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March 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW

March 2019 Blog Updates Savage Classical Guitar

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1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW

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 disregard. Weird?  Same with the data for the guitar.  Action, weight, CITES eligibility, etc.

Of late I’m getting some questions about me and my style of doing things. I like that. I know I’m separating from every other dealer out there by being very black and white about my business philosophy, the information and details about guitars, my zero tolerance for bullshit in the business, (and we all know there is a ton of that out there), basically, there are few experts out there that can talk guitar, I mean really talk these little babies that we love so much, the classical guitar.

Are you getting your questions answered in a polite yet expert fashion? No, then move on. Are you questions getting answered at all? No, then let’s move on. Are your emails being responded to in a timely and professional manner (or your phone calls)? No, then hells yeah, let’s move on. Call or write to me. You’ll immediately feel the difference. You’ll know what it’s like to “finally” talk to a guy that has your interest and the interest of the guitar at heart. It’s much like my sales approach, of which I have none. I listen, I have zero prejudice in terms of consigned or owned guitars, I put guitars in your hands, you make your choices, you make the final decision, I almost and literally have much of nothing to do with your decision making process. I’ll play it for you. I’ll talk to you about what you want or how much you wish to spend, but in the end, you have made your decision without any influence from me. Can we discuss the technicals of a guitar, hells yes, the more the better. How to care for it, how to maintain it, how to address possible and future problems, can we fix it, set it up, repair it, polish it, whatever you need later? I’ll say it again, hell yeah! That’s what an expert is in this business. I tolerate zero pretenders, and they are all pretenders, whether they want to hear it or not. Put them to the test. Get back to me when you hang up the phone in disgust. There, I’m done!

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

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

We have over 185 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 2018 trip to Rome begins here.

My main focus this month is to do a ton of recording and video work, getting the site up to speed, again. Apparently, my photography has been suffering, thus my improvement process. I’ve brought in a ton of Duvetyne to create a black box, removing glare and reflections. I am building a custom system for the draping from the ceiling, basically a 3 wall black backdrop system, being able to remove it at a moment’s notice. Photography process has been helped by the great Bob Desmond, who assisted me with critical assessment and technical guidance on better technique. Very helpful, and he was absolutely correct. I just finished the work this past Friday with the help of Ryan O’Rourke. The process of dropping everything and getting it out of the way takes about 3 minutes now! Ingenious idea, while I’m grateful to Randy out of the Bay Shore Home Depot who helped me to flesh out my original idea for the process.

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

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

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

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

Gotoh machines are fully stocked as well.

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

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

As always, our selection of quality classical guitars is unprecedented.  Really really.  See list below.  Yikes!!   I personally approve every guitar that comes across my threshold.  If a guitar is not up to standard, it is sent back.  I’m also the dealer luthier, able to assess, fix, repair, polish and setup a guitar so that it presents its best self to you.

I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to my shop, appreciating the wide selection, where I trust and hope that you will find your perfect guitar.  Enjoy.

Updates

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).

Of course, sadly, Tony passed away a few weeks ago, mid-February 2019. My business honors his memory and my upcoming Book of Sketches will be dedicated to him.

  • I updated the Classical Guitar Care page to reflect some further thoughts, as I’m getting some feedback about neck shrinkage, causing those sticky frets at the end.  Yikes.  Humidity is important.  The guitar (your guitars) need to be at and around 50% RH …. all…the….time!  One bad day makes a difference.  I work hard to keep the gallery at 50% RH.  The latest is the Vornado EVap 4 gallon version.  What a good machine (so far).  Good enough, I ordered another machine, with a year supply of wicks for it.  Great machine.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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. I will be restoring this guitar to almost pristine condition as the seller regrettably forgot to state the condition of the guitar to a precise nature. Structurally fine, it simply has so much honest play wear on the top and back, it seems logical to bring her back to her original glory. Photos continue to be improved as I’ve updated another 10 or so guitars with portrait shots. My list has expanded to over 110 guitars! Holy color film, Batman!!
  • 03-01-2019 – My photography process, though improved, really started to piss me off. Reflection and glare of some kind is getting through, so, being a solution guy and not a complain my ass of guy, I came up with something. 3 hours in Home Depot, fitting numerous things together, allowed me to devise and rollup and rolldown system, using Duvetyne and Black Vinyl to create a 3 wall black box. I have to experiment with the black backdrop, seeing how “black” it really is, but I believe it will work to my level of satisfaction. All to say that photography is going to look mighty different in the upcoming week. Better? I freakin’ hope so (as in it better be better, otherwise we is going to have one pissed off guitar dealer). LOL Rich
  • 03-03-2019 – I’ve agreed to represent Vicente Carrillo of Spain, bringing in his Gabriele I & II models to the gallery.
  • 03-04-2019 – A 1997 Paul Jacobson Spruce EIRW is en route to the gallery.
  • 03-07-2019 – Quiet of late, as I’ve been busy building and rearranging the gallery to accommodate better photography and quite frankly, more guitars. We are growing bigger still, regardless of my efforts to control stock…LOL…good luck, Rich! Photos will look different from here forward, deep rich black backgrounds, and staging with, I hope, ZERO reflections. Worked my ass off on this new design, which, in essence, is a 100 sq. ft. black box that disappears in a minute from the gallery floor. Also added a new Canon 6D with high end 50mm portrait lens and a 70-300mm zoom lens.
  • 03-08-2019 – Kevin Aram of England is building us a Torres model for which he is extremely well known, of Spruce and New Guinea Ebony. Should be fabulous, as Kevin’s work is always among the best.
  • 03-12-2019 – Larry Breslin is sending us a gorgeous Redwood & EIRW guitar
  • 03-16-2019 – Writing has been slow as I refine the photo process. Just about there as can be seen in some of the newer photographs and portraits of guitars. These are not touched up either. The new camera gives a rich and realistic view of the guitar, the black background is eating up much of the bad light, mission almost accomplished. All in the process of being the best in the world at what I do, this is just part of it all.
  • 03-18-2019 – Continuing the work on photography, it’s getting there. Started playing again, so we can expect recordings to start up again.
  • 03-19-2019 – An Ashley Sanders is en route with Cedar / Ziricote – looks gorgeous!
  • Mark Usherovich is working on finishing a guitar for us. Really looking forward to this.
  • 03-22-2019 – A 2019 Lorenzo Frignani with CITES certified wood has arrived. Very nice!
  • 03-23-2019 – 2 John Price guitars have arrived, 1 Cedar & 1 Spruce, very pretty guitars with a great sound.

New or Expected Guitars

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

Recordings

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

Video

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

Luthier Bios

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

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