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December 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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December 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our 1998 Robert Ruck #682 Spruce EIRW

Hope you are all well as the weather has gotten downright frigid in the Northeast of the USA.  The site is updated and quite tight.  Recordings are 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. Please NOTE that the organization of CITES has determined that musical instruments under 10kg of mass are not included within the restrictions going forward.  This will take place toward the end of November 2019. Brazilian Rosewood (CSA RW) is still highly restricted, but all other Rosewoods are off of “our” table.  Very good news, quite rational, and well, it’s about time.  We’ve all done good work toward this end, myself included, along with various musical agencies (such as League of American Orchestras and ANAFIMA) that represent traveling musicians, as well as Taylor Guitars, Fender, Gibson, CF Martin & Co., Collings Guitars, NAMM have all contributed to this updated world wide legislation that will soon go into effect.

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, fix, setup and repair 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, 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 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 4 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.
  • Please NOTE that USPS Shipping costs for Express Shipping has gone up significantly.  We are setting up to change our shipping arrangements so that the cost to you is somewhat minimal, but shipping can no longer be FREE through us.  Our apologies, but the cost has gone up by almost 100%.  I will update accordingly and let you all know what is happening.
  • 11-26-2019 – a 1998 Robert Ruck #682 Spruce EIRW is here.  She’s in beautiful shape with the slightest bit of wear.  Nice guitar!
  • 11-30-2019  – Jeremy Clark called me with a guitar he will be sending in the next week or so.  We are pleased to represent this fine luthier from Canada here in the USA.
  • 12-05-2019 – Jean Rompré is sending us a new guitar, arriving early next week, maybe Saturday.  Updates to follow.

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

Luthiers

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

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December 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2019 Lorenzo Frignani #231 Spruce EIRW CITES

November 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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November 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our 2019 Lorenzo Frignani #231 Spruce EIRW

Hope you are all well as the weather begins to cool here in the Northeast of the USA.  The site is updated and quite tight.  Recordings are 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.

Please NOTE that the organization of CITES has determined that musical instruments under 10kg of mass are not included within the restrictions going forward.  This will take place toward the end of November 2019. Brazilian Rosewood (CSA RW) is still highly restricted, but all other Rosewoods are off of “our” table.  Very good news, quite rational, and well, it’s about time.  We’ve all done good work toward this end, myself included, along with various musical agencies (such as League of American Orchestras and ANAFIMA) that represent traveling musicians, as well as Taylor Guitars, Fender, Gibson, CF Martin & Co., Collings Guitars, NAMM have all contributed to this updated world wide legislation that will soon go into effect.

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, fix, setup and repair 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, 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 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 4 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.
  • Please NOTE that USPS Shipping costs for Express Shipping has gone up significantly.  We are setting up to change our shipping arrangements so that the cost to you is somewhat minimal, but shipping can no longer be FREE through us.  Our apologies, but the cost has gone up by almost 100%.  I will update accordingly and let you all know what is happening.
  • 11-01-2019 – Colin Fullerton visited with us to do some video work.  Updates are below under “Video”
  • 11-7-2019 – Wow, it got cold!  More time in the gallery means more work gets done, moreso than usual.  Number of guitars are en route, including a Larry Breslin and Players in 640mm and 628mm Scale Length from Kenny Hill
  • 11-11-2019 – 1st video for Colin Fullerton has been uploaded featuring our 2019 Luciano Maggi Spruce Pau Rojo
  • 11-12-2019 – a new guitar from Larry Breslin is on its way.  2019 Cedar with CSA RW Double Top is here
  • 11-13-2019 – New guitar from Kenny Hill – one of his Signature 640mm in Spruce is en route
  • 11-14-2019 – Kenny Hill will be sending me 2 – Player Classical Guitar Cedar 640mm with PORTS and 2 – Player 628mm Cedar with Ports.  They should be here just before Thanksgiving.
  • 11-15-2019 – I’ve begun scoring again, finishing my Book of Sketches.  Sketch #5 dedicated to my brother Raymond is almost complete.  I then have to finish #4 and done.  Then I can write notes and title page, etc, compile and release.  After that is done, I’m going to continue work on the Flute Partita by Bach.  The Courante is almost complete.  Both books will be available in TAB versions as well.
  • 11-26-2019 – a 1998 Robert Ruck #682 Spruce EIRW is here.  She’s in beautiful shape with the slightest bit of wear.  Nice guitar!
  • 11-30-2019  – Jeremy Clark called me with a guitar he will be sending in the next week or so.  We are pleased to represent this fine luthier from Canada here in the USA.

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

Luthiers

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

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November 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2003 Jean Noel Rohe #003 Spruce EIRW

October 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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October 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our 2003 Jean Noel Rohe #003 Spruce EIRW

Hope you are all well as the weather begins to cool here in the Northeast of the USA.  The 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. Please NOTE that the organization of CITES has determined that musical instruments under 10kg of mass are not included within the restrictions going forward.  This will take place toward the end of November 2019. Brazilian Rosewood (CSA RW) is still highly restricted, but all other Rosewoods are off of “our” table.  Very good news, quite rational, and well, it’s about time.  We’ve all done good work toward this end, myself included, along with various musical agencies (such as League of American Orchestras and ANAFIMA) that represent traveling musicians, as well as Taylor Guitars, Fender, Gibson, CF Martin & Co., Collings Guitars, NAMM have all contributed to this updated world wide legislation that will soon go into effect.

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, 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 4 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.
  • Please NOTE that USPS Shipping costs for Express Shipping has gone up significantly.  We are setting up to change our shipping arrangements so that the cost to you is somewhat minimal, but shipping can no longer be FREE through us.  Our apologies, but the cost has gone up by almost 100%.  I will update accordingly and let you all know what is happening.
  • 10-02-2019 – We are preparing to receive a Damman guitar and a Simon Ambridge Rodrigo Centenary guitar (1 of a kind on the planet)
  • 10-05-2019 – A 1995 Matthias Damman Cedar DT has arrived along with a beautiful Mikhail Robert Cedar from 2000
  • 10-12-2019 – Wilson Burnham sent me a Redwood EIRW beauty called “Elena”

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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October 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2019 Luciano Maggi Spruce Pau Rojo

September 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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September 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our 2019 Luciano Maggi Spruce Pau Rojo

The Happy times continue and hello to everyone, as the weather here in NY is just starting to cool down!  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 Fall, much like I am. A little bit of golf time has been enjoyed, working on getting my 1 Handicap back (good luck?, it was up to a 3.0…as in doh, but  I have down back to a 1.0 and looking to go negative for the first time in a year) 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.

Please NOTE that the organization of CITES has determined that musical instruments under 10kg of mass are not included within the restrictions going forward.  This may take place toward the end of November 2019, or possibly going into effect on January 1, 2020?  Brazilian Rosewood (CSA RW) is still highly restricted, but all other Rosewoods are off of “our” table.  Very good news, quite rational, and well, it’s about time.  We’ve all done good work toward this end, myself included, along with various musical agencies (such as League of American Orchestras and ANAFIMA) that represent traveling musicians, as well as Taylor Guitars, Fender, Gibson, CF Martin & Co., Collings Guitars, NAMM have all contributed to this updated world wide legislation that will soon go into effect.

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, 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 4 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.
  • Please NOTE that USPS Shipping costs for Express Shipping has gone up significantly.  We are setting up to change our shipping arrangements so that the cost to you is somewhat minimal, but shipping can no longer be FREE through us.  Our apologies, but the cost has gone up by almost 100%.  I will update accordingly and let you all know what is happening.
  • 08-30-2019 – My restoration of a Kevin Aram from 2000 is finally ready for sale.  Her name is Ophelia and she is a beauty.
  • 09-04-2019 – A Kris Barnett and a Lorenzo Frignani classical guitar are en route.  Should be here by Friday.
  • 09-05-2019 – We are back in full swing here, with many guitars having found new homes in the past weeks.  I’ve sat with the website today, tightening up our Previously Sold Category, as well as removing guitars from the Classical Guitar section that have been sold.  All recordings are up to date, photography is on-going with newly arrived instruments, and so on.
  • 09-10-2019 – Trying not to dwell on 9/11, the pain, the loss and the history.  So, instead, I listen to some excellent music from Andrew York, including “Home“, a wonderfully expressive piece of music.  He’s so good!  Quite a few guitars have left the building.  So happy for so many nice people enjoying a quality guitar that is setup perfectly for them.
  • 09-11-2019 – 9/11 is a very special day, sad by all measures, but again, I don’t wish to dwell.  I’ll focus on guitars, including a special Manuel Adalid Alboraya Hauser Bench Copy from 2014 – these guitars are truly exceptional.
  • 09-15-2019 – Federica Canta of Milan Italy will be performing in the gallery at 7PM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – admission is $10 and Free to all students with a School ID.  Please join us.  
  • 09-16-20192014 Manuel Adalid Hauser Bench Copy Spruce CSA was just photographed along with a Manuel Adalid Alboraya Custom Shop Classical Guitar from 2013 with Spruce & Cocobolo.  Both are magnificent guitars.
  • 09-17-2019 – Federica Canta of Milan, Italy has been with me and will be here through Wednesday, playing and preparing for a small recital at the gallery tonight, September 18. 2019 at 7PM – please join us at the gallery.  She is incredible!  I’ve done 4 videos with her, uploaded the MP3s in there pages, updates below.  Video work is being processed as of tonight.  I’ll update as I have more info.  What a pleasure this young lady is and will always be, so intelligent, articulate and wonderfully musical.
  • 09-18-2019 – We are preparing to receive a number of new instruments, including a Damman and a Simon Ambridge Centenary and a Lorenzo Frignani.  Timeline is soon!  LOL  
  • 09-20-2019 – James Erickson of LI University came to the gallery and shot 4 videos for us.  Updates below.  Fun time and a seamless experience.

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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September 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2018 Len Laviolette #127 Cedar DT Ebony

August 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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August 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2018 Len Laviolette #127 Cedar DT Ebony

2018 Len Laviolette #127 Cedar DT Ebony

The image above is our 2018 Len Laviolette #127 Cedar DT Ebony

Happy times everyone as the weather here in NY is officially gotdam hot!  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?, it’s up to a 3.0…as in doh) 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.
  • Please NOTE that USPS Shipping costs for Express Shipping has gone up significantly.  We are setting up to change our shipping arrangements so that the cost to you is somewhat minimal, but shipping can no longer be FREE through us.  Our apologies, but the cost has gone up by almost 100%.  I will update accordingly and let you all know what is happening.
  • 07-25-2019 – 3 guitars listed, see below –  Ron Hachez – Len Laviolette and Tom Malapanis #51
  • 08-01-2019 – Kim Lissarrague of Australia sent us a beauty. 2019 Kim Lissarrague #327 Cedar Ziricote Lattice
  • 08-04-2019 – Enjoying the summer, but there’s still work to do.  I’ll be recording a few guitars just to make certain we are all up to date.
  • 08-07-2019 – 2 Luciano Maggi guitars are en route, an Italian Spruce with  Pau Rojo (a form of Padauk) and a Yellow Cedar with Malaysian Blackwood.  Luciano is one of the best Italian builders on the planet, choosing the finest woods that are CITES free.  Very interesting guitars, quite powerful with a superb voice. 
  • 08-13-2019 – The 2 Maggi guitars are here.  I recorded the Cedar Malaysian BW guitar today.  Wow?   Wow, wow, and some more wowies.  LOL
  • 08-15-2019 – I finished restoring a 2003 Jean Noel Rohe #003 Spruce EIRW which came out great.   She plays and sounds wonderfully with a new personal setup, new nut and saddle, full re-polishing of the guitar, etc.  Absolutely lovely guitar.
  • 08-20-2019 – I recorded the 2019 Luciano Maggi Spruce Pau Rojo simply because she came to life, as I knew it would take a few days to warm up to play. Beautiful!
  • 08-26-2019 – A pre-owned Kenny Hill Signature is en route – Cedar 650mm from 2015 in excellent condition
  • 08-30-2019 – My restoration of a Kevin Aram from 2000 is finally ready for sale.  Her name is Ophelia and she is a beauty.

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

August 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

2019 Eugenio Ligato "Ganymede" Spruce Limba

July 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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July 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

The image above is our 2019 Eugenio Ligato “Ganymede” Spruce Limba

Happy times everyone as the weather here in NY is officially gotdam hot!  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?, it’s up to a 3.0…as in doh) 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.
  • Please NOTE that USPS Shipping costs for Express Shipping has gone up significantly.  We are arranging to change our shipping arrangements so that the cost to you is somewhat minimal, but shipping can no longer be FREE through us.  Our apologies, but the cost has gone up by almost 100%.  I will update accordingly and let you all know what is happening.
  • 06-28-2019 – A Douglas Ching “Ambassador” guitar has arrived
  • 06-29-2019 – a 2010 Michel Bruck Cedar Brazilian is en route
  • 07-02-2019 – Happy July!  Hope you are all well.  A number of new guitars are arriving shortly.  I will update.  The site is completely up to date, measurements, recordings, photos, heck, even paperwork is up to date?  Really?  Wow, that’s so cool.  LOL  Rich
  • 07-12-2019 – I realize I have not written in a week or more, being distracted with guitar issues, gallery, and so on.  Not a lot going on in the foreground, but much in the background.  I’m also trying to find a new location for the gallery, being resigned to the fact that I might have to build my own place, custom designed, custom built, which in theory sounds great, but not in reality.  A freakin’ nightmare is what it is coming down to, but will have to suck it up and get on with it.  I’ll update as soon as I know more about a possible location.  For now, we are here and staying here in Bohemia for the foreseeable future.
  • 07-13-2019 – Len Laviolette is sending is yet another guitar!  I’ve been selling his guitars rather quickly.
  • 07-18-2019 – 3 guitars have arrived in the past 2 days
  • 07-21-2019 – Spent a relaxing weekend with the family over this extremely hot 2 days, pool, custom drinks, a little shopping, made the wife happy!  
  • 07-22-2019 – A superb guitar by California Master Luthier Ron Hachez has arrived!  Most impressive.  Updates soon!
  • 07-25-2019 – 3 guitars listed, see below –  Ron Hachez – Len Laviolette and Tom Malapanis #51

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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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.
  • Please NOTE that USPS Shipping costs for Express Shipping has gone up significantly.  We are arranging to change our shipping arrangements so that the cost to you is somewhat minimal, but shipping can no longer be FREE through us.  Our apologies, but the cost has gone up by almost 100%.  I will update accordingly and let you all know what is happening.
  • 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.
  • 06-28-2019 – A Douglas Ching “Ambassador” guitar has arrived
  • 06-29-2019 – a 2010 Michel Bruck Cedar Brazilian 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

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