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2013 John Ray #171 Spruce EIRW


Master Luthier John Ray of Granada Spain – 2013 Concert Model

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2013 John Ray #171 Spruce EIRW


Model 2013 John Ray #171 Spruce EIRW Classical Guitar
Condition Pre-Owned – almost Showroom Condition
Scale 652 mm Compensated
Finish French Polished
Tuners Sloanes – very pretty – Oval Ivory Buttons
Case Hiscox Flight Case

Tone Woods

Top German Spruce – very select
Sides/Back EIRW Rosewood – straight and very even
Neck Honduran cedar
Bridge EIRW Rosewood
Head Plate EIRW Rosewood
Fingerboard Ebony
Binding Bloodwood – Rosewoods – Sycamore


Nut Width 52mm
String Spacing 44mm – 50mm – 58mm (1st- 12th – Bridge)
Overall length 39″
Body length 19 1/8″
Upper bout 11 1/8″
Lower bout 14 1/2″
Waist Width 9 3/8″
Body depth 3 5/16″ &  3 7/16″ (upper and lower bouts)
Weight  3lb & 0oz
CITES Not Required – please read link to the left

2013 John Ray #171 Spruce EIRW Classical Guitar


Just Arrived! Highly anticipated classical guitar from John Ray of Granada Spain.  He most certainly brings the Granada school to the forefront.  The guitar, decidedly Hauser-ish in her appearance, thinner bodied than most, is very bold sounding, clear, and round.  She has a throatiness that I find very attractive, all while the mids and highs are punching and singing.  Superb.  It turns out, as per John, that this guitar or model, his Concert Model, started as a Hauser ’43 copy, where the body transitioned to being a bit thinner, but wider in the plantilla.  Of course, the bracing has been modified and tuned up over the years, 7 struts and a very thin, low bridge reinforcement.  You will notice the bridge is canted to the bass side to allow for natural intonation.

This is a guitar I can play for a very long time.  John’s choices of woods, workmanship, machines, look and feel are all excellent.  The man has taste.  She is enjoyable, evocative, with a beautiful voice, set up for the professional who wants or needs to drive her.  The one issue that stands out, barely, is a small scratch on the back of the headstock.  Nothing else to report.  A great guitar and outstanding example of the Granada school.



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 – 201221-2013 John Ray 171 Spruce EIRW – beautiful and bold sounding, direct and responsive.  The guitar is in excellent condition as well.  Easily played, easy color and dynamic range.  John is a true master of the Granada school.

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1





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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 extra 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 she is pre-owned

Please read my Return Policy

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Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 45 × 18 × 8 in