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Manouk Papazian 1977 Spruce Flamed Maple

July 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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1969 Hermann Hauser II #854 Spruce CSA

1969 Hermann Hauser II #854 Spruce CSA

July 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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

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

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

I didn’t end up making it to the GFA because of family issues.  Every year it’s something.  I am going to Paris to meet with Olivier Fanton d’Andon and a few other luthiers on July 17 for a week.  Wish me luck, cuz I dislike traveling in general.  How’s that working out for me? Ugh…

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

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

My main focus this month is to do a ton of recording and video work, getting the site up to speed, again.

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

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

I have also developed a line of basic but high quality strings under our labelSavage Classical Guitar Strings –  Very affordable, very straightforward nylon strings that anyone can use.  Total pound pressure of 75lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 80lbs (Normal Tension) – 85lbs (High Tension).

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

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

Updates

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (sofar).
  • A wonderful visit with Bob Desmond in Orlando, Florida.  I spent over 4 hours with him, re-discovering what an amazing luthier he truly is and how he has been underrated for a long time.  His time with various luthiers including Manuel Velazquez go unnoticed and unrecognized.  What is recognized is how amazing his guitars are within the traditional techniques of modern lutieria.  They are mindful of the greatest guitars from the likes of Bouchet – Friederich and Hauser and of course the great Manuel.  What is most incredible, is that in spite of the shoddy treatment received by the family, he has nothing but extraordinary things to say about the son and the father, and how grateful he is for the time spent and the knowledge learned.  People don’t get it.  Bob is so knowledgeable, so skilled, it belies his own quiet demeanor.  Much respect, Bob, much respect
  • 06-28-2018 – a 2008 Gernot Wagner DT Cedar w/Madagascar RW has arrived
  • 06-30-2018 – A very busy week with some beautiful guitars, both coming in and going out.  Just recorded Lorenzo Lippi’s guitar.  What a pleasure.
  • 07-20-2018 – Having CITES issues with USDA and CBP for 2 different shipments from Spain.  I can’t fix stupid.  Can only guide them and it takes to dang long to teach people that are “experts”?  Right!
  • 07-03-2018 – Trying to wrap my head around processing video work.  I have 4 to do, which once I break through, I can do a lot more.  btw, it’s so hot!  I generally like it like this, but gotdam, it’s cooking steak on the pavement hot around here?  LOL
  • 07-10-2018- A Manuel Velazquez from 1996? is en route
  • 07-11-2018 – A 1998 Felix Manzanero has arrived.  Links below.

New or Expected Guitars

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

Photography

Recording

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

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under July 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Eugenio Ligato of Italy

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Eugenio Ligato

Rich Sayage & Eugenio Ligato with Enrico on the right

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

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

     
     
     
   
Camillo Perrella - Eugenio Ligato - Giacomo Guadagna - Mario Pistella

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

Me with Eugenio Ligato

Me with Eugenio Ligato

Robert Vincent Urbano #179 Torres Spruce Cocobolo 640

June 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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June 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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

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

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

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

My main focus this month is to do a ton of recording and video work, getting the site up to speed, again.

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

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

I have also developed a line of basic but high quality strings under our labelSavage Classical Guitar Strings –  Very affordable, very straightforward nylon strings that anyone can use.  Total pound pressure of 75lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 80lbs (Normal Tension) – 85lbs (High Tension).

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

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

Updates

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (sofar).
  • A wonderful visit with Bob Desmond in Orlando, Florida.  I spent over 4 hours with him, re-discovering what an amazing luthier he truly is and how he has been underrated for a long time.  His time with various luthiers including Manuel Velazquez go unnoticed and unrecognized.  What is recognized is how amazing his guitars are within the traditional techniques of modern lutieria.  They are mindful of the greatest guitars from the likes of Bouchet – Friederich and Hauser and of course the great Manuel.  What is most incredible, is that in spite of the shoddy treatment received by the family, he has nothing but extraordinary things to say about the son and the father, and how grateful he is for the time spent and the knowledge learned.  People don’t get it.  Bob is so knowledgeable, so skilled, it belies his own quiet demeanor.  Much respect, Bob, much respect
  • Eduardo Bossa with me at Savage Classical Guitar

    Eduardo Bossa with me at Savage Classical Guit

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

New or Expected Guitars

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

Photography

Recording

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

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under June 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Bob Desmond and his 4 homage guitars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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May 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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

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

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

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

My main focus this month is to do a ton of recording and video work, getting the site up to speed, again.

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

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

I have also developed a line of basic but high quality strings under our labelSavage Classical Guitar Strings –  Very affordable, very straightforward nylon strings that anyone can use.  Total pound pressure of 75lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 80lbs (Normal Tension) – 85lbs (High Tension).

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

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

Updates

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

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

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

    Eduardo Bossa with me at Savage Classical Guitar

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

New or Expected Guitars

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

Photography

Recording

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

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under May 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Matt Rubendall 2017 Spruce Quilted Maple

April 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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April 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy April everyone!  It’s still cold?  WTF?  Unbelievable.  OK, so I’m back from a trip to Rome in mid-March and then a vacation, much needed, end of March in Cancun.  Wow, is it nice there.  I miss it (sound of a crying child implied), I want to go back, please!  Reality set in, and I find myself in the gallery now an average of 10 hours a day, sometimes more.  I’m tired, but happy that we are now, officially (and probably have been for some time) the largest classical guitar gallery in the world with over 260 available instruments, all priced at $3K or higher, the vast majority of them being quality classical guitars by various talented luthiers from all over the world.  I have to say, I’m mighty proud of this and the ability to offer such a widely varied selection of value and guitar to the entire world.  Very proud of this, and yet, can you believe this, I’m not feeling that I’m doing enough?  Now that’s just plain weird when looking from the outside, but maybe, that’s the point.  I always want to be better for you and for the luthiers that choose to work with me.  OK, enough of that…

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

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

My main focus this month is to do a ton of recording and video work, getting the site up to speed, again.

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

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

I have also developed a line of basic but high quality strings under our labelSavage Classical Guitar Strings –  Very affordable, very straightforward nylon strings that anyone can use.  Total pound pressure of 75lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 80lbs (Normal Tension) – 85lbs (High Tension).

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

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

Updates

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).
  • 03-28-2018 – a 1972 Ramirez 1A in very good condition showed up today.  Evaluation shows us needing a setup, new saddle, nut, fret leveling, etc.  But the sound on this guitar!  Yikes is she a sweetie.  Classic Ramirez 666mm scale length.  Segovia would have loved this guitar.  Listing after the work is done.
  • 04-07-2018 – I’m back from vacation, raring to go.  A number of guitars are en route, waiting for me to return.  A 2007 Kolya Panhuyzen Spruce has entered the building.  A Ramirez 1A from the 1970s.  An older Hill Signature is on its way as well.  There’s quite a few more.  I’m also planning a trip to France to see Olivier Fanton D’Andon to pick up my guitar.  I’ll see a few luthiers while I’m over there.  Then, I spoke 2 weeks ago to a Mark Usherovich where we’ve committed to bringing his guitars here to the gallery.  He’s a lovely guy, very talented, where he appreciates the no-nonsense approach I bring to the dealer side while I love his guitars.  Updates asap.
  • 04-10-2018 –  A Paulino Bernabe Torres Concierto model (pre-owned) has arrived.  Checking her out asap.
  • 04-10-2018 – A new Kenny Hill Performance 640 Cedar is en route
  • 04-11-2018 – A new Kenny Hill Signature 640 Cedar (Standard with elevated board) is also en route.  I haven’t had one of these in a bit of a while.
  • 04-13-2018 – Happy Friday the 13th?  Yikes!  A 1968 Manouk Papazian with rosette tiles came in today.  I have to do some slight work to it, but she’s a beauty, nice sound.  Slight setup, fret dressings, etc and she’ll be good to go.  Listing asap.
  • 04-14-2018 – a 2005 Edmund Blochinger Cedar w/CSA has arrived.  Serious!
  • 04-15-2018 – Late night in the gallery, recording, updating the site and, uhoh, personal taxes!  Yikes!!  Filed and done…nice!  Happy Tax Day? Corporate was done last month, on time!?  How’d that happen?  I have a great accountant, thankfully.
  • 04-16-2018 – an older but absolutely mint, pristine Kenny Hill Signature from 2003 is en route, Cedar/CSA
  • 04-20-2018 – a beautiful 1977 Jose Oribe Suprema Calidad Cedar Cocobolo has just arrived.
  • 04-22-2018 – some updates, recording 2 gorgeous guitars, order fulfillment.  Had a honey-do list today, lot of work at home too.  Sheesh, like I got nothing better to do?  LOL
  • 04-23-2018 – I’m in Florida Tuesday thru Thursday, visiting with the great Bob Desmond in Orlando.  Phone, email, text all work.  631-335-5447 and [email protected]
  • – It’s very possible a 2003 Marcelino Lopez and a late 1960 Hauser II will arrive at the gallery next week, both in mint condition!
  • – A Daniel Friederich and another Hauser II might make the rounds here in the gallery.
  • – An early Bouchet and another Friederich are destined for the gallery in the next 2 weeks.  Updates on all the above soon.
  • 04-26-2018 – A wonderful visit with Bob Desmond in Orlando, Florida.  I spent over 4 hours with him, re-discovering what an amazing luthier he truly is and how he has been underrated for a long time.  His time with various luthiers including Manuel Velazquez go unnoticed and unrecognized.  What is recognized is how amazing his guitars are within the traditional techniques of modern lutieria.  They are mindful of the greatest guitars from the likes of Bouchet – Friederich and Hauser and of course the great Manuel.  What is most incredible, is that in spite of the shoddy treatment received by the family, he has nothing but extraordinary things to say about the son and the father, and how grateful he is for the time spent and the knowledge learned.  People don’t get it.  Bob is so knowledgeable, so skilled, it belies his own quiet demeanor.  Much respect, Bob, much respect.
  • 04-30-2018 – A superb Herman Hauser II #854 1969 and a 2003 Marcelino Lopez Spruce CSA are in the gallery.  The Hauser is in fine condition, all original, listing updated shortly.  Cash deals will only be taken on this guitar at $50K.  Please serious inquiries only at my email rich at savageclassical dot com.  The Lopez is in superb condition as well.  $10K on this guitar

New or Expected Guitars

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

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Robert Vincent Luthier – San Diego – Reviews

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Hi Everyone, I just got back from Cancun after a long needed vacation on April 5, 2018.  I was pleasantly surprised by 2 reviews of Rob Vincent and his work, one from last year and just recently.  I post them as is without further commentary.  Thank you all!

Robert Vincent Classical Guitar #175-R 2017 Spruce EIRW

Robert Vincent Classical Guitar #175-R 2017 Spruce EIRW

Rob Glownia  

Rich, thanks for all of your help and patience finding the right guitar for me . Sorry for taking so long for the review. The Robert Vincent 175R just keeps sounding better and better each day. The guitar is so well balanced with such a full sound it is really hard to put it down. When I play it , it sounds like it’s singing back to me. I can go on and on but I won’t. I’m sure you get the picture. I talked to Robert Vincent and asked him to lower the action a bit, he was so informative and friendly and told me to ship the guitar to him, and I did. With no charge Robert did some tweaking and tuned the guitar up for me . When I received the guitar it was silky sweet. I don’t think I will ever let this one go. Thanks again for all of your help, and I would definitely advise anyone looking for a classical guitar to try one of his.

Matt Barber – March 9, 2017

I have Robert’s #171-R which I bought from Rich in November. It’s a wonderful guitar. I drove down to Rich’s with a very nice Hauser style guitar by a very good builder, (which after trading to Rich, he sold within a week) and a guitar built in Valencia in 1957, which had the Spanish sound I wanted, but has some flaws, which I still have). This guitar by Robert has that Spanish sound, which he knows and has been able to capture. What does that mean? I can only explain it by how I try to interpret music with a guitar. I want to sculpt the phrases, the phrases are statements, as a person singing. With Robert’s guitar, changing timbre doesn’t just modify the voice, it creates a new voice, like the alto entering from stage left – where did that come from and how did they break my heart? Many good guitars have beautiful voices which you can modify by timbre and dynamic, but a great spanish type guitar like this makes each variation something new, it’s uncanny. My guitar teacher, who is 69 and has made a career of teaching, seen and heard many fine guitars, old and new, he plays and has recorded with an 1928 Esteso loves this guitar, and thinks Robert one of the best builders of this generation. I don’t have his experience, but it is a great guitar. Robert has vision, he knows what the sound should be and has been able to express it in each guitar. (another student has a cedar top – very nice). The material and workmanship are stunning, this guy is the real deal.


Robert Vincent Classical Guitar #171-R 2016 Spruce

Robert Vincent Classical Guitar #171-R 2016 Spruce

Please see all of our offerings from Robert Vincent – he is truly a dedicated and talented luthier, one of the sweetest guys you will ever meet.

 

My trip to Rome and the 2018 Roma Guitar Expo

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Hello Everyone!  Thank you kindly for taking the time to read my blog, which in essence, I feel is a personal and professional journal and possibly diary, if you will.     You are all most kind to take such interest.

OK, Rome and the Roma Guitar Expo.  Honestly, given the time constraints of being away and traveling for 5 days, I was not looking forward to it.  It was almost fully paid for by the Italian Trade Commission, yet, I’m wondering, “how do I manage the time”?  You may find that odd?  How could you not want to go to Italy?  Well, you have to see it from my point of view.  I am this business, and as professionally as I run it, it’s all still very personal to me.  In the end, people want to speak with me and only me.  I get it.  I would want the same.

All I can say, in the end, I’m very happy I went.  Yes, I was shut down for 5 days, but it was worth every minute.  Allow me to explain.

The first thing you realize when you arrive in Rome is that the air and the light is very different. now, I’ve been ​to Rome, Italy and much of Europe many times​. ​What floor​s​ is me is that as I get older, my appreciation​ ​​for ​the Finer Things in life, the art, the culture, the architecture, and in general the Artistry of the European people is simply staggering.

​O​riginally, the coordinators of the Roma ​Guitar Expo​ (wonderful people by the way), ​put me in a beautiful hotel in a town called​ Collotino, just outside of Rome proper. As nice as it was, I felt removed from the city of Rome, moving my accommodations on my own the following day to a beautiful and quaint hotel in the center of the city, with the help of my good friend, Nicoló Alessi of the Tuning Machines fame. Good choice. I immediately felt more connected to my environment, from many different angles, personally, culturally, and professionally.

Fontana-di-Trevi

Fontana di Trevi

​A​fter settling into my room and putting my things away,​ I took a ​2 hour​ stroll around the city, checking out the venue location, ​ ​having a chance to see some of the more immediate attractions including the Fontana de Trevi – The Colosseum – The Spanish Plaza and knock me down the Plaza Venezia. These are quite literally “Holy Shit” moments for anyone of normal sanity (which I know is questionable for me personally LOL).

​The Trevi Fountain was on my way to the Expo from hotel, where I was blessed to see it every day for 4 days.

You can not believe the intricacy, the art, the workmanship, the man hours and the vision it must have taken to conceive of and build such wondrous things.  These shots you see are done on the fly with my phone.  Really, not too bad, overall.  So beautiful!

My main goal, of course, was to see and meet the luthiers of Italy that were in attendance to this wonderful Expo, so allow me to move on to this subject and leave you with, if there is a place to visit in your lifetime, Rome has to be one of these important destinations.  The art, the culture and the food (omg!) are amazing.

Plaza Venezia

My arrival to the Expo was greeted with a brief explanation of what was happening, and right into a conference with the many luthiers, other dealers that were invited from the US, England, and Germany, and the coordinators of the event.  I had to speak to everyone, where quite frankly, I was unprepared.  But, I managed through it, keeping it short and sweet, staying very positive (I say this because it occurred to me that I have spent much time with many people over the years who have criticized other dealers, and I shut my gotdam mouth about it), and then, I thought it important to relay to them all that I was a luthier’s dealer, that I have done their work, that I have repaired and restored over a hundred instruments myself (my hobby when I worked on Wall Street).  I then relayed to them my fondest thoughts, that of working with raw wood and applying shellac to that wood after preparation.  This really got their interest, which I was very happy about, and was the point.  No dealer that I’m aware of actually works on guitars, and quite frankly, I wanted them to realize, to know, that this is how I got started.  It had the desired effect.

Meeting each of the luthiers over the next 3 days was so very special for me.  Playing their instruments for myself, listening to the numerous great players who were in attendance play those same guitars, examining the guitars, handling them carefully (unlike most…yikes, this bothers me to no end to see people being disrespectful with someone else’s guitar), and listening carefully to the voice, the expression, the depth, the lyrical nature of the instruments from each builder, one after the other.  I cannot relay to you how apparently important the voice is to these very special luthiers.

Camillo Perrella - Eugenio Ligato - Giacomo Guadagna - Mario Pistella

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

Never mind the artistry of their work, the meticulous attention to detail.  It has convinced me that Italian luteria is going to be a specialty of mine for the foreseeable future.

I would like to mention the names of some of the people I met and all of the luthiers that I met with during this incredible yet short trip (in no particular order): Dealers: Claudio Zangirolami – David Collett – Manuel Luchena and Miles Roberts.  I particularly enjoyed meeting and speaking with these gentlemen as it is rare that I can find them all in one place.

I ended up having dinner the first night with numerous performers including the great Aniello Desiderio and Luigi Attademo – Massimo delle Cese (amazing players all of them) along with Luthier Paolo Coriani – the amazing Lorenzo Frignani – Nicoló Alessi – and I believe one of the sponsors of the Expo, Massimo di Coste – It was an amazing meal made more so by the incredible people I was surrounded by in the most beautiful restaurant.

Nicolo Alessi on the left and Lorenzo Frignani on the right. Claudio is left behind Nicolo and then Luigi Attademo behind him.  You can see Aniello leaning in behind Luigi

Paolo Coriani on the left front and Massimo delle Cese back right.  Marco Maguolo is here as well as Fabio Zontini back left

Luthiers – Toni De Stefano – Paolo Coriani – Enrico Bottelli – Mario Pistella – Matteo Vaghi (along with the beautiful Federica Canta – a wonderfully expressive player) – Danielle Marrabello – Andrea Tacchi – Camillo Perrella – Luigi Locatto – Lucio Antonio Carbone – Roberto de Miranda – Eugenio Ligato – Giacomo Guadagna – Stefano Brescini – Davide Serracini – Lorenzo Lippi – Fabio Zontini – Silvia Zanchi – Rinaldo Vacca – Alessandro Marseglia – Roberto Pozzi – Mirko Migliorini – Michele Della Giustina – Leonardo De Gregorio – Ennio Giovanetti (I love this guy) – Gabriele Lodi – Rinaldo Vacca – Stefano Brescini – Lorenzo Frignani (there are so many great luthiers and he is a standout) and Marco Maguolo along with my good friend, Nicoló Alessi of Alessi Tuning Machines.

The first night was a concert featuring 9 performers playing the Arcimbolda Guitar that was built by 15 luthiers of Italy.  Each played 2 shortish pieces and it was spectacular.

The 2nd night was a concert with Aniello Desiderio – again, a beautiful and engaging performance.  He played the entire concert with a guitar by the great Alessandro Marseglia – this after another long but fruitful day of meeting with various luthiers and playing their guitars.

The 3rd day and night started with me walking some more around Rome, seeing more sights, then getting back to the show at 10AM.  I met with a ton more luthiers, including Gabriele Lodi and Andrea Tacchi, who had given a lecture/dissertation on the great Robert Bouchet the 2nd afternoon.  Very enlightening, clearly showing his knowledge of the great luthiers of Europe, as evidenced by his own great work, very mindful of the Bouchet and Friederich works.  Andrea surprised me at a local Bar down the road for a quick Espresso, while I was sipping on my own coffee and a quick Espresso of my own.  He came up right next to me, thanked me for my kind and very brief words to him at the show (he’s so well-known, I felt it rude to intrude upon him any further other than to thank him for seeing me and what an honor it was just to shake his hand and play his beautiful guitars).  He then wrote the name and phone number of a great collector of fine instruments down for me on a piece of paper (which I’ll never use, again, he said it was okay but I would never be so presumptuous), of which that piece of paper will be framed and put on my office wall.  What a nice man and don’t kid yourself, a phenomenal creator of fine classical guitars.  A very cool moment for me personally, one I’ll not forget.

OK, so let’s talk about the Italian luthier, as a whole and in general.  Musical.  Expressive.  Tonal Palette.  Lyrical.  Power and Projection.  Almost as a collective, these guitars were incredible.  The Hauser-ish guitars with a beautiful internal and expressive voice.  The innovations from some of these men were outright special.  Some of the power of these guitars was really astounding, and yet, keeping with the lyrical nature, where they played so well even softly.  Gotdam, I’ve re-thought my entire philosophy on the classical guitar being around so many great luthiers and guitars.  I didn’t think it was actually possible to marry power and voice in a CG, but here these guys are kicking it out of the park.

I’ve told them all what I tell every luthier that chooses to work with me and my gallery.  On your terms, no contracts, no exclusives, work with me because you want to work with me.  I will never specify your work, as I understand the artist, the builder, where I want you building that which inspires you.  I will never rush you.  I will never tell you how to run your own business. I will never limit you or put minimums on you.  Send me what you love and when you wish to do so.  It is always on their terms.  You have to understand that these men and women, all luthiers, are builders yet artists.  You cannot tell someone anything or specify a damned thing about what they are doing.  Then it becomes work, and who in the hell wants to actually work for a living?  Their inspiration is what drives them, their innovation keeps them awake, their creations are what drive them, and me or anyone else has the nerve to put a limitation of any kind on them?  Seriously, that would just be downright stupid and ignorant, but there you go, it happens all the time.

I am a luthier’s dealer.  I know their work, I’ve done it.  I know the training they have gone through, the apprenticeship of a decade or more.  The European way of artisanship.  This is to be respected, and rightfully so.  I do their work.  I polish, setup and repair/restore these guitars.  From molding splices to taking them apart and putting them together.  No other dealer that I know of does this or has the knowledge.  I know the guitars through and through, from internal to external inspection, neck angles, bracings, innovations, etc.  I am a luthier’s dealer, plain and simple.

Last point, if I did this for money, I’d have stayed on Wall St.  I worked a lot less and got paid WAY more.  This is about art, music, appreciation of the finer things in life, the more delicate issues, the honest and fair representation of good people who are of the same mind.  My goal wasn’t to make the classical guitar the most popular, but to do it better than anyone else in this business.  The art of representing these men and women as artists, and not to exploit them and or take advantage of the market or my clientele.  I have always said it, and I maintain, that if I take care of the luthier and the client, I’ll be just fine in the end.  The good news is that I sleep just fine taking good care of both sides of the guitar.  OK, enough. I’m very passionate about this, so I’ll end the rant right here.  This is why I love these luthiers.  They’ve married, through their hard work and dedication as luthiers and artists equally, the never ending problem of voice/expression and projection/power.  Plain and simple.  Rather incredible as well.  There you have it, my professional thoughts on the whole of it and these most talented people.

So, the first luthier to commit to my gallery is Lucio Antonio Carbone – my notes on his guitars were simple: Bright, clear, powerful and musical.  He has a Hauser replica that he will send to me in a few weeks that requires no CITES paperwork.  If I remember correctly, he works with Ziricote and Pau Ferro for back/sides and they (all of these luthiers) almost always use Italian Alps Spruce from the Fiemme Valley in the Trentino province located in the Dolomites mountain region.

As of March 26th, 2018, numerous luthiers have committed a guitar to the gallery, beginning a long friendship and collaborative effort to bring the finest Italian luthiers here to the gallery.  I will write a list of those luthiers below as I have time to update.

To all the Luthiers that I have spoken with and am in communication with, I am writing up a Spreadsheet of contact, emails sent, addresses, phone #’s, etc so that I can keep everything organized.  My hope is to continue communications this month, to give and get updates from each of you so that we are all aware of where we stand at the moment.  Thank you kindly and as always, big hugs from NY.  Rich

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Mario Pistella & Giacomo Guadagna

Mario Pistella (left) & Giacomo Guadagna – Jean Luc Picard on the right (I’m told I look like him with short hair LOL)

Liutaio Giacomo Guadagna – has indicated that he will have his Venere Gran Concerto classical guitar ready for our gallery in 5 months

Stefano Brescini is resolving his CITES paperwork and will be sending a guitar to the gallery in the coming year.

Roberto de Miranda is sending a guitar to the gallery.

Eugenio Ligato has also committed a guitar to the gallery.  He will be visiting me in early June 2018

Mario Pistella, another great luthier, very engaging, builds a superb guitar with voice, power and character.  He will be coming to the gallery in the next few months.

I wanted to write down for the record, my short thoughts on each luthier I met:

Lorenzo Lippi is an extraordinary builder as well as teacher – his student instruments exceed much of anything else from around the world.  His guitars are a superior catch in a very large arena.  He is a very serious man and what can I say, I like that!  He will be sending a guitar possibly by the end of May 2018?

Roberto de Miranda builds a very elegant guitar in voice and artistry.  Very nice.  He’s a gentle soul and a wonderful man.

Alessandro Marseglia

Alessandro Marseglia

Enrico Bottelli – seriously beautiful and what a man.  He commands presence much like Lorenzo Lippi.  His guitars do the same, beyond lyrical.

Camillo Perrella – a character, I immediately liked him, and his guitars are innovative, very resonant, intimate to loud.  I wrote, “no problem having him here”.  Pretty amazing what he is able to accomplish.  I’ll speak more about this on his own page when he comes to the gallery.

Lorenzo Frignani – another great man, great luthier.  Very soft-spoken, he carries a big guitar LOL – My notes were simple, “Seriously? Wow!”

Luigi Locatto – another wonderful man, you can see his art and dedication in his eyes.  8 years older than me, the man is a true artist, with a specialty of restoring historical instruments that he can recreate seemingly effortlessly.  His expression and coloration coupled with more than adequate power makes him a standout.

Alessandro Marseglia – a superb luthier and great man, he builds a powerful yet sensitive guitar that is wholly expressive.  I wrote that he is a must have in the gallery.

Toni de Stefano –  has committed to the gallery with his TDS Model with EIRW

Paolo Coriani – has also committed to the gallery in the next few months with one of his concert models

I’ll keep writing about all of the people I met, but want to do it when I’m fresh and good to go. I’m a bit tired right now and still have other work to attend.  I’ll be back tomorrow.  Rich

I wanted to start this journal entry, so at least I have something to begin with, where I will add to this over the coming days, with photos of the luthiers, the Expo, more sights, etc.  My best and thank you kindly again, for taking the time to read my thoughts.  Richard  631-335-5447

Arcimbolda Guitar

Arcimbolda Guitar

Aniello Desiderio

Aniello Desiderio

Federica Canta & Luthier Matteo Vaghi

Federica Canta & Luthier Matteo Vaghi

Fabio Zontini

Fabio Zontini

Lorenzo Lippi

Lorenzo Lippi

Roberto de Miranda

Roberto de Miranda

Mirko Migliorini

Mirko Migliorini

Ennio Gionnavetti

Ennio Gionnavetti

Lucio Antonio Carbone

Lucio Antonio Carbone

 

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

March 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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March 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy March everyone!  It gets warm for a few days, and then, WHAM, cold and windy.  I work a lot of late.  The gallery and by default, you, benefit from my overzealous attention to detail.  I’m in the gallery now an average of 10 hours a day, sometimes more.  I’m tired, but happy that we are now, officially (and probably have been for some time) the largest classical guitar gallery in the world with over 260 available instruments, all priced at $2K or higher, the vast majority of them being quality classical guitars by various talented luthiers from all over the world.  I have to say, I’m mighty proud of this and the ability to offer such a widely varied selection of value and guitar to the entire world.  Very proud of this, and yet, can you believe this, I’m not feeling that I’m doing enough?  Now that’s just plain weird when looking from the outside, but maybe, that’s the point.  I always want to be better for you and for the luthiers that choose to work with me.  OK, enough of that…

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.

Things to note coming up.  I’ll be in Rome, Italy at the invitation of the Italian Trade Commission, to attend and speak at the Roma Guitar Expo on March 15, 2019.  I’ll be back in the gallery that Monday, in case you order anything or wish to speak.  I’m making sure that my phone operates while overseas, so no worries.  I’ll also be away at the end of the month, for a very much needed vacation, as I’ve not truly been away in 4+ years (Rome doesn’t count, even though you think it does..it’s work!  Yikes!!).  My journal entry for this amazing trip 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.

Another Sale is going on through March 30th, 2018 –  SALE on Kenny Hill Estudios, where you can take $150 off the total cost.  Use Code “estudio150” to receive $150 OFF the price of any Kenny Hill Estudio in our Inventory – ends December 31st, 2017  – no refunds, no backorders, only current inventory, no exchanges, guitar delivered, in a HSC is $695 – we only have 650 Cedar and 650 Spruces left…hurry hurry!  🙂

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

I have also developed a line of basic but high quality strings under our labelSavage Classical Guitar Strings –  Very affordable, very straightforward nylon strings that anyone can use.  Total pound pressure of 75lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 80lbs (Normal Tension) – 85lbs (High Tension).

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

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

Updates

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

Fernando Mazza 2017 Spruce Pau Ferro

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).
  • 02-24-2018 – A few more guitars showed up with the star being a 2008 Robert Ruck Spruce/Ziricote in superb condition.
  • 03-03-2018 – Gallery is really cranking.  Many guitars have been put in good homes.  More continue to arrive.   2 guitars by Matt Rubendall – a Guitar from Daryl Perry – 2 from Fernando Mazza and the latest Ruck mentioned above.
  • More videos and recording.  A duo is listed below from the Smith-Ventura Duo using a Robert Vincent and a Max Sipe
  • 03-07-2018 – A new Kenny Hill Signature Cedar 650mm arrived, photographed already.
  • 03-19-2018 – Just returned from Rome Italy as a special envoy to the Roma Guitar Expo – it was spectacular in every way.  I’m going to write a separate post for this trip because it was that special.  Photos, luthiers, players, the organizers, the city…all special!
  • 03-26-2018 – A Paulino Bernabe Especial 2013 & a Kenny Hill Signature Spruce 650mm showed up, along with a Paul Weaver from a few years ago (I’m doing a setup and fret level on this guitar).
  • 03-27-2018 – I’ve updated listings for the Gotoh KG-01 Series including photographs.  Also updated a listing for a set of Custom machines from Nicoló Alessi – Silver Leaves (solid silver) with White MOP
  • I’ll be recording most of today, catching up with various guitars that need the recording sessions.  About 10 guitars or so.
  • 03-28-2018 – a 1972 Ramirez 1A in very good condition showed up today.  Evaluation shows us needing a setup, new saddle, nut, fret leveling, etc.  But the sound on this guitar!  Yikes is she a sweetie.  Classic Ramirez 666mm scale length.  Segovia would have loved this guitar.  Listing after the work is done.

New or Expected Guitars

Photography

Recording

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

Video

Luthier Bios

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March 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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March 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy February everyone!  Yikes, how does it keep getting colder?  Stay warm.  I’m in the gallery now an average of 10 hours a day, sometimes more.  I’m tired, but happy that we are now, officially (and probably have been for some time) the largest classical guitar gallery in the world with over 260 available instruments, all priced at $2K or higher, the vast majority of them being quality classical guitars by various talented luthiers from all over the world.  I have to say, I’m mighty proud of this and the ability to offer such a widely varied selection of value and guitar to the entire world.  Very proud of this, and yet, can you believe this, I’m not feeling that I’m doing enough?  Now that’s just plain weird when looking from the outside, but maybe, that’s the point.  I always want to be better for you and for the luthiers that choose to work with me.  OK, enough of that…

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.

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.

Another Sale is going on through March 30th, 2018 –  SALE on Kenny Hill Estudios, where you can take $150 off the total cost.  Use Code “estudio150” to receive $150 OFF the price of any Kenny Hill Estudio in our Inventory – ends December 31st, 2017  – no refunds, no backorders, only current inventory, no exchanges, guitar delivered, in a HSC is $695 – we only have 650 Cedar and 650 Spruces left…hurry hurry!  🙂

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

I have also developed a line of basic but high quality strings under our labelSavage Classical Guitar Strings –  Very affordable, very straightforward nylon strings that anyone can use.  Total pound pressure of 75lbs (Flamenco – Low Tension) – 80lbs (Normal Tension) – 85lbs (High Tension).

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

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

Updates

2003 Rafael Mardones #61 Spruce Maple

2003 Rafael Mardones #61 Spruce Maple

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).
  • 02-24-2018 – A few more guitars showed up with the star being a 2008 Robert Ruck Spruce/Ziricote in superb condition.
  • 03-03-2018 – Gallery is really cranking.  Many guitars have been put in good homes.  More continue to arrive.   2 guitars by Matt Rubendall – a Guitar from Daryl Perry – 2 from Fernando Mazza and the latest Ruck mentioned above.

New or Expected Guitars

Photography

Recording

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

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under March 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar