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2019 Ken Whisler #39 Cedar Cocobolo


Whisler Guitars – Ken is producing again and he kindly offered me this guitar. How could I say no?  LOL

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2019 Ken Whisler #39 Cedar Cocobolo


Model2019 Ken Whisler #39 Cedar Cocobolo
Scale650 mm – compensated
Finish French Polish
TunersGotoh 1800 machines
CaseGear Buddy AHC2 Hardshell Classical Guitar Case

Tone Woods

TopWestern Red Cedar
Sides/Back East Indian Rosewood (EIRW)
Neck Spanish Cedar with Flamed Maple insert
BridgeEast Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard African Ebony – Canted
Rosette Spalted Maple including headplate and end graft
Bindings Cocobolo RW


Nut Width 53mm
String Spacing 42mm-50mm-58mm
Overall length 38″
Body length 19 1/4″
Upper bout width 11 1/4″
Waist width 9 9/16″
Lower bout width 14 1/2″
Body depths 3 3/8″ & 3 3/4″ (neck to tail)
Guitar Weight 3lbs & 8oz.
Action4.1mm & 3mm low E to high E 12th fret unfretted
CITESNot required- please read link to left

2019 Ken Whisler #39 Cedar Cocobolo


Just arrived, this guitar is superb!  Pretty, full bodied voice, easy to play.  Intimate voice perfect for a small room recital but clearly capable of more.

Excellent work by the young master luthier.  Ken’s work has always been intriguing and accessible price-wise and this one is no different.  Beautifully grained Cocobolo RW, nice coloring, deep and rich to the excellent cut of Western Red Cedar from the stock of well known luthier (who shall go unnamed for personal reasons)  who harvested the wood from the Bull Run Watershed, thus the BRW in the label with a #.

Then of course, the guitar is fretted with Gold Evo FWG110 fret-wire and finished with blonde shellac, the guitar is quite nice.  He’s apparently inspired and the guitar reflects it.

Ken works out of his workshop in Parkland, Missouri.  He wrote this note about the top “The cedar top came from the stash of retired luthier. I bought out all of his remaining cedar and it is a bit denser and stiffer than cedars I’ve worked with in the past. Which allowed me to work it a bit thinner than normal without compromising the tensile strength. That, in combination with the denser Cocobolo, resulted in a sound that I’d describe as more cavernous; the guitar seems to have a bit of natural reverb built right into it.

Additional specs on action and neck widths/depths

Nut Width 52mm
String Spacing 42mm at nut to 58mm at bridge
Neck thickness @1st fret 22mm
Neck thickness @10th fret 23mm
Neck elevation @12th fret 12mm

The guitar is strung with Savarez Corum Alliance High Tension Strings


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 – 191226-2019 Ken Whisler #39 Cedar Cocobolo – Little monster!  She totally came to life in less than 10 minutes.  Lows are awesome, with good clarity and voice!  Easy to play, I had no problem with it.   The guitar is beautiful, intimate and expressive.  Nice job by Ken.  Guitar is a pleasure to play.

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.

Insured USPS Priority/Express Shipping is included to the 50 US

Anywhere else is subject to the most recent quote from USPS

Please write to me for a detailed quote for International Shipping.

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!

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 a 1 Year Warranty directly 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

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