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2002 Simon Ambridge #132 Spruce CSA


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2002 Simon Ambridge #132 Spruce CSA

Model2002 Simon Ambridge #132 Spruce CSA
ConditionPre-Owned in Very Good to Excellent Condition
Scale655 mm
FinishFrench Polished
TunersSloane Machines – Bronze Stippled w/Ebony Buttons
CasePremium TKL type Case – black, fitted

Tone Woods

TopSelect German Spruce
Sides/BackBrazilian Rosewood (CSA) – absolutely stunning
NeckHonduran  Cedar
BridgeBrazilian RW
BracingFan Braced
Head PlateCSA RW


Nut Width52mm
String Spacing44mm, 51mm, 58mm (nut, 12th, bridge)
Upper Bout Width10 15/16″
Waist Width 9 5/16″
Lower Bout Width14 7/16″
Body Depths3 1/2″ upper bout – 3 3/4″ lower bout
Body Length19 1/8″
Total Length38 7/8″
Action4mm & 3mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
Guitar Weight3lb. & 7oz.
CITESIneligible – CSA is highly restricted, paperwork is not available

2002 Simon Ambridge #132 Spruce CSA


The guitar is a continuing example of the high level of build that Simon is known for, being highly coveted.  The guitar has a clean bold sound, musical, expressive, with sufficient power for a small concert hall.  We have refreshed the french polish a bit, front and back, giving her a score of at least 90% condition wise.  She is 20 years old, and played, so there’s that.  There remains evidence of play wear, a string rash behind the treble E, small and honest play wear (full disclosure, always).  I will take quadrant photographs to help you see what I see.  There is also the expected checking in the finish, regarding the Brazilian Rosewood and its typical behavior.  My lighting shows this with exceptional clarity (maybe not a great thing, but it’s there, so you see it because I want you to see it).

A setup was performed, helping the guitar show her true colors, strung with D’Addario Normal Tension EJ-45’s.  I found her a complete experience, a joy to play and listen to in the playing of Bach and Weiss, some of my own stuff.  I love when a guitar makes me smile and laugh.  I know I found a great one.

The case is NOT a TKL.  I’ve seen this case before, fitted for the neck, cushions press in all the right places, the guitar fits the case well.  I cannot recall the name, but I believe it is an English version of the TKL, fitted a bit better than said TKL.

At the time, the guitar was called his SE40 Model, which now translates to his Concert Model, based on combinative features of the Hauser, Torres and slight touches of Romanillos.  The former 2 of which Simon is considered a foremost expert.

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  – 211119-2002 Simon Ambridge 132 Spruce CSA – such a great guitar, clear, bold, solid in her voices with separation, balanced, colorful and expressive.  Simon is clearly a master luthier, stating the obvious.  Lovely instrument.

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.

Your listed Price does NOT include Shipping to the 50US

Please note that as a Global Statement for my site, for Tuning machines, Accessories, and most guitars, that Shipping is NOT Free any longer.  Costs have gone up dramatically.  Regardless of what or where you might read on the site, shipping is not free any longer.  Choose the least expensive method, if available, or Expedited if you want them quicker.  My apologies.  Rich

Please DO NOT Choose USPS Media Mail to ship a guitar or a Hard Shell Case – this shipping method is designed for Media, Books, CDS, DVDs, etc.  

Please  choose FedEx Home or Ground Delivery or any Expedited Method.  The more expensive a guitar, the more likely you should choose a 1 or 2 day method.  It’s pure common sense, especially when it is too hot or too cold outside.  

 I have added numerous options for you to choose the cost and method, including USPS Priority and Express, as well as FedEx options (we can substitute UPS for FedEx, simply indicate your preference in the Notes window at Check Out).  

Thank you!

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!

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. -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

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions46 × 19 × 9 in

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