2014 Flammang #217 EL35 Spruce Mahogany Steel String


A beautiful steel string in the pre-war style of the Gibson L-1 by one of our most talented luthiers in the country.  David Flammang

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2014 Flammang #217 EL35 Spruce Mahogany Steel String


Model2014 Flammang #217 EL35 Spruce Mahogany Steel String Guitar
ConditionPre-Owned exceptional care was taken with this guitar
Scale632.5 mm or 24.9″
FinishLacquered – I believe
TunersGolden Age tuners appropriate to the homage to the Gibson model
CaseAmeritage HardShell Case – seriously heavy duty

Tone Woods

TopSelect Red Spruce
Sides/BackHonduran Mahogany back and sides
NeckHonduran Mahogany with Truss Rod (tool is included)
Head PlateEbony Headstock with Overlay
FingerboardEbony – radiused – super easy to play


Nut Width44mm or 1 3/4″
String Spacings40mm – 49mm- 58mm at 1st fret – 12th fret – saddle – The saddle is measured at 2.25″ in total length
Overall length39 1/2″
Body length19. 1/4″
Upper bout10 3/8″
Waist Width8 3/8″
Lower bout14 1/8″
Body depths3 9/16″ to 4 1/2″ upper bout to lower bout
Guitar Weight 3lbs & 9oz
Action3.4mm & 2.7mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
CITESNot Required – woods used are not regulated – please read provided link to the left

2014 Flammang #217 EL35 Spruce Mahogany Steel String


This guitar is among the most hysterically fun steel strings I’ve ever played with 14 frets to the body, making it a pleasure to hold and play.

Modeled after the Gibson L-1 the guitar that Robert Johnson played and was so well-known for, David Flammang nailed it, even down to the tuning machines.  The punch, tone, overall affect is ridiculously good.

The guitar is in superb shape, 1 owner, bought directly from David Flammang in 2014, one who prides himself on excellent care for his guitars.

Photography was especially difficult with this guitar.  Humidifiers are now on, causing dust to be present at all times.  Like Thanos, it is inevitable.  The guitar is quite clean, play wear, etc.  Most everything you will see is dust.

Please bear in mind that I am meticulous in how I do all of this.  We blow the guitars down with a special tool for that purpose, wipe them down in between every shot, etc.  Still, it manages to fall, where this guitar, its finish, is crazy in this regard.  Additionally, I intentionally shot the back at more open aperture settings to get the grain into the shots, thus a bit of washout here and there (I hope?), where the background is lighter as well.  I’m simply attempting to be as transparent as possible in its presentation, as I always attempt to be in all of my listings.  So, bear with me on this photo shoot.  Thanks…Rich

The guitar features:

  • Product Description
  • Red Spruce top
  • Honduran Mahogany back and sides
  • Checker purfling body and sound hole
  • Ebony headstock overlay
  • Ebony fretboard; MOP dots inlays
  • Oval sound hole with roped purfling
  • Ebony bridge
  • Golden Age tuners in the style of pre-war Gibson guitars



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

Dust in the photographs are always an issue, especially when the humidifiers are on and running.  We wipe down constantly, but artifact is an issue, showing up as white dots.  It is unfortunate, but I do not like to touch the photos as I believe in absolute transparency.  I want you to see what I am seeing with no secrets, ever.  This is never about fooling anyone.  I deal in happiness not deception.  Please bear all of this in mind.  I am the best in my business because of this simple philosophy.  I trust you all appreciate this simple fact.  Love to all.  Happiness all the time!  Richard

MP3 Audio – 231224-2014 Flammang 217 EL35 Spruce Mahogany Steel String – the guitar is a blast to play with that old Gibson feel and sound in a superbly crafted hand built instrument by a great luthier, David Flammang.  Effortless articulation, play, nuanced and loud as all get out.  Crikey!  So much fun.  Buy it within a month or it’s gone.  I’m buying it myself.  It is that ridiculously good, fun and awesome to play.  Rich

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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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.  

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Thank you!

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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.


New classical guitars carry either a 1 year warranty – this guitar is pre-owned thus not warranted.  I am made to understand that David supports his guitars thoroughly, as is proper.  No worries.

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: rich at savageclassical.com

Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions46 × 19 × 9 in

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