1968 Manouk Papazian Spruce CSA


Apparently from his Golden Age of builds, Manouk tiled his name into the rosette

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1968 Manouk Papazian Spruce CSA

Model 1968 Manouk Papazian Spruce CSA
Condition Very Good at around 75%
Scale  650mm
Finish  French Polish
Tuners  Original Machines – MOP – possibly Fustero?
Case  Humicase Protege (see photos).  An upgrade is available at additional cost.  Please inquire.

Tone Woods

Top German Spruce
Sides/Back CSA Rosewood
Ports no
Neck Spanish Mahogany
Bridge CSA Rosewood
Head Plate CSA Rosewood
Fingerboard Ebony
Binding & Rosette Various woods, dyed, etc – his name is tiled in mosaic in the rosette


Nut Width  51mm
String Spacing  44mm – 51mm – 58mm at 1st fret – 12th fret – saddle
Overall length  38 5/8″
Body length  19″
Upper bout width  10 3/4″
Lower bout width  14 1/4″
Waist width  9 1/8″
Body depths  3 /8″ & 3 3/4″
Guitar Weight  3lb. & 5 oz.
Action  3.8mm to 3.4mm Low E to High E
CITES  Eligible due to pre-convention. $200 fee to process

1968 Manouk Papazian Spruce CSA


This 1968 Classical Guitar by Manouk is super sweet,  Her play is soft and easy, her sound is sweet and musical, as most of his guitars evidence throughout the years.  The CSA is almost pin straight (old school, nice!).  The Bear Claw Spruce is magnificent.  Clearly, Manouk chose superior woods for his This has to be one of his nicest instruments that have come across my bench.

I received this guitar a few months ago, realizing that poor repairs were done on her.  I’ve remedied all of that, with proper cleating, sealing and refinishing of the top.  She came out really well.  You can feel nothing.  I felt it best to leave some of the scratches and play wear alone, top and back, as it wasn’t worth changing the overall character of the top, with his original finsih.  The back and sides were refreshed, without changing much of anything.  The guitar is in very good condition as a result.  I’ve taken numerous photos to illustrate, the repaired crack, as well as the dings and such in and around the top and the back.

I set her up to play, yet not with any difficulty.  I’ll post the action when I update the measurements.  Intonation is excellent.

I played her this late afternoon, finally.  She was quiet at first, unresponsive, and then it hit.  The voice was very clear, articulate.  The blend of the mids, very piercing, with the basses that bloomed was impressive.  I played her for an hour as my warm-up, finding myself with a big smile as I walked to the case.

His guitars have sold for $5-6K in very good condition, especially those with his name tiled in the rosette.



Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is highly recommended including EQ manipulation, if possible. We record everything flat with just a touch of Reverb to relieve dryness. My goal is to record the guitar as realistically as is possible. I speak in the recordings, my thoughts about the guitar (and possibly other things?).  My speaking also serves to give you my first impressions and to also give you a balance of the engineering (or lack thereof) versus the sound of the guitar.  I simply do not have time to engineer much of anything.  Thanks. Rich

MP3 Audio – 180610-1968 Manouk Papazian Spruce CSA – superbly setup, plays with little effort.  The setup has allowed the guitar to ring true and powerfully.  Couple that with the expected sing of the trebles and the overall balance expected from a Papazian and you have classical guitar perfection.  Great guitar.

My Solo Book of sheet music is available here if you’re interested.

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



Premium Single Arch Top or Double Arch HSC is included in your purchase price.
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Packaging is professionally done within its hard-shell case.
It is always preferred that you come to the Studio to play it and pick it up.


New classical guitars carry either a 1 year warranty or a limited lifetime warranty.

The guitar listing will state this clearly.

Pre-Owned and Vintage Guitars carry no warranty.  This is Pre-Owned and repaired/restored by Savage Classical Guitar

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Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 45 × 18 × 8 in