1972 Manuel Contreras Cedar CSA


Manuel Contreras Sr. Cedar w/CSA dating from 1972

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1972 Manuel Contreras Cedar CSA

Model1972 Manuel Contreras Cedar CSA
Condition Pre-Owned – Very good condition – see description below
Scale662 mm
FinishLacquer – catalyzed
CaseTKL type Double Arched Black HSC – good shape

Tone Woods

TopWestern Red Cedar
Sides/BackCSA RW – old school – straight, dark and ruddy Brazilian Rosewood
NeckSpanish Cedar
BridgeCSA RW


Nut Width52mm
String Spacing45mm – 51.5mm – 58mm at 1st fret – 12th fret – saddle
Overall length39 5/8″
Body length19 1/2″
Upper bout11 1/4″
Lower bout14 3/4″
Waist Width9 3/8″
Body depth4″ &  4 1/4″
Weight3lbs. & 13 oz.
Action4.2mm & 3.6mm low E to high E, 12th unfretted
CITESIneligible – paperwork is not available for this guitar – Please read the Link to the left

1972 Manuel Contreras Cedar CSA


This is a great example of the Contreras workshop, before his double tapa exploratory work.  This is old school MG Contreras, signed, clearly a 1A, more in the style of Ramirez, as Manuel continued his experimental work.

The guitar is very clean, with nominal fingernail marking on the top, in and around the rosette.  The CSA is superb, old school, not highly figured, but straight-ish, with only a slight curve, lending an instant attractiveness to its overall coloration.  The bracing is an unusual, but not for Manuel, 4 fan with sound bars.  This emphasizes a large bass response, but not over-powering the mids or the trebles.

Setup is quite good, tweaked by me, cleaned, polished, frets dressed and shined up, where the guitar plays fast and furious. The guitar was reconditioned, where the back was re-sealed, refinished thinner than originally done, and the top finish was reconditioned as well, thinner again, French Polished, allowing her to be louder and more resonant.  Smallish dents in and around the rosette, nominal and honest play wear.  All rather tiny and hard to see, especially photographically.  I will take quadrant shots of the guitar for your convenience.

Obviously, all first class material used by the Spanish master, the guitar is an excellent example of his work from the early 1970’s.



Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is highly recommended

MP3 Audio – 210616-1972 Manuel Contreras Cedar CSA – solid guitar, easily played.  Ramirez-ish all the way.  Enjoyable to play the guitar.

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1





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Packaging is professionally done within its hard-shell case.
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All concert level guitars come with a standard accessory package including extras sets of strings, humidifier, headstock tuner, nail buffer and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar. It is my way of saying thank you for doing business with me and Savage Classical Guitar.  Rich


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Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions46 × 19 × 9 in