2010 Manuel Contreras II 1A Especial Cedar CSA


Double Top by Manuel Contreras II Cedar w/CSARW dating from 2010

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2010 Manuel Contreras II 1A Especial Cedar CSA

Model 2010 Manuel Contreras II 1A Especial Cedar CSA
Condition  Pre-Owned – Excellent condition – see description below
Scale 650 mm
Finish Lacquer – catalyzed
Tuners Fustero – really gorgeous machines
Case Premium Cibeles Black ABS HSC – in good shape

Tone Woods

Top Western Red Cedar
Sides/Back CSA – beautiful wood – straight grained – old school
Neck Spanish Cedar
Bridge Ebony
Fingerboard Ebony


Nut Width 51mm
String Spacing 43.5mm – 50mm – 57mm at 1st fret – 12th fret – saddle
Overall length 39 3/8″
Body length 19 3/8″
Upper bout 11 3/8″
Lower bout 14 7/8″
Waist Width 9 1/2″
Body depth 3 11/16″ &  4 1/8″
Weight 4lbs. & 13 oz.
Action 4.1mm – 3.4mm Low E to High E
CITES Ineligible – Please read link to the left

2007 Manuel Contreras II Doble Tapa Cedar Ziricote


This is a great example of the newer more modern 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 up until 2011, the year of his passing.  Guitars built by Pablo are quite difficult to come by, especially in such excellent condition.

This is one of the last guitars built by Manuel II, it may be the last one.  It was built just before he passed on.  Such a great builder.

The guitar is very clean, with nominal fingernail marking on the top, in and around the rosette.  The CSA (Brazilian RW) is superb, old school, nicely figured, but straight-ish, with only a slight curve, lending an instant attractiveness to its overall coloration.  Her condition is clearly excellent!

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.  Trebles have a crystalline affect, lending an overall brightness and clarity to the guitar that might be surprising to some.

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 another one of the nicest examples of his work from the late 2000’s that I have seen to date.  She is labeled 1A Especial for a reason, quite good reasons.



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 Audio201006-2010 Manuel Contreras II 1A Especial Cedar CSA  – phenomenal guitar with voice, power and nuance.

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1





Heavy duty HSC  is included in your purchase price.

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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, and more to help you care for and maintain your 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

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 45 × 18 × 8 in