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1998 Manuel Contreras II Double Top Cedar CSA


Double Top by Manuel Contreras II Cedar w/CSA dating from 1998

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1998 Manuel Contreras II Double Top Cedar CSA

Model1998 Manuel Contreras II Double Top Cedar CSA
Condition Pre-Owned – Very good condition – see description below
Scale660 mm
FinishLacquer – catalyzed
CaseHoffee HSC – excellent shape and heavy duty!

Tone Woods

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


Nut Width53mm
String Spacing44mm – 51mm – 58mm at 1st fret – 12th fret – saddle
Overall length40″
Body length19 7/8″
Upper bout11 1/4″
Lower bout15″
Waist Width9 1/2″
Body depth3 3/4″ &  4 1/4″
Weight3lbs. & 11 oz.
Action3.7mm – 3.1mm Low E to High E

1998 Manuel Contreras II Double Top Cedar CSA


This is a great example of the Contreras Double Top, which, for those that know, is not a double top (tapa) at all.  It has an interior lining, usually of cedar, doubling the back.  Why not call it a double back?  Don’t know.  What I do know is that the many examples of these guitars that have crossed my workbench, where the back is stiffer, lending more energy to the top, creating a superbly warm and evocative instrument with more than adequate power.  Manuel Sr. experimented quite a bit, coming up with the Double Tapa in 1974 to raving success, improving that process over the next 10 years.  Manuel II has followed this tradition keeping the family name alive and well.

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 finish has a small separation, not thru to the wood, running about 4 inches or so, 30 degrees across the grain to the middle purfling of the back.  It’s almost impossible to see, never mind photographing.  It is stable, no movement, having been this way since it was brought from overseas.  The rest of the guitar has nominal and honest playing wear.

The guitar emphasizes a large bass response, but not over-powering the mids or the trebles.   There’s a good amount of sing in this guitar, powerful and bold throughout her range.

Setup is quite good, tweaked by me, cleaned, polished, frets dressed and shined up, where the guitar plays fast and furious.  Obviously, all first class material used by the Spanish master, the guitar is one of the nicest examples of his work from the late ’90’s that I have seen to date.



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 – 171205-contreras2-dtapa-1998  – a purely Spanish experience, bold, warm, full-bodied sound that the Contreras family seems to create naturally.  Well setup, a dream to play, especially for bigger hands.

MP3 Audio – from the video below.  “Gamma di Preludio” by me, no talking (except in the pre and post edits, yikes! LOL) – 180217-contreras-dt1998-cedar-gamma-di-preludio

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



A video is in production for this guitar.  I’m playing my range piece for the guitar called, “Gamma di Preludio which includes an ending section (modified by me) called “Lasciati Avvolgere” by Giorgio Signorile.  The MP3 for this is above in the audio section.



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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.

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 a No warranty as the guitar is Pre-Owned

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

Additional information

Weight20 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in