2011 Thomas Malapanis #51 Cedar Cocobolo

Original price was: $9,995.00.Current price is: $8,995.00.

An excellent classical guitar with power, voice and clarity

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2011 Thomas Malapanis #51 Cedar Cocobolo


Model2011 Thomas Malapanis #51 Cedar Cocobolo
Scale652 mm Compensated
FinishFrench Polish with Shellac
TunersGotoh 35G510P with Oval Ivory Buttons
CaseTKL double arch black

Tone Woods

TopWestern Red Cedar
Sides/BackCocobolo- beautiful figuring
NeckHonduran Mahogany
BridgeIndian Ebony
BracingFan Braced – treble bar with bridge pad
FingerboardIndian Ebony


Nut Width52mm
String Spacing45mm – 52mm – 60mm (1st fret -12th fret – Bridge)
Overall length39 1/2″
Body length19 1/2″
Upper bout11″
Lower bout14 5/8″
Waist Width9 3/8″
Body depth3 3/4″ & 4″ upper and lower bout respectively
Weight3lbs. & 13oz.
Action3.75mm & 3.2mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
CITESNot Required – woods used are not regulated – please read provided link to the left

2011 Thomas Malapanis #51 Cedar Cocobolo


Tom builds a superb classical guitar with a traditional voice, power and resonance.  The guitar is very active, bold, forceful and clear in all registers.  I sat with her for a touch today, taken aback by the power and clarity of the cedar guitar Tom built.  Super clean voices, powerful in the mids and lows, easily accessible due to a near perfect setup.

The guitar is taken from another dealer in NYC, in excellent condition except for an accidental string behind the bridge.  Yikes!!  Why!!! Oh, the humanity…moving on…

Strings have been changed to a Savarez White Card.  There is a small string ding behind the bridge, high E string.  Other than that, she is near perfect.  Great guitar.



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 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 – 200816-2011 Thomas Malapanis 51 Cedar Cocobolo – very powerful, bold and direct.  An “in-your-face” kind of guitar, that blends voices beautifully.  The beauty is in the directness of force, when pushed, yet, you can dial her back, warm her up with Right Hand position, getting that fat round beautiful sound.  The guitar is the whole package.


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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1


Angel Romero plays and endorses Tom Malapanis guitars.  This is back a few years ago.  I have one of Angel’s guitars here from Tom as well.  Angel is such a sweet man, laid back and so very good at what he does.


Aaron Benowitz plays a Tom Malapanis Classical Guitar 2014 #51 Cedar Cocobolo
at Savage Classical Guitar

“Aaron Benowitz is a 3rd year classical guitar student at the Crane school of music in SUNY Potsdam. He is pursuing a degree in music education and is hoping to further his studies in music by expanding his knowledge of genres and musicals styles after his undergrad.”



Premium Single Arch Top or Double Arch 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 – 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.  

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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.

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 1 Year Warranty from the Luthier

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
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in

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