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2019 Len Laviolette #153 Cutaway FS Spruce Maple


An excellent Finger Style offering by Len Laviolette of California, which is strikingly pretty in appearance as well as sound

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2019 Len Laviolette #153 Cutaway FS Spruce Maple


Model2019 Len Laviolette #153 Cutaway FS Spruce Maple – Finger Style
Scale650 mm – compensated
FinishLacquer – thinly applied
TunersSchaller Grandtune roller-bearing Premium Tuning Machines
CaseHumicase Protege Single arch HSC with velvet interior

Tone Woods

TopEngelmann Spruce – beautiful
Sides/BackAmbrosia Maple – striking markings with decorative porting bass side
FingerboardIndonesian Ebony
RosetteCustom rosette by Len
BindingsHard Maple
HeadplateAmbrosia Maple


Nut Width 55mm
String Spacing 46mm – 52.5mm – 60.5mm (1st fret – 12th fret – saddle)
Overall length 39 5/8″
Body length 19 1/4″
Upper bout width 10 3/4″
Waist width 8 7/8″
Lower bout width 14 1/8″
Body depths 3 11/16″ & 4 1/8″ (neck to tail)
Guitar Weight 4lbs. & 4oz.
Action 3.7mm to 3.2mm  low E to High E 12th unfretted
CITES Not required – please read link to the left

2019 Len Laviolette #153 Cutaway FS Spruce Maple


Just arrived, this guitar is another superb example of the beauty, warmth, roundness and clarity of Engelmann Spruce used as a top soundboard!  Pretty, full bodied voice, very powerful as well, and easy to play.  The Double Top works very well, while not overpowering any aspect of the guitar.  I was surprised by how round she sounds, with nothing shrill or unexpected.  The Cutaway allows for easy access to the upper ranges, being most comfortable to play and tool around on.

Excellent work by the master luthier from California.  Len’s work was intriguing and accessible price-wise to me.  Looking forward to seeing her, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily she plays, her warmth, clarity and projection.  Len writes that this has a brilliant sound with excellent projection, with exceptional sustain.  Interesting overtones was his other comment.  I agree wholeheartedly.

This is more of a Classical Cutaway than a Finger-Style, as the nut width and spacings are bigger than expected, making it super easy to get into those cramped chordal positions, with a good amount of room at the 1st fret down to the cutaway itself.

He included a comfortable armrest as well as Premium Schallers from Germany.  Schaller has a whole wide array of machines, but little is known of the premium offerings, with roller bearing and incredible smoothness, besides being very attractive.  The guitar is strung with D’Addario Nylon and Carbon 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 Audio201020-2019 Len Laviolette 153 Cutaway FS Spruce Maple – awesome, with plenty of space to play, bright, airy and boomy in the basses.  Lot of fun.

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 – 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!

Anywhere else is subject to the most recent quote from USPS

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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 as she is New

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

Weight20 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in