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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 Marcelo Lopez and a late 1960 Hauser II will arrive at the gallery next week, both in mint condition!

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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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

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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

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2003 Rafael Mardones #61 Spruce Maple

February 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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February 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).
  • 01-21-2019 – Continued working on creating content, video, recordings etc for the site, all while doing various setups and repairs on some great instruments that needed a little TLC.  Very satisfied with everything so far.  New videos are listed toward the bottom of this post.   Enjoy the football!
  • 01-26-2018 – A vintage Richard Bruné Ramirez from 1978 with Cedar/CSA RW just arrived.  Cleaned and polished, frets addressed, she’s a beauty.
    • My work on the 1972 Manouk Papazian is complete and she’s another beauty.  Nice restoration work, new polish on the top, setup the action, etc.  Nice!
  • 01-28-2018 – New video for Steve Connor #307 has been uploaded.  Working on more content today.
  • 02-01-2018 – I confirmed it today that we are the largest gallery in the world catering to the high end classical guitar client.  Really, how cool is that?  Hint, very cool, indeed!
  • I recorded the Hermann Hauser III 1989 Classical Guitar #237 Spruce CSA today.  Finally.  I was reluctant to bring her out, she’s so pristine.  Had fun with the guitar, she’s amazing.
  • 02-02-2018 – Olivier Fanton D’Andon is almost finished with our guitar for the gallery.  He was kind enough to call me today and inform me of its progress.  He is sending photographs of the guitar to this point, where I will post them to a page for the guitar asap.
  • 02-04-2018 – The 1961 Arcangel Fernandez was fully repaired, restored and sold.
  • 02-05-2018 – The  Hermann Hauser III 1989 Classical Guitar #237 Spruce CSA was sold over the weekend
    • An Eastman Archtop Ar910CE from 2007 in almost pristine condition has arrived.  Wow, she’s pretty!
  • 02-07-2018 – New Signatures arriving from Kenny Hill – the Cedar 640 is spoken for but the Spruce 640 will be made available.  Details shortly
  • 02-14-2018 – Yikes, Happy Valentine’s Day!?  A few things going on in the gallery, new guitars from Daryl Perry – Fernando Mazza – Samo Sali (Slovenia) are en route.
  • 02-15-2018 – Daryl Perry’s guitar arrived.  2 new and absolutely stunning guitars were brought to me by the talented Matt Rubendall.  Listings and photos to follow shortly.
  • 02-18-2018 – working on content, recording, video work with Charlie Lederer and Ryan O’Rourke, and of course my own work.  Having a tough time playing the last weekend.  Weird, but I seem to be hesitant, which is odd.  Hopefully, I’m past it.  Updates below in Recording and Video sections.
  • 02-21-2018 – After a great few weeks of late, the hammer had to drop.  Bad couple of days since Tuesday.  Not fun, not nice.  Moving on.  Recording and photos are the focus today.  Matt Rubendall guitars – Daryl Perry – Hill Performance guitars and so on.
  • 02-24-2018 – A few more guitars showed up with the star being a 2008 Robert Ruck Spruce/Ziricote in superb condition.

New or Expected Guitars

Photography

Recording

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

Video

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January 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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January 2018 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy January and 2018.  Happy New Year to everyone.  We just went through a cold snap in early January, where I kid you not, things froze that should not freeze?  It’s getting warmer, so happy on that, but the cold is sitting out there, waiting to pounce.  I can feel it.  Golf is absolutely non-existent and quite frankly, not a lot of fun in such cold….brrrr!

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 January 31st, 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

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

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

Updates

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

  • 12-21-2017 – After almost 2 years of not being able to get Nikco Polish – I finally got in touch with the manufacturer.  Whole big supply coming our way in the next month.  Nice!! – turns out I’m just about caught up on the site and all the guitars that needed to be recorded.  I’ve just been hammering away at it and lo and behold, Rich got something done?  Weird.  Have a great weekend and a Merry Xmas.
  • 12-26-2017 – Hope you all had a great holiday!  Recordings and following up on various issues at the gallery.  Going home early!  Nice.
  • 12-29-2017 – a Ramirez 1A from 1980 showed up.  A little tweaking of the setup and we should be good to go.  Very nice guitar.
  • 01-12-2018 – OK then, have not written in 2 weeks.  I’ve been busy with other issues related to the gallery, and doing some video work of my own, to facilitate the video content, not because I believe I’m a great player.  I work on guitars, not playing them, so believe me, I know my own limitations.  It’s not like it was 30 years ago where I practiced 4-8 hours a day.  Hehe, not even close.
  • 01-18-2018 – Manouk Papazian from 1972 is good to go.  She looks darned good and is setup like a dream.  We’re working a 1980 Ramirez 1A for setup issues.  Nice guitar, but needs help.  Someone actually made it too low?  hehe, funny.
  • 01-19-2018 – I continue to work here in the gallery doing various setups, video work, audio work, etc.  It’s fun, starting to play better (still not good), but it’s getting there.
    • 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).
  • 01-21-2019 – Continued working on creating content, video, recordings etc for the site, all while doing various setups and repairs on some great instruments that needed a little TLC.  Very satisfied with everything so far.  New videos are listed toward the bottom of this post.   Enjoy the football!
  • 01-26-2018 – A vintage Richard Bruné Ramirez from 1978 with Cedar/CSA RW just arrived.  Cleaned and polished, frets addressed, she’s a beauty.  My work on the 1972 Manouk Papazian is complete and she’s another beauty.  Nice restoration work, new polish on the top, setup the action, etc.  Nice!
  • 01-28-2018 – New video for Steve Connor #307 has been uploaded.  Working on more content today.

New or Expected Guitars

Photography

Recording

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

Video

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December 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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December 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy December and a very early Happy Holidays to everyone.  btw, I do say Merry Xmas – Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year to everyone, so let’s get over that (why is that an issue?).  It’s getting even colder.  Golf is almost non-existent and quite frankly, not a lot of fun in such cold….brrrr!

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.

XMAS Sale where I’ve earmarked 73 guitars (whether on sale or not) an additional 10% OFF using code “XMAS2017” – 10% off anything in the cart over $1500 with ZERO limits.  Take advantage of this thru December 31st, 2017.  See Category Xmas2017 for the list of great guitars that are on Deep Discount.  Thanks and happy holidays.  Rich 631-335-5447

Another Sale is going on through December 31st, 2017 –  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 of 10%+ further on the listed price – Use Code “SCG10” – easy peasy.

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

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

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

Updates

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

  • 11-18-2017 – Staying busy, guitars in and out, photos, recording, updates.  Trying to fix the website, lightshow (photos not scrolling on the guitar pages), home page slider is not, er…sliding?  Things are a bit out of control on the site, but I’m working on addressing it.
  • 11-22-2017 – Fixed all the website issues, including the front page slider and very importantly, (say YAY), the photos on the guitar pages.  Slideshow is working there, buttons (arrows) for scrolling and importantly, the blow up button on the top right is working again.  So happy,  as in Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy with your family.  You all have my thanks for supporting our wonderful gallery and shop.  Thank you all most kindly.  Richard F. Sayage
  • 11-30-2017 – End of the month!  Yikes!!  Time flies when you’re screwing up, no?  Updates to the site, updated videos and recordings as well.  See updates below.  Talk in December!
  • 12-02-2017 – building up a massive studio, and the 2 sets of JBL Highs Lows and Mids arrived.  They are bigger than your car.  I do not kid.  Humongous is the right word.  On guitars, an amazing Traphagen DT Cedar arrived, as well as an uber powerful Contreras.  Daryl Perry is finishing a guitar for us, Spruce/CSA #221.  Some other really cool stuff happening in the background.  Concert on December 9th, 2017 for Brendan McGlone will be held here in the gallery.  See the Legato Foundation for ticket information and donations to the cause of live classical music staying alive on Long Island.
  • 12-04-2017 – James Lister of the UK is sending us Classical Guitar #104.  Should be here shortly.
  • 12-08-2017 – Brendan McGlone is performing here in the gallery tomorrow, Saturday, the 9th of December at 7:00PM  – please come and enjoy a beautiful recital.
  • 12-08-2017 – A few guitars arrived, including a Tom Blackshear from 2016, a Kenny Hill Signature from 2013 (wow, this is a nice guitar), a Paulino Bernabe Concierto from 202 and a Rosada guitar from Puerto Rico.  Beautiful guitars.
  • 12-12-2007 – James Lister arrived – nice guitar – recordings are going up one after the other.  Almost all caught up.  50+ guitars to record and demo…as in …. YIKES!!
  • 12-15-2017 – Updates to the site, keeping things current, recording, measuring, etc.  Fun!?
  • 12-18-2017 – A pre-owned Hill Performance Cedar came in that blew me away.  Nice guitar.  Then, a Rafael Mardones from Chile showed up, Spruce Maple, that I couldn’t believe the sound on.  Such incredible power.  Very nice.
  • 12-20-2017  – Focused on cleaning up the site, recording, and advertising across the web.  Happy Holidays, might not be writing until after Xmas.  Rich
  • 12-21-2017 – After almost 2 years of not being able to get Nikco Polish – I finally got in touch with the manufacturer.  Whole big supply coming our way in the next month.  Nice!! – turns out I’m just about caught up on the site and all the guitars that needed to be recorded.  I’ve just been hammering away at it and lo and behold, Rich got something done?  Weird.  Have a great weekend and a Merry Xmas.
  • 12-26-2017 – Hope you all had a great holiday!  Recordings and following up on various issues at the gallery.  Going home early!  Nice.
  • 12-29-2017 – a Ramirez 1A from 1980 showed up.  A little tweaking of the setup and we should be good to go.  Very nice guitar.

New or Expected Guitars

Photography

Recording

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Max Sipe #60 Spruce Honduran Rosewood

November 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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November 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy November and early Thanksgiving to everyone.  It’s getting colder.  Golf is less frequent, and much more frigid….brrrr!

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 December 31st, 2017 –  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 of 10%+ further on the listed price – Use Code “SCG10” – easy peasy.

Last sale is the big one – Turkey Sale 2017  –  “turkey2017” is the code for 10% off the price (sale price or otherwise) any guitar in the Turkey2017 category, of which there at least 80 guitars.  These are great guitars that have been ignored (it happens) and need a new home.  Use the above code and you’re good to go right thru the last day of November.

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

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

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

Updates

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

  • 10-23-2017 – Another photo session, Hill Fingerstyles and Adalid 9CB – 11 and Model 12 and our Savage Classical Guitar Models 05 and Model 10 in Spruce and Cedar both.
  • 10-25-2017 – Another photo session, a lot of clients, some new luthier discussions including the likes of James Lister of England.  A new guitar from Ashley Sanders of Australia is en route.  Busy day.  Here in the gallery working since 8AM and it’s now 7:15PM?  Yikes, I need a life.
  • 10-27-2017 – Gallery cleanup and some photography, including an Arcangel Fernandez Flamenco from 1961 – Matt Rubendall Romantic guitar and a Hippner Santos Flamenco
  • 10-28-2017 – Sort of taking the day off, but still in the gallery?  Weird, huh?  Recording, social media, YouTube updates, etc.  Light day for me.  Recorded Darren Hippner #874 Diamond Port Orford Cedar Malaysian BW – nice guitar
  • 11-01-2017 – Ashley Sanders is sending classical guitar #65 a Cedar Walnut – arrived, she’s so pretty
  • 11-02-2017 – Jochen Rothel 2014 Spruce EIRW has arrived
  • 11-04-2017 – a German Vasquez Rubio Hauser in a 650mm scale Spruce/African Blackwood is scheduled to arrive next week
  • 11-07-2017 – Hermann Hauser III #237 in superb condition has arrived
  • 11-08-2017 – A busy day in the gallery, including looking for new real estate for the gallery, and some recording with a Cervantes Fleta and Steve Porter #31
  • 11-09-2017 – Busy day and a massive photo shoot, including Mikhail Robert Spruce Maple and Hermann Hauser #237 among many others.
  • 11-14-2017 – A new guitar by Dake Traphagen 2017 Cedar Double Top (all wood, no Nomex) with East Indian Rosewood called Cerridwen (he names his guitars, which I like).
  • 11-18-2017 – Staying busy, guitars in and out, photos, recording, updates.  Trying to fix the website, lightshow (photos not scrolling on the guitar pages), home page slider is not, er…sliding?  Things are a bit out of control on the site, but I’m working on addressing it.
  • 11-22-2017 – Fixed all the website issues, including the front page slider and very importantly, (say YAY), the photos on the guitar pages.  Slideshow is working there, buttons (arrows) for scrolling and importantly, the blow up button on the top right is working again.  So happy,  as in Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy with your family.  You all have my thanks for supporting our wonderful gallery and shop.  Thank you all most kindly.  Richard F. Sayage
  • 11-30-2017 – End of the month!  Yikes!!  Time flies when you’re screwing up, no?  Updates to the site, updated videos and recordings as well.  See updates below.  Talk in December!

New or Expected Guitars

Photography

Recording

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

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under November 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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October 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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October 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy October and early Halloween (one of my favorite holidays) to everyone.  End of the Summer?  As much as I would not like for it to not be so, when you wake up in NY and it’s 43 degrees, uh, yeah, it’s the end.  Crap.  I love to golf, fish, be near the beach and sand, etc.  Golfing with longer sleeves, jackets, hoods, say what??  LOL  All I can say is have fun and I truly hope you’re enjoying yourself as well.  October 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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.

Fall Sale 2017 – I have too many guitars and some really need to go.  10% OFF in addition to any sale price on the site of “Select Guitars” of which there are about 80 to choose from on the site.  Use Code “fall2017” to receive an additional 10% off your entire cart, no restrictions whatsoever.  Nice!

Another Sale is going on through October 31st, 2017 –  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 October 31, 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!  🙂

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

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

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

Updates

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

  • 09-30-2017 – Apologies for not writing the last 2 weeks.  I’ve been very busy, distracted and well, writing much of anything has taken a back seat to more pressing issues.  New guitars continue to filter into the gallery, Kenny Hill Signatures, Robert Vincent, Richard Prenkert, Darren Hippner (la Rosa), John Price, etc.  Such amazing guitars.  I am blessed to have such an array of guitars to showcase for my clientele.  Social media has taken a back stage pass, as well as my newsletters.  As the winter approaches, I’ll get back to all of this.  I need more staff, book keeper, social media, and help in the gallery.  Trying to hire, but people don’t seem to want to work?  Weird.  Also, got to recording finally.  34 guitars behind, if you can believe that.  I can’t, but I believe it illustrates the constant flow of guitars.
  • I’ve also brought in the latest Gotoh machines, which are exquisite.  KG-01 CA models in Carbon Silver and Carbon Gold  both with Black MOP and White MOP buttons.  They are gorgeous.
  • Sidenote.  A gent brought me 4 new Ramirez guitars, all 1A, Classical and Flamenco.  They were all built within the last 2 years, with heady price tags.  I was looking forward to seeing them.  I did and I played them all, extensively.  Huh!  What has happened?  Allow me to simply say, I did not want them in my gallery.
  • 10-02-2017 – so, I’m perusing my own site, checking links, and darnit, many broken pages due to the Luthiers A-Z page and the same list on the home page.  I’ve spent the entire morning fixing both, so now no more “404” errors.  Quite embarrassing, but I’ll get over it.  It’s fixed and I personally checked every link.  Nice and done!  See, it just goes to show, I have control issues, and this is why.  I leave it to someone else, it’s broken, and only I seem to care.  I’m over it, regarding my control issues, and hey, it works better for all of you (and me too).  Ha!
  • 10-06-2017 – recording will begin in earnest starting today.  Already got to the last Anniversario from 2013 and Dieter Hopf Gran Concierto from 2012 – more guitars are arriving in the next week.  Yikes!
  • 10-07-2016 – A visit with Cary Pedicini of Australia brought us a beautiful Spruce and Australian Blackwood guitar built in the traditional manner.  Beautiful is the word.
  • 10-08-2017 – My first legitimate “day off” in I don’t know how long.  I slept, watched football, ate, slept more, watched a movie, watched more football, then my wife made a tortellini soup that was out of this world.  No work, no golf, nothing?  Weird, maybe necessary, but I have to say, though I didn’t care for it much, I feel very refreshed.  Nice.
  • 10-9-2017 – So, perusing the site, I see that certain products that have “variations” such as an Esteve 7 C/B in Spruce or Cedar are showing up as “Out of Stock”?  Very nice?  Not so much.  So, instead of trying to fix a problem that, quite frankly, I couldn’t stand (variations), I’ll be working on creating separate listings for everything.  In the meantime, if it shows out of stock, try adding it to the CART before walking away (I know, it sucks), but if it adds to CART, we have it.  I have most everything so no worries, or call me to verify.  Best, Rich 631-335-5447
  • 10-10-2017 – see our posted sale for Fall 2017 – using code “fall2017” to receive an additional 10% off your entire cart for select guitars, of which there are about 80 to choose from on the site.
  • 10-11-2017 – spent some more time on the site, updating sliders in the front for our various sales and highlighted luthiers, updating inventory, photos, listings, etc.  Ack…but the site is better for it all.  The guitar by Cary Pedicini is wonderful.  A new Urbano model from Robert Vincent is en route, Torres body, homage, but not a Torres to the letter.  This is a nice guitar, especially for the player with smaller hands.  New Hill Guitars are en route, including some Fingerstyle 640mm w/48mm nut widths, Spruce and Cedar, along with some Player inventory to flesh out our existing stock.
  • 10-12-2017 – I’ve developed classical guitar strings under our name, Savage Classical Guitar.  Simple, inexpensive, straightforward nylon strings, in a Low Tension, Normal and High.  Very accessible and very precise.  Which is nice!  🙂
  • 10-13-2017 – An Angel Benito Aguado from 2009 came to the shop today, in excellent condition.
  • 10-14-2017 – Ken Meyers will be visiting us this coming Friday for another recording and video session!  Excellent!!
  • 10-16-2017 – A guitar by Jason Wolverton just arrived (eye candy) and a Richard Howell (a beast of a guitar), both in excellent condition.  Listings asap.
  • 10-17-2016 – Photo session today (by myself…I’m so lonely) and tightening up the web site/admin work.  Oh right, very nice!
  • 10-22-2017 – A Matt Rubendall Romantic guitar is en route as well as a Hippner Flamenco with PegHeds.   Kenny Hill Player Fingerstyle guitars are here as well.
  • 10-23-2017 – Another photo session, Hill Fingerstyles and Adalid 9CB – 11 and Model 12 and our Savage Classical Guitar Models 05 and Model 10 in Spruce and Cedar both.
  • 10-25-2017 – Another photo session, a lot of clients, some new luthier discussions including the likes of James Lister of England.  A new guitar from Ashley Sanders of Australia is en route.  Busy day.  Here in the gallery working since 8AM and it’s now 7:15PM?  Yikes, I need a life.
  • 10-27-2017 – Gallery cleanup and some photography, including an Arcangel Fernandez Flamenco from 1961 – Matt Rubendall Romantic guitar and a Hippner Santos Flamenco
  • 10-28-2017 – Sort of taking the day off, but still in the gallery?  Weird, huh?  Recording, social media, YouTube updates, etc.  Light day for me.  Recorded Darren Hippner #874 Diamond Port Orford Cedar Malaysian BW – nice guitar

New or Expected Guitars

Photography

Recording

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

Video

Luthier Bios

posted under October 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar