2001 Simon Ambridge Joaquin Rodrigo Centenary Spruce CSA


One of a kind Simon Ambridge – The Centenary Guitar!

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2001 Simon Ambridge Joaquin Rodrigo Centenary Spruce CSA

Model 2001 Simon Ambridge Joaquin Rodrigo Centenary Spruce CSA
Condition Pre-Owned
Scale 650 mm
Finish French Polished
Tuners Rodgers Machines – Sterling Silver w/Fossil Ivory Buttons
Case Premium Fischer Case

Tone Woods

Top Select German Spruce
Sides/Back Brazilian Rosewood (CSA) – absolutely stunning
Neck Honduran  Cedar
Bridge Brazilian RW
Bracing Fan Braced
Fingerboard Ebony
Head Plate CSA RW


Nut Width 52mm
String Spacing 44mm, 50.5mm, 58.5mm (nut, 12th, bridge)
Upper Bout Width 11″
Waist Width  9 3/8″
Lower Bout Width 14 3/8″
Body Depths 3 9/16″ upper bout – 3 13/16″ lower bout
Body Length 19 1/8″
Total Length 39″
Action 4.3mm & 3.7mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
Guitar Weight 3lb. & 6oz.
CITES Ineligible – CSA is highly restricted, paperwork is not available

2001 Simon Ambridge Joaquin Rodrigo Centenary Spruce CSA


This magnificent example by Simon Ambridge exceeds expectations.  There are a few things to discuss regarding this incredible guitar.

First, she is highlighted in the book, “The Art & Craft of Contemporary Guitars” by Robert Shaw.  The guitar is numbered #113 and is dated 2001.  The guitar will come with a copy of the above book.

The guitar has 1 owner, who cared for it meticulously.  She is in excellent condition, with nothing of significance to report.  Minor and honest play wear on the top in the usual places, and slightly worn finish on the back where it would rest against your chest.  Photos show this clearly.   Let’s discuss the guitar…

The tuning machines are by David Rodgers with Sterling Silver Faceplates and Fossil Ivory buttons.  Very unique and quite beautiful.

The top is from old stock German Spruce as is the Brazilian Rosewood.  All very difficult to acquire and quite expensive choices.

The headstock is carved Ebony, Snakewood with an engraved Sterling Silver Monogram, which is dated 1901 to 2001 with Joaquin Rodrigo carved into the emblem.

The Bridge is made with Brazilian Rosewood with Snakewood Inlays and Mosaic.

The Nut and Saddle are made of Fossil Ivory.

Aside from all of the visual prettiness, the guitar is finished with a fine Fischer HSC

The guitar itself is wildly resonant and wholly musical.  Workmanship is stellar.

The room was filled with the sound of the guitar and her play is totally accessible, almost effortless.  Simon is among the elite in the world, a true master, building power, with music, grace and elegance.

Simon builds out of his studios in Dartingon, Devon, England.

Please note that this guitar is NOT eligible for International Shipping.  You are welcome to personally come to the gallery to pick the guitar up.  Otherwise, the guitar should be sold domestically within the USA.  The buyer assumes all responsibility once it leaves our gallery.  Thank you kindly for your understanding.  Richard



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  – 200114-2001 Simon Ambridge Joaquin Rodrigo Centenary Spruce CSA – a sensitive playing powerhouse of a guitar.  World class all the way.

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1





Premium 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 from the luthier as it 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 45 × 18 × 8 in

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