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Maxwell Sipe Classical Guitar #54 2017 Cedar Myrtle

July 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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July 2017 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

Happy July 2017.  We have quite a bit of action going on here, with numerous guitars en route, Gotoh machines re-stocked, as well as Alessi Machines.

Sidenote – – I have 255 Concert Classical Guitars in stock?!  Yikes!!  See list below and crikey, there are more coming?  This is amazing to me and oh so very cool.

Guitars from Darren Hippner – Alejandro Cervantes – Fritz Ober – Kolya Panhuyzen – Enrico Bottelli – Gernot Wagner – John Price – Ramirez – Contreras – Dieter Hopf – Tom Malapanis – Rich DiCarlo – Juan Hernandez – Richard Prenkert – Alejandro Cervantes – Max Sipe – Michael Cadiz – Sakurai Kohno – Pete Barthell – Jose Ramirez – Luciano Maggi – Fernando Mazza – Marcus Dominelli – Jason Wolverton – Tom Blackshear – Seth Miller – Kevin Aram – Jeremy Cooper – ok, I’m done

We have also arranged 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.

Additionally – Use Code “summer2017” for 10% OFF Select Guitars from our Extensive Inventory!  ends August 31, 2017 – I’ve counted 80 guitars as listed under Summer2017 – check it out.

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


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 – Rich DiCarlo – Juan Hernandez – and many guitars from Manuel Adalid as well as his Esteve line (which I’ve already represented).

I was NOT able to attend the GFA this year in California.  There is simply too much work to be done here in the gallery, with the buyout of Luthiers in NYC.  My apologies to anyone who was expecting me.

I was looking forward to it, but in the end, I have to be responsible to my clients and the gallery.  Thank you kindly for your understanding.  Rich Sayage

  • 07-01-2017 – I have over 255 concert instruments available that live here in the gallery.  Come and visit.  It’s awesome here!
  • Seth Miller is in the house
  • Richard Prenkert #390 Cedar Madagascar is here
  • Kevin Aram Julian Bream model arrived today.  Beautiful guitar!
  • a pristine Sakurai Kohno Professional – J just arrived
    • Max Sipe is sending me a Cedar Myrtle guitar.  I love his work.
    • An Adalid Alboraya Custom Torres is en route from Manuel’s home workshop.  This guitar is extraordinary.
    • A ton of recording, and a whole mess of videos are being uploaded to their respective guitars.   You can see the lists below under Video and Recordings
  • More administration of the website and the gallery, as we have now surpassed 253 concert instruments available.  Are you kidding me?
    • Measurements for a number of guitars, including weights, notes on the guitars, polishing and string changes were done all morning.
    • I’m now going to sit and record for an hour or so, catching up on the 37 guitars that remain to be recorded!
    • Six new listings were created today
  • 07-05-2017 – Unusual in that I took 2 days off in the last 3 days, Sunday and Tuesday.  Does a body good.  Tanned and happy.
    • All measurement of every guitar are completed as of today.  I’m also chipping away at the recording list.  Video is being produced for gents such as Peter Argondizza – Hunter Somogie – and Aaron Benowitz – I’ll update as they come to life.
  • 07-07-2017 – recording continues, ad creation for various magazines and overall administration.  Waiting on a Juan Gonzales Cedar (with full CITES) and a few other guitars as yet held back.  Contemplating a Summer Sale of 10% off any given guitar. Use Code “summer2017” for 10% OFF Select Guitars from our Extensive Inventory!  ends August 31, 2017 – I’ve counted 80 guitars as listed under Summer2017 – check it out.
  • 07-12-2017 – An Arcangel Fernandez from 1961 might be en route.
  • A little slow here, as summer time is usually that way, (can’t begrudge people enjoying the outdoors, I’m doing it too), so we have spent some time and money on certain improvements to the gallery.  More on that later.
  • So, I’m losing a ton of weight, reading, playing golf, practicing my guitar, things are good, and wham…corneal infection as the result of a bad contact lens.  Now I can’t see out of my right eye, the one that was injured retinally 2 years ago, and I can’t play golf (at least not well).  OMG, this is a WTF moment, if ever.  Not one to go, “woe is me”, I’m out there every day for the last 2 days, struggling to see, play, etc.  It’s a hard game to begin with, try losing the sight in one eye and playing at a high level?  Yikes!!
  • 07-14-2017 – We’re going to run another 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 August 31, 2017 – no refunds, no backorders, only current inventory, no exchanges, guitar delivered, in a HSC is $695
  • 07-26-2017 – Quite a bit of work going on in the background, including a search for new real estate.  I’m not happy renting, so I’m buying a building or a piece of land and building my own custom structure. Nice!
  • A few guitars have arrived, including a 1986 Richard Bruné Concert Model – Steve Porter Concert Guitar #31 – Tim McCoy #58 (new) from 2014 – Alejandro Cervantes Signature Fleta Classical Guitar #427 Cedar Cocobolo – Adalid Alboraya Torres Especial 2016 Spruce Madagascar – Maxwell Sipe Classical Guitar #54 2017 Cedar Myrtle
  • 07-29-2017 – All guitars to date have been measured, weighed and all info updated.  I’m still WAY behind on recording, but I’m going to bang them out starting today.
  • A Philip Woodfield is coming to the gallery today.  A few others as well, over the next few days, but I’m scatter-brained right now.  Can’t remember nothing if I don’t write it down.  Absent-minded professor syndrome (AMPS, nice!  I like it, except for the AMPS itself?)

New or Expected Guitars

  • Steve Connor 650mm Spruce w/Madagascar RW – within 6-7 months?
  • 2017 Seth Miller Spruce with Oregon Myrtle – very pretty
  • Tom Malapanis 2014 Cedar with EIRW  – powerful guitar
  • Gernot Wagner 1993 Spruce Maple – again very powerful and very pretty
  • Rich DiCarlo 2016 Cedar
  • Rich DiCarlo 2016 Spruce
  • John Price Cedar and CSA
  • Dieter Hopf Gran Concierto 2012
  • Dieter Hopf (Professional)
  • Dieter  Hopf (Super Classic)
  • Juan Hernandez Romance
  • 1961 Ramirez Blanca stamped FM
  • 2016 Luciano Maggi Lattice – gorgeous
  • Various Flamenco guitars from Esteve/Manuel Adalid
  • Esteve 3ST58
  • Esteve 3ST63
  • Esteve 3ST64
  • Esteve 4ST
  • Esteve 7C/B
  • Esteve 7SR
  • Esteve 9C/B
  • Adalid 11
  • Adalid 12
  • Adalid Anniversarios
  • Adalid Lattice Models
  • Adalid Torres
  • Adalid Hauser
  • Alboraya Torres Especial
  • Kevin Aram Torres has arrived!  Gorgeous!
  • Luciano Maggi Classical Guitar 2016 Spruce CSA Lattice
  • 2014 GV Rubio – Hauser Elite – 640mm – Spruce Afr. Blackwood
  • 2013 John Ray 650mm – Spruce/Indian Rosewood
  • 2012 Marcus Dominelli 640mm – Cedar/Ziricote
  • 2016 Jason Wolverton – Spruce/Maple
  • Tom Blackshear #321 Reyes Model Spruce/EIRW
  • John Peter Barthell #143 Cedar/EIRW
  • Kenny Hill Performance 640 Cedar/EIRW
  • 2001 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
  • Max Sipe Cedar Myrtle – GFA showcase guitar
  • Richard Prenkert is sending #390 a Cedar/Madagascar RW guitar this week – this is an extraordinary guitar!
  • Adalid Alboraya Torres Especial 2016
  • Juan Miguel Gonzalez is sending a Cedar masterpiece in the next few weeks
  • Richard Bruné #421 Spruce
  • Steve Porter #31 Spruce EIRW
  • Tim McCoy #58 Spruce EIRW
  • Philip Woodfield



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Daryl Perry Classical Guitar #186

Classical Guitar updates October 2014

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Hi Everyone,

Daryl Perry Classical Guitar #186

Daryl Perry
Classical Guitar #186

A slow month in September brings what seems to be much more activity in October.  Beer time and Halloween, cooler golf conditions and the playoffs in baseball.  Good times, baby.  OK, so some cool stuff happening, great guitars coming thru the pipeline to me from gents such as Steve Porter and Tim McCoy – Kenny Hill and Daryl Perry – beautiful instruments.  Lists below.  I’ll update during the course of the month.  Best and call or write any time.  Rich  631-335-5447

Classical Guitar updates October 2014

New Classical Guitars Incoming and/or Expected


Steve Porter Classical Guitar #28 Quantum Model Spruce w/EIRW

Steve Porter Classical Guitar #28
Quantum Model
Spruce w/EIRW


Tim McCoy Classical Guitar #58

Tim McCoy Classical Guitar #58

David Daily Classical Guitar #536 Redwood with EIRW

David Daily Classical Guitar #536
Redwood with EIRW

Robert Ruck Classical Guitar #793 Cedar 2002

Robert Ruck Classical Guitar #793 Cedar 2002

Classical Guitar XMAS – A Sale and Contests

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Classical Guitar by Woodley White

Woodley White Classical Guitar – November 2009

Hi All,

First thing is to say Happy Holidays to all my customers, luthiers and everyone that I do business with as a whole!  Merry Christmas.

So, we have a contest going, where I will pick the winner tomorrow morning.  Updates to follow.  (Note that Tim Tyler from Ohio won the contest, where his guitar is scheduled to be delivered on Xmas Eve…sweet).

I put up a Sale over the weekend, as some may have noticed.

10% OFF our already Discounted or On Sale Classical Guitars – Flamenco Guitars or Acoustic Guitars.

The only limitation here is that the guitar’s price must be $3899 or higher.  So, an Adalid Classical Guitar – Adalid Model goes for $4500, I have it on Sale for around $3900, she qualifies for another 10% off.  Minus another $390 gets you down and around $3500-3550 for the guitar DELIVERED!

Free Shipping to the 50US still applies.

USE Code “XMAS10OFF” – just copy and paste the code into your Checkout Page (you’ll see the box for it when you get there).

My prices are NOT adjusted.  The same price that was there last week is there this week.  (I’m too busy to worry about adjusting prices…I have too many guitars…it would take me forever to adjust the prices anyways).  If anything, I actually lowered a few guitars even further, so this is definitely the time to take advantage.

The sale applies to any guitar over $3899.  So…whatcha waiting for?  Call me, or write, or just buy the guitar you’ve been looking at and couldn’t convince yourself to pull the trigger. Pull baby…pull  LOL

Originally, I had this sale running until December 20, 2013.  But, I didn’t understand that this meant the sale was over December 19th at 11:59.  Nice?  Not.

So, I’ve adjusted it forward 2 days, meaning that this Sale is over December 23, 2013 at 11:59PM.

No rain checks, no back dating, no forward dating it.  This pertains to existing inventory in my stock, in hand, priced at $3899 or higher.  I run a sale like this to move out inventory that might be sitting around.   Take advantage of it.  I won’t be running a sale again for a while.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!



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New Classical Guitars & New Luthiers

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Ashley Sanders June 2012 Spruce Classical Guitar

Ashley Sanders Classical Guitar

Hi All,

So I got to play golf yesterday.  It was fun, it was tiring, I was exhausted when I got home around 3PM.  Out like a light, after some light food and water.  Hurt my shoulder and my left wrist as well.  Po’ baby. Moving on….

Some great emails when I finally checked them last night.  Notably, Daryl Perry, one of the great luthiers of North America, who I met last year at the GFA, asked if I would still like to have one of his guitars in my studio.  ?   I even wrote this to him……let me think…….of course!!!

So, that’s happening and I’m very happy and excited to see his work here.  Time line is still up in the air, he’s busy, but I’ll keep you posted.  He updated me for the build coming Spring of 2014.  I asked (nicely) if he would keep me on his build schedule.  Hopefully he says yes.

New guitars from Kenny Hill, Darren Hippner, Manuel Adalid, Larry Breslin, Douglass Scott, and Ashley Sanders is sending a new Ziricote Guitar to me next week sometime.  I love Ashley’s work.  Very clean, meticulous, always prettier than you might or could expect, and seriously loud and punchy, with an excellent voice.

Robert Desmond (Bob to his friends) is coming for a visit on April 22, bringing 4 guitars with him.  I’ll take at least 2 or 3.  Excited to see what he has in store for us.

On the book side, I’m plowing thru Prelude #12 of the Well Tempered Clavier.  I’m committing to working on these books every day until they’re done.  They have been on my plate for too long and I need them done.  🙂

Updates to follow as the classical guitars come thru.  Best and go do something nice for yourself.  Something that makes you smile.  Enjoy…Rich

Martha and her Angel – Torres F5 Classical Guitar

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Kenny Hill Torres Classical Guitar

Martha and her Angel

One of the most beautiful classical guitars I have ever seen, with a warm silky tone and wondrous voice was sent to me by Mr. Kenny Hill of Hill Guitar Co.  Yes, I said Mr. Kenny Hill, because, holy maple wood, Batman, this guitar deserves some serious respect  LOL

The guitar is his Torres F5 with German Spruce and Quilted Maple #3412, which has a 3D effect when looking at her in warm light.  Gorgeous from voice to appearance.

Martha and I spoke for a bit, wrote back and forth, and a day later this beauty, which she appropriately called “Angel”  was in her hands.  Here’s what she wrote:

Hello Richard,

The guitar just arrived and is beautiful. Can’t believe the voice on her.

Thanks so much for the extra goodies. I do have a question about the Bee’s Wax spray.

Can you fill me in on how to use it? Also are the back and sides french polished? They look like maybe they are.

Kenny Hill Torres F5 Classical Guitar #3412

Kenny Hill Torres F5 Classical Guitar #3412 – Angel

She now has a name. The back and sides remind me of angel wings,and with the beautiful voice she has,her name is ANGEL.


Thanks so very much,


Recording Classical Guitar in the Savage Studio

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Kenny Hill Signature Classical Guitar

Kenny Hill Signature Classical Guitar #3395

Hi All,

Whoo, Spring made an entrance with 70 and 80 degree weather.  I got all geared up to play some golf.  Happy happy….and then some jerky weather from the North part of the country decided to make an entrance and screwed me up.  50mph winds?  Seriously?  When the rain kicked in, I said screw it and decided to work inside today.  So….

I recorded.

Nice.  Got some serious work done.  Manuel Adalid Anniversario #61 and #62Kenny Hill Signatures #3395 and #3408 (3408 isn’t on the site yet…why?…cuz I got a lot o’ sh*t to do).

It’s tax time as well.  This is fun.  It’s like taking little needles and sticking them into the bottom of my feet.  The expenses are the hardest part.  Category after category.  You’d think I’d be good at it by now, but no.  I suck at it and I hates it…hates it I tells ya..lmao

I need a break, so I do music, or I swing a club, or I transcribe some Bach (hear that Chris…yes, indeedy, Chris from Georgia has been hounding me for 2 years to finish my Bach Well Tempered Collection.  Almost there baby  LOL).

So the guitars are recorded and updated.  Also Hill Performance #3388 which is a Spruce 630 but a  7/8 Sized guitar vs. the Torres sized body, which is smaller.  I think Kenny should just call it a 630 Hauser Body, because that’s what it feels like to me, body wise anyways.  Powerful little beast she is…nice.

Also recorded the pre-owned Signature #3004 Spruce Double Top with Lattice Bracing.  All the music files are on the site.

OK, well updates continue.  Recording continues, books continue, and I continue to NOT play golf.  ack….enjoy the weekend.  Rich

Manuel Velazquez Classical Guitar & More

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Hi All,

Richard Bruné with his son Marshall

Richard Bruné with his son Marshall

Exciting news.  Richard Bruné, all round nice guy and luthier extraordinaire from the Chicago area, just finished setting up and maximizing sound and playability on a number of guitars that will be coming my way.

One is a professionally owned, recorded and beloved 1991 Manuel Velazquez with brilliant German Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood.  Used on a number of professionally released recordings, the guitar is out of this world in terms of sound and playability, warmth and clarity.

A Reyes model built by Manuel Adalid using the finest woods is also coming.  Actually 2 of them, one with Cypress, the other with Cedar and Rosewood.

A Hauser model, again, using the finest materials, is en route.  This guitar is not capable of being ordered from Manuel.  It was a special build using his oldest woods.  This guitar will cost almost double what a typical Hauser build would cost from Manuel Adalid.

A new Kenny Hill Signature Cedar with EIRW is en route, along with a few Performance Series guitars to round out the inventory.  I’ll write more about these as they come in to the gallery.

I have a Baroque Guitar coming from Italy, and a few other immensely gorgeous instruments from around the world.  Busy place of late, which is nice, except for my ability to relax and play some golf.  🙂  Best and talk soon.  Rich


Recording and Books and Stuff in General

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Manuel Adalid Lacote Classical Guitar

Manuel Adalid Lacote Classical Guitar

Hi All,

I’ve started the recording process for the numerous Manuel Adalid and Esteve Classical Guitars that came to the studio.  I still have a bunch more to do, but I have the Adalid Torres 650 and the 640 recorded, as well as the Lacote, which was a lot of fun.  I went with an old Renaissance piece called “The Cobbler”, fun and light sounding.  What a gorgeous guitar.  I also have a bunch of other new guitars to record in the next 3 days.  Heck, at least I’m playing again.  LOL

I’ve also begun working on the Well Tempered Clavier Books 1B and 1C again, after finishing up all the rebuilding of the home and the studio.  Nice to get back to the books.  I’m also planning a few Weiss publications and finally my Celtic compilation.

I’m also planning on recording an original CD of my own works, Celtic and acoustic guitar, for a hopeful release of October or November of this year.  I hope I get to this, as I have had numerous requests for an original CD for quite a few years now.

I’ve also listed all the variations of the numerous Gotoh Tuning Machines that came in last week.

A very large order was also placed with Nicolò Alessi of Italy.  He should be able to get his gorgeous tuning machines to me by June/July of this year.

Have a great weekend.  I’m about and around the studio most of the weekend.  I have a family obligation late Saturday, but otherwise, I’m around.  Talk soon…Rich   631-335-5447

Happy Easter So why am I working?

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Manuel Adalid Anniversario Classical Guitar #61 Cedar

Manuel Adalid Anniversario Classical Guitar #61 Cedar

I’ll tell you why.  Because I got a lot of sh*t to take care of gotdammit.  Christ, the photography, editing, watemarking, listing, measuring and updates alone are enough to make me feel old.  I found myself falling asleep at the keyboard last night and this late morning.  2PM and I’m still going.  Just finished the first batch of Adalid classical guitars, Kenny Hill Signatures.  4 cups of coffee and still, I feel like I could sleep.

Now I have to photograph, edit, etc all the Esteve guitars as in 3E 3Z 7SR 7C/B 9C/B (and mind you, they all come in Spruce AND Cedar…yikes!!!!), 2 concert guitars that just came on Friday (an Oribe Suprema Classica and a 1971 Ramirez 1A), and update some older photographs, such as the Gil Carnal – Hill Players – Estudios and whatever else I see as I peruse my site.

I also have updates to several pages as I fill in more of the site with my own personality, which many seem to like?   I laugh at myself alot..I guess people can connect to that.  LOL

So, an MP3 page, personal photo gallery, luthier pages, events, a newsletter for April 2013, updates to a gazillion Gotoh Tuning Machines and variants, and whatever the heck else pops out at me that is deficient on the site.  I could work for 2 weeks straight, and not feel like I’m any closer to being done with any of  it.

Fabrizio Alberico 2007 OM Acoustic Guitar

Fabrizio Alberico 2007 OM Acoustic Guitar


Manuel Adalid Torres Classical Guitar 650mm

Manuel Adalid Torres Classical Guitar 650mm

Oh yeah, did I mention that I have to record all these guitars?  Videos?  Seriously?  Screw this…it’s Easter Sunday.  I’m gonna shower, watch some golf, and hang out with my buddies Johnnie and Jack, Walker Black and Daniels that is….ha…..ha…..oh yeah, I’m losin’ it….hehehehehe  peace…Rich

Kenny Hill Signature Classical Guitar #3004

Kenny Hill Signature Classical Guitar #3004

Manuel Adalid Lacote Classical Guitar

Manuel Adalid Lacote Classical Romantic Guitar

Gotoh Machines – Tuning Machines for Classical Guitar

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Hi All,

classical guitar

Rich Playing…Summer of 2012

I just received a massive shipment of Gotoh Machine Heads or Tuning Machines today.  Listing these are going to be fun, as I have variants of the following machines with various button styles (such as 2M (ivory ovals) – EN (ebony ovals) – EI (Square MOP Faux) – 2W (Oval MOP Faux))

All of the machines are from there sub 35G510 Series, priced more economically.

All machines are 35mm post spacing, EXCEPT for the 40G2000, which are 39mm.

It will take me some time to catalog and list the variations properly, but in the meantime, you can always write or call me and ask any questions or order them directly from me over the phone.  Best…Rich 631-335-5447 – email is [email protected]

  • 35G620
    • 2M
    • EN
  • 40G2000 – 39mm Spacing for older Spanish and Japanese Classical Guitars
    • 2M
    • 2W
    • EN
    • EI
  • 35G1600
    • 2M
    • 2W
    • EN
  • 35G1800
    • 2W
    • EN
  • 35G3600
    • 2M
    • 2W
    • EN