1997 John Price #497 Cedar Tasmanian Blackwood


An excellent classical guitar with power, voice and clarity

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Model 1997 John Price #497 Cedar Tasmanian Blackwood Classical Guitar
Condition Pre-Owned – Excellent Condition
Scale 650 mm- Compensated
Finish Lacquer Catalyzed
Tuners Sloane Premiums – Bronze Stippled
Case Platypus Hardshell Case – High End Case in Ivory Good Shape

Tone Woods

Top Western Red Cedar – Australian Lattice Bracing
Sides/Back Tasmanian Fiddleback Blackwood – beautiful figuring
Neck Fijian Mahogany
Bridge Indian Ebony
Bracing Fan Braced – treble bar with bridge pad
Fingerboard Indian Ebony


Nut Width 52mm
String Spacing 45mm – 52mm – 60mm (1st fret -12th fret – Bridge)
Overall length 39 1/2″
Body length 19 1/2″
Upper bout 11 1/8″
Lower bout 14 3/4″
Waist Width 9 5/8″
Body depth 3 15/16″ & 4 1/8″ upper and lower bout respectively
Weight 5lbs. & 10oz.
Action 3.9mm & 3.2mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
CITES Not Required – woods used are not regulated – please read provided link to the left

1997 John Price #497 Cedar Tasmanian Blackwood


John Price builds a superb classical guitar with a musical voice, power and resonance.  The guitar is very active, bold, forceful and clear in all registers.  I will write more below when I record the guitar.  The visual on this guitar is stunning, the literal phrase, “eye candy”.  Coupled with her beautiful sound and play, we have a clear winner.

Condition of the guitar is Very Good, with nominal and honest play wear.  There are 2 small dings in the top that should be clearly seen in the photos.  Small nail marks that are tough to see.  Back and sides are excellent.  Setup is excellent at 3.9mm and 3.2mm low E to high E.  I found her easy to play.



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  – 220213-1997 John Price 497 Cedar Tasmanian Blackwood – love the big sound and air around the guitar, earthy, open, gutty, with booming basses and lilting trebles.  Quite powerful, yet intimate in her abilities.  Setup very well, plays easily.


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.
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.
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.

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


This classical guitar carries No Warranty from Savage Classical Guitar as she is Pre-Owned

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: rich at savageclassical dot com

Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 46 × 19 × 9 in

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