  • 01-07-2019 – New SCG Strings supply has been ordered. Photo shoot for a few interesting guitars as well, including a Canadian G&P Judd classical guitar that I fell in love with as well as a Rich DiCarlo CG that needed a small setup.
  • 01-19-2019 – Back from a much needed vacation, Cancun was beautiful. Video is uploaded today regarding a 2013 Anders Sterner Spruce CSA – work was all about catching up and phone calls, emails, etc. Nice to get away, but coming back is, let’s say, difficult LOL
  • 01-23-2019 – Measurements, photos, listings as a number of guitars have come in to the gallery. David Daily – Kenny Hill Signature 640 in Cedar – and a few Italian luthiers are en route including Fabio Zontini and Camillo Perrella along with a few more gents.
  • 01-28-2019 – Fabio Zontini has arrived! A guitar by Vance Bergeson of Idaho is also in the gallery. Updates shortly
  • 01-31-2019 – I finally got around to writing about an amazing trip I took to Paris with my wife, Valerie (for our wedding anniversary) with the added bonus of visiting with the phenomenal Olivier Fanton d’Andon and then with Benoit Pierron in Lyon.
  • Spent some time setting up new microphones, mic cables and a stereo bar for an X-Y config on the new M60 mics. Got it going and recorded 2 guitars with it. Love it. I’m going to add the Lauten FC-327 and we’ll see what we get in total. Nice!

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

Recordings

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

Video upcoming

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

Luthier Bios

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

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December 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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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.
  • 12-16-2018 – Spent the day updating the site with inventory numbers on Gotoh machines, Alessi machines, Hill Guitars, Adalid and Esteve guitars, and cases by Visesnut and Humicase Metro or Proteges.
  • 12-17-2018 – A guitar by Fabio Zontini of Italy is just about ready.  Another guitar by Matteo Vagghi of Italy is just about ready.  These gentlemen are incredible builders.
  • 12-18-2018 – Updating the site with numerous new photographs, measurements and other data sets.  Cleaned up the gallery and continued the setup of my own office.
  • 12-28-2018 – Spent a good portion of the last 2 weeks updating the site, normalizing pricing (I lowered the prices on quite a few guitars to get them into good homes), firming up descriptions, links, and a lot of photography, getting everything up to speed.  See, there’s a reason some of the dealers (most of the dealers, actually I don’t know any that go to my effort for every single guitar on the site) do not offer anywhere near as much information, photos (real photos that truly show the guitars, defects and all), measurements, personal recordings where I can offer you my own off the cuff responses to guitars, etc.  It’s a LOT of work.  Plus they have to play them themselves?  Or set them up themselves?  Or fix them?  What???  Godsforbids…LOL  Haha end of the year rant.  Deal with a luthier’s dealer, not a putz.  Should be my new slogan?  Maybe…to be continued.
  • 12-31-2018 – Happy New Year!  Spent the last few days updating further, photos, recordings, tightening every thing up.  It’s been very production.  May you all have a great upcoming New Year receiving all to which you aspire.  Back to work for me.  Best, Rich

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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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

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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