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2014 James Frieson Redwood Madagascar RW


Redwood with Madagascar Rosewood, a favorite combination of mine in the hands of a great luthier!

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2014 James Frieson Redwood Madagascar RW


Model2014 James Frieson Redwood Madagascar RW
ConditionPre-Owned in Very Good Condition
Finish French Polish
Tuners Gotoh 35G510P – premium tuning machines
CaseAmeritage HSC Vintage Tweed – traditional and heavy duty HSC

Tone Woods

TopSalvaged Old Growth Redwood from Oregon Wildwood
Sides/BackMadagascar Rosewood (RW) – absolutely gorgeous in all regard
NeckSpanish Cedar neck w/Indian Ebony inserts
BridgeEast Indian rosewood, MOP tie block cover
FingerboardIndonesian Ebony
RosetteOriginal rosette
BindingsIndonesian Ebony
HeadplateMadagascar RW – carved and stippled


Nut Width 51mm
String Spacing 45mm – 51mm -58mm 1st fret – 12th fret – saddles
Overall length 39 1/4″
Body length 19 3/8″
Upper bout width 10 7/8″
Waist width 9 1/4″
Lower bout width 14 3/8″
Body depths 3 1/2″ & 3 3/4″ (neck to tail)
Guitar Weight 3lbs. & 10oz.
Action3.75mm to 3.25mm
CITES Not Required for these woods – please read link to the left

2014 James Frieson Redwood Madagascar RW


Just arrived, this guitar built by Jim Frieson out of Japan, is another superb example of the beauty and warmth of Western Redwood used as a top soundboard!  The Madagascar Rosewood is stunning to look at giving this guitar a wholesome, pretty, full bodied voice, a touch darker, while exhibiting excellent power as well, and being easy to play.  Excellent work by the master luthier from Canada/Japan.  The power and voice made my eyes arch when playing her.   I was pleasantly surprised at how easily she plays, her warmth, clarity and projection.  The guitar is strung with Savage Classical Guitar high tension strings.

The guitar is built with 7 brace fan, symmetrical, allowing for balance throughout her ranges.

The guitar is actually in better than very good condition.  I took shots of the front for your convenience.  You can see a small ding in the lower, treble bout.  Small scratches on the back, where I lightened the photo to see it easier, but it is almost impossible to see.



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 – Coming Soon! – warm, dark and beautiful, with lilting highs that ring out above the voice, while the basses whoosh and blossom.

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



Premium 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 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.  

 I have added numerous options for you to choose the cost and method, including USPS Priority and Express, as well as FedEx/UPS options (simply indicate your preference in the Notes window at Check Out).  

Thank you!

Very Important:  International Clients, including Canada…Please note that we will NOT accept PayPal or any CC as payment.  All transactions must be finalized with Bank Wire Transfers for any amount over $1000 USD. Please see our discussion found here and scroll down to Customs – Duty and International Shipping .  Thank you!

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



This classical guitar carries No Warranty as she is pre-owned

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
Dimensions46 × 19 × 9 in

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