1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW


A glorious instrument from the great Daniel Friederich

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1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW


Model1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW
ConditionExcellent Condition
FinishFrench Polish
TunersFusteros as per the decade – Friederich standard machine
CaseDouble Arch Top TKL Premium HSC

Tone Woods

TopWestern Red Cedar
Sides/BackOld EIRW as per Daniel’s standard
NeckSpanish Cedar
BridgeAfrican Ebony
Head PlateMahogany
RosetteCustom made
FingerboardAfrican Ebony – Canted
BindingVarious and dyed


Nut Width52mm
String Spacings43mm – 50mm – 58mm (1st – 12th- Bridge)
Overall length39 1/4″
Body length19 1/8″
Upper bout11″
Waist9 1/2″
Lower bout14 1/2″
Body depths3 3/4″ & 4″ (upper and lower bout)
Action4.1mm & 3.4mm
Guitar Weight3lbs & 10oz.
CITESEligible but not recommended – paperwork is not available for the Rosewood, though it can be obtained.

1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW


The guitar is quite special, well, that should be obvious.  Historically special and certainly investment grade.   She is in excellent condition, with play and voice in abundance.  She can be stored or she could be played.  I would prefer the latter.

Photos show everything in detail.  Light play wear on the top, some wear of the finish in the upper bout of the back in expected places.  Bob (who I write about below) decided correctly to leave it all original.  He is the 2nd owner, as the guitar’s provenance originates in France, the home of Daniel.

Her setup is superb.  Strung with Savarez CRJ-500 strings, she might benefit from a heavier EJ46.

Bob Desmond of Orlando, Florida owned this guitar, as well as the 1971 Hauser on this site, where he studied them thoroughly, made plans, drawings, measurements, thicknesses, attempting to discover the secrets of what made them tick.  Mind you, he was also a student of Manuel Velazquez for over 17 years.  Without a doubt, Bob is one of the great American builders, if not top of his class.

The guitar is here in my gallery.  I have played her, photographed and inspected her thoroughly.

The price is usually listed for clarity and transparency.  I am not a big fan of “Please Inquire”, thus not wasting your time, but in this case and any instrument priced over $25K, I am listing as “Inquire”.

The guitar’s price is non-negotiable.  There will be NO trades.  All transactions will happen through bank wire.  All buyer’s will be vetted by me.  It will be shipped 1 Day Express via the USPS or UPS or FedEx.  It can also be personally delivered (at cost of transportation, flight, charges, driving time, etc) or you are free to schedule an appointment with me at the gallery to inspect and pick up the guitar personally.  Thank you kindly in advance for your understanding and consideration.



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 – 190918-Federica-1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW-Mertz – Capriccio from Bardenklaenge – Federica Canta performing a short beautiful piece by Mertz – “ Capriccio from Bardenklaenge


MP3 Audio – 190618-1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW – the guitar speaks for itself.  She is full bodied and resonant, plays effortlessly.  It is superb.  I play a new piece that I’ve written recently and mostly only that.  The piece is just about in my hands, though it’s still a bit jerky, but it’s right there.

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



Colin Fullerton plays Toru Takemitsu – “In The Woods – Wainscot Pond” using our 1978 Daniel Friederich #476 Cedar EIRW classical guitar.



Premium Single Arch Top or Double Arch HSC is included in your purchase price.
Insured FedEx Ground, USPS Ground or USPS Priority/Express Shipping is included to the 50 US
Anywhere else is subject to the most recent quote from USPS
Please write to me for a detailed quote for International Shipping.

Very Important:  International Clients, including Canada…Please note that we will NOT accept PayPal or any CC 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!

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.  Rich


This classical guitar carries NO warranty as the guitar is Pre-Owned

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Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in