February 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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

Happy 2019 everyone!  Hope you are all well and a Happy New Year to all. No golf, much time in the gallery, until 8-10PM every day.  Site is updated and quite tight.  Recordings are almost up to date, photography, measurements, etc.  I try to leave no detail out, all while photographing other aspects of the guitar that many leave out.  Same with the data for the guitar.  Action, weight, CITES eligibility, etc.

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

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

We have over 175 Concert Level guitars here, and I mean, they live here in my gallery, all filtered by me personally!  Yes sir, we are, without any doubt, the largest gallery in the world catering to a discerning clientele on both sides of the guitar, luthier and player.  Goes to show, taking care of people, I mean, really taking care of them, pays beautiful dividends.  Here’s the scary part…I’ve turned away many guitars in the past few months.  We could easily eclipse 250-300 instruments if I allow it.  It was on my mind, I had to say it out loud.   Thank you to everyone who trusts us with their beautiful guitars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

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


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

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

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).  Good enough, I ordered another machine, with a year supply of wicks for it.  Great machine.
  • 01-28-2019 – Fabio Zontini has arrived! A guitar by Vance Bergeson of Idaho is also in the gallery. Updates shortly
  • 01-31-2019 – I finally got around to writing about an amazing trip I took to Paris with my wife, Valerie (for our wedding anniversary) with the added bonus of visiting with the phenomenal Olivier Fanton d’Andon and then with Benoit Pierron in Lyon.
  • Spent some time setting up new microphones, mic cables and a stereo bar for an X-Y config on the new M60 mics. Got it going and recorded 2 guitars with it. Love it. I’m going to add the Lauten FC-327 and we’ll see what we get in total. Nice!
  • 02-07-2019 – Spending time playing, writing, transcribing new music and some old. New mic setup is phenomenal, very clean, big and round. Working on Rags, Blues for finger style guitars, some new Bach from a Flute Partita, basically, we’re having some fun here in the gallery. Sweet!! LOL
  • 02-08-2019 – A 2011 David Daily has arrived, as well as a Santa Cruz Vintage Artist steel string. A 2003 Jean Noel Rohé is en route along with a Marcelo Lopez Nieto from 1969
  • 02-09-2019 – I just learned that my good friend, Tony Acosta of Luthier’s Music in NYC has passed. I am heartbroken and distraught. I will stay in the gallery all day playing in the dark. I am also dedicating my Book of Sketches Vol.1 (forthcoming) to the great Tony Acosta. You will be sorely missed my friend.
  • 02-12-2019 – Just arrived back from Orlando visiting with my good friend and luthier extraordinaire Bob Desmond. Brought back 2 of his gorgeous guitars with me and a few other special guitars, which I will write about later. Photos today and listings to follow shortly.
  • 02-14-2019 – I’m following the advice of Bob Desmond, besides a phenomenal luthier, a photographer for Disney Orlando for oh, let’s say a few decades! He’s advised me on some basic photography information to help improve the process. Deeper depth of field (I’ve always gone for the shorter depth) and adjustments to other settings accordingly. I’m working it.
  • A 1971 Hauser II Llobet model is in the gallery – a 1978 Daniel Friederich is also here.
  • A 2011 Santa Cruz Vintage Artist built by the owner himself
  • 02-15-2019 – so much photography, so many listings created, I am actually exhausted. I just finished the last 2 for Matteo Vaghi and the Santa Cruz Vintage Artist. I’m busted, I’m going home LOL
  • Ken Whisler from Missouri sent us his latest guitar, beautifully crafted Cedar w/EIRW
  • Spent an hour on the phone with the great Robert Vincent – he’s getting an RX model ready for us and possibly a Lutz Spruce & Maple Urbano by mid-March of this year. He’s awesome!
  • 02-16-2019 – Things are moving along nicely in the gallery. A Felipe Conde Crespo Negra sold and a Dominique Field from 2011 sold in 2 days? How nice. Very happy for the new owners. I’ll be in the gallery all day today recording the 15 or so new guitars that came in this past week. Lot of work, but the best kind…playing and recording awesomely beautiful classical and steel string guitars! Nice!!
  • 00-17-2019 – created pages for Matteo Vaghi – Camillo Perrella – Michele della Giustina – Fabio Zontini – Ken Whisler – Santa Cruz Guitars – gosh darn, it’s a lot of work. Tired boy. I just wanna play, baby! LOL
  • 02-18-2019 – 2018 Camillo Perrella Spruce Ziricote just arrived! Awesome guitar!
  • Spent the day re-shooting the fronts and backs of select guitars, better depth of field, brighter, sharper. Bob Desmond got in my head, gotta give it to him, he was right. Shots look much better…thank you Bob! I’ll be updating more over the coming days.
  • Photos include 2008 Gernot Wagner Cedar DT Madagascar #289
  • 2005 Edmund Blochinger #125 Cedar CSA
  • 1974 Frank Hasselbacher #31 Spruce CSA
  • 2018 Camillo Perrella Spruce Ziricote was recorded today. Numerous guitars are being re-shot with the newer photo setup. All of Ashley Sander’s guitars, the Anders Sterner. I now have a list of 45 guitars where the photography will be re-done, at a minimum. This over the next 2 days. Yikes!!!
  • 02-22-2019 – Photographs being re-shot for 40 or so guitars on the site, front and back, with closeups of front and back as well. We are 30 into the list and I’ll continue this following week as time allows.
  • 02-23-2019 – Recordings today! Ken Whisler and Bob Desmond. Going to Elite Sound Stages in West Babylon NY to do a video session and recordings on Sunday
  • 02-25-2019 – A Jean Noel Rohé just arrived. Photos continue to be improved as I’ve updated another 10 or so guitars with portrait shots

New or Expected Guitars

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


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


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

Luthier Bios

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

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