2017 Bob Desmond Spruce CSA

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

A seriously gorgeous classical guitar from the great Robert Desmond – 2017 Spruce with CSA RW Double Sided ala Daniel Friederich

1 in stock


2017 Bob Desmond Spruce CSA


Model2017 Bob Desmond Spruce CSA
ConditionNew – Showroom Condition
Scale650 mm
FinishFrench Polish
TunersPremium Klaus Scheller tuning machines
CaseDouble Arch Top TKL Premium HSC – A Bam Case is available for an additional cost

Tone Woods

TopSelect German Spruce
Sides/BackOld Growth CSA Rosewood – doubled with East Indian Rosewood for the sides.   This CSA is very old and quite beautiful – sliding door for single port on the bass side
BridgeAfrican Ebony
Head PlateMahogany
RosetteCustom made handmade by Bob
FingerboardAfrican Ebony
BindingAfrican Ebony


Nut Width53mm
String Spacings45mm – 52mm – 59.5mm (1st – 12th- Bridge)
Overall length39″
Body length19″
Upper bout11 1/8″
Waist9 3/8″
Lower bout14 1/2″
Body depths3 3/4″ & 3 15/16″ (upper and lower bout)
Action4.1mm & 3.4mm Low E and High E
Guitar Weight4lbs & 9oz.
CITESIneligible – paperwork is not available for the CSA

2017 Bob Desmond Spruce CSA


The guitar is gorgeous, in appearance and voice.  She is another singing angel, superbly setup, using Bob’s trademark neck design that he borrowed from one of the great flamenco masters.  But, there is a difference here in power, voice, sustain and projection.  Bob became fascinated with the beautiful voice of the Daniel Friederich guitar, becoming convinced, as have some of the French masters, that the stiffness of the doubled sides, and a slightly thicker back, all transmit more effectively (efficiently?) to the soundboard.  He then built off of a Hauser plantilla, (Bob is a big fan of both Friederich and Hauser) using his own modified bracing pattern, with superb results.

He is correct!  Wow, is this a powerful guitar, as well as pretty as all get out.  Such sublime power and voicing.  This is a classical guitar at its best.  The sliding door for the port is ingenious.  I would leave it open, personally.  The guitar is buttery in her voice, attack is instant, yet the basses bloom, the mids growl and the trebles simply sing!  Such incredible work on this guitar and really, all of them.  He is so precise, meticulous, even in his polish work, it’s really a pleasure to see such craftsmanship.  Please note that the old school and aged Brazilian RW carries a serious premium.  Bob treated it beautifully, polish is extraordinary, it looks amazing, deep, rich and dark.

Bob is old school, in all ways.  Meeting him, you are immediately taken with his care for his work.  His pride in his work.

He doesn’t mail the guitars to me.  Every time I’ve taken guitars from him, he drives the 1200 or so miles to me and hand delivers them.    If that’s not old school, I don’t what is?  LOL

On this particular occasion, I flew down to Orlando and drove back the next day with 4 guitars, this one among them.  I had to choose 2 from his batch of 7 available, and well, this one was a clear winner.  They were all gorgeous, meticulous in the build, sublime in their sound and play, but I could only choose 2.  The other 2 are the 1971 Hauser II and the 1978 Friederich I now have available.  Bob owned these 2 guitars, studied them thoroughly, made plans, drawings, measurements, thicknesses, attempting to discover the secrets of what made them tick.  Mind you, he was also a student of Manuel Velazquez for over 17 years.  This is why, with authority, I can say the below…

Bob is a great guy, super builder, with an ear and a dedication reserved for the best in the world at what they do.  He is a true master in his craft, one of, if not, the top builder in this country at this time.  His dedication, his knowledge, coupled with his ability to execute is truly extraordinary.  He would never say any of this, but I can and I have said it out loud.  This guitar and the others listed are some of the most beautiful and musical guitars I’ve ever laid hands on.  I am truly honored that Bob has chosen me as his exclusive dealer and representative to the playing public.  I can’t say it any other way.

Please read more about Master Luthier Bob Desmond here



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 – 220114-2017 Bob Desmond Spruce CSA – recording session at Elite Sound Stage in W. Babylon NY – upcoming video for Samantha’s Lullaby among other pieces, on one of the nicest stages and rooms I’ve been in a long long time.  What a performance and recording venue this place is, built by my cousin Mark Mina.  The guitar sounds so big.  There is zero reverb in this recording.  ZERO.  No engineering, nothing.  Straight flat.  What a guitar!  Easily played.  Bob did a great job.  Great luthier building a super great guitar!

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



Upcoming video in production for Samantha’s Lullaby using this guitar – recorded towards the end of February 2019 at Elite Sound Stage in West Babylon!



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 or a Hard Shell Case – 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 options (we can substitute UPS for FedEx, 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.

All guitars come with a standard accessory package including extra sets of strings, humidifier and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar.  This is our small way of saying thank you for doing business with Savage Classical Guitar – Rich


This classical guitar carries a Lifetime warranty directly from Bob, facilitated by me

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info:

Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “2017 Bob Desmond Spruce CSA”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.