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2008 Thomas Humphrey Cedar Quilted Maple


A truly excellent example of Thomas Humphrey’s work – an inspiring blend of power and voice.

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2008 Thomas Humphrey Cedar Quilted Maple


Model2008 Thomas Humphrey Cedar Quilted Maple
ConditionPre-Owned – in very good condition
Scale650 mm
FinishFrench Polish
TunersPremium Rodgers Machines Silver
CaseHoffee Form Fitted Case – very snug

Tone Woods

TopSelect Western Red Cedar
Sides/BackQuilted Maple – very dark and gorgeous!
NeckSpanish Cedar – with his famed “elevated” fingerboard
Head PlateQuilted Maple
FingerboardAfrican Ebony – elevated
BindingMaple – various and dyed


Nut Width52mm
String Spacings44mm – 50mm – 57mm (1st – 12th- Bridge)
Overall length 39″
Body length 19″
Upper bout width 11 1/8″
Lower bout width14 3/8″
Waist width9 3/4″
Body depths 3 1/2″ Upper Bout & 4 1/2″ Lower Bout
Guitar Weight 3lb. & 11 oz.
Action 4mm to 3.4mm Low E to High E
CITES Eligible $200 fee to process

2008 Thomas Humphrey Cedar Quilted Maple


This classical guitar, built by the innovative Thomas Humphrey, is a truly exceptional example of his work.  Sad to say, not all of his guitars were great.  If you actually know what you’re talking about, this is simply a fact, where I am not trying to be mean or dismissive.  He would build four, and one would be extraordinary.   This is one of those that are extraordinary.  Certainly one of the best I’ve ever played or seen by him.

The guitar is lattice braced, as you would expect, using all wood braces.  Internal inspection shows nothing except clean and superlative work by Tom.

As everyone knows, I’m extremely particular about what comes into my studio.  The owner came over and was pleased that I was pleased 🙂

The woods used are beautiful, straight grained, tapping very well.  The Cedar is quite dark, the rosette work understated, while the Quilted Maple is simply superb, very dark and well, quite frankly, stunningly gorgeous!

Beautiful tone, set up sort of high, totally playable, but the beauty of it all is that it is able to be driven, fat and round, with clear singing highs and basses that do not overwhelm, complementing the overall concert guitar experience.  I love the growl of the mid-voices, while the highs are of a beautiful singing quality, along with bold and forceful basses.

Condition is very good, with expected honest playing wear from a traveling professional.  I see some rasqueado marks on either side of the rosette, as well as slight scrapes.  My photos will show all of this as clearly as I can manage.  I go out of my way to photograph each quadrant of the guitar, front and back when there are issues you need to know about.  No games, no BS…ever!  I’m very clear on this aspect of my gallery and how I do business with everyone.  Pre-Owned guitars especially.  Not everyone takes the ultimate care with their guitar, as I do.  Better to be clear and upfront now vs. later.

I am told by the original owner of this guitar that this is officially the last guitar that Tom ever built.  I thought it was close to his last.  Didn’t realize it was actually the last one.  Very cool and a testament to his excellent career as a builder and innovator in the business.



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 – 180702-2008 Thomas Humphrey Cedar Quilted Maple-julian-brouwer-estudio1+6

Our intern Julian Eichholz recorded Brouwer’s Estudio #1 and #6 on this guitar.  Unedited, these are the mp3s from the upcoming videos in production for the guitar

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



Julian Eichholz performing Villa Lobos “Etude #1”

Julian Eichholz performing Villa Lobos “Etude #6”



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. Rich


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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 NO warranty

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: email me at rsayage1 at savageclassical dot com

Additional information

Weight22 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in

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