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2018 Toni De Stefano TDS Spruce Mahogany


An amazing guitar by the Italian Luthier – Classical guitar with superb traditional voice

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2018 Toni De Stefano TDS Spruce Mahogany


Model2018 Toni De Stefano TDS Spruce Mahogany
ConditionNew – Showroom Condition
Scale652 mm Compensated
FinishFrench Polish
TunersRubner Premium machines
CaseBlack Humicase Metro 2

Tone Woods

TopSelect Red Italian Spruce, source is Val di Fiemme (Stradivari’s spruce)
Sides/BackKhaya Mahogany – Very light colored and beautiful
NeckKhaya Mahogany
BridgeIndian Rosewood – CITES documents from Italy
Head PlateKhaya Mahogany
FingerboardEbony (Diospyros ebenum) via Cameroon


Nut Width52mm
String Spacings 43mm – 49.5mm- 57mm at 1st fret – 12th fret – saddle
Overall length 38 3/4″
Body length 19″
Upper bout width 10 3/4″
Waist Width 9 1/4″
Lower bout width 14 7/8″
Body depths 3 7/16″ & 3 13/16″ upper bout to lower bout
Weight 3lbs. & 0 oz.
Action4.5mm to 3.8mm Low E to High E
CITES Not Required – Please read link to the left

2018 Toni De Stefano TDS Spruce Mahogany


The long wait for the arrival of the first of many Italian Luthiers that I met in Rome is over, as Toni De Stefano is now the 4th Italian luthier to arrive and it is another in a line of spectacular guitars.  This is one of his Concert Models, as defined by the TDS designation, his initials obviously, clearly a work of art as can be seen in the photos.   She is superbly and clearly voiced, with excellent projection, bold and direct, with lyrical qualities that many wish they had available and workmanship that is to be admired.  He builds in the traditional sense with a 7 fan bracing system using all wood.  It is an honor to have his guitars here in our gallery.  The guitar is simply superb.  Toni specializes in historical instruments, from Hauser to Torres, Simplicio, Lacote, Panormo, Terzina, as well as Baroque Instruments and Lutes.  His work is simply to die for as you can see in this page here.  Read more about Toni De Stefano at this page

Toni De Stefano was born in Milan on 13 October 1975. In 1999 he enrolled at the Civic School of Violin Making in Milan where, over the years, he managed to learn the most refined techniques concerning the construction of plucked instruments.  At the same time as the courses last, it begins to put into practice the lessons received; immediately began to build classical guitars according to the ancient Spanish tradition.

In 2004 he finished his studies at the Civic School of Violin Making in Milan specializing in the construction of musical instruments with a penchant for ancient music.

Subsequently, he began a post-diploma internship in Bologna at the violin maker Anna Radice, where he deepened the constructive themes of the baroque instruments of the Baroque period. Thanks to the collaboration with various professionals in the music field, he has deepened in recent years the techniques of construction and repair of plucked musical instruments ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day.



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 – 191231-2018 Toni De Stefano TDS Spruce Mahogany working on 2 new sketches, I figured I’d try them a bit on this guitar, along with some other stuff, noodling around.  The guitar has gotten better!  She plays like melted butter.  My typical discussion and pieces that highlight the power and voice of the ranges.  I’ve lowered the price to a ridiculous number, to move her into a good home.

A video is in production for this video…see MP3 of the video session below.

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



We have a video below with Keiran Franzone of Fredonia University.  Here he’s playing Villa Lobos – Prelude #2 with Toni’s guitar.



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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.  

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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 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 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
Tone Wood