2019 Michael O’Leary #236 Cedar Cocobolo Exclusive

Original price was: $13,995.00.Current price is: $12,995.00.

An excellent classical guitar with power, voice and clarity featuring Western Red Cedar and a select board of Cocobolo Rosewood

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2019 Michael O’Leary #236 Cedar Cocobolo Exclusive


Model2019 Michael O’Leary #236 Cedar Cocobolo Exclusive
ConditionPre-Owned in Excellent Condition
Scale650 mm
FinishFrench Polished – Shellac
TunersKlaus Scheller – O’Leary stamping
CaseBAM Case XL Series – used, see photos

Tone Woods

TopWestern Red Cedar – Australian Lattice Bracing
Sides/BackCocobolo – beautiful figuring
NeckFijian Mahogany
BracingLattice Braced in the Smallman tradition with slight modification
FingerboardIndian Ebony


Nut Width52mm
String Spacing46mm – 51mm – 57.5mm (1st fret -12th fret – Bridge)
Overall length39 5/8″
Body length19 1/4″
Upper bout width10 7/8″
Lower bout width14 1/2″
Waist Width9 3/8″
Body depth4″ & 4 1/2″ upper and lower bout respectively
Weight4lbs. & 15oz.
Action4.1mm & 3.5mm at 12th fret unfretted Low E to High E
CITESCITES not required, please read link to the left

2019 Michael O’Leary #236 Cedar Cocobolo Exclusive


Clearly Michael O’Leary is a superb builder with excellent taste.  This is his Exclusive model, his highest end build, coupled with Klaus Scheller Engraved Tuning Machines with Michael’s stamp.  The woods are especially selected for his highest end model, including the Cocobolo RW.

Apparently, there is a 3 year waiting list for one of his guitars, and growing.  The guitar is very active, bold, forceful and clear in all registers.

The owner wishes a more traditional build, thus offering this excellent example of Michael’s work with some honest and fairly light play wear.  There are some nail scratches above the rosette, bass side that showed up in the photos.  They are also evident on the treble side of the rosette, down to the binding area of the treble side, parallel to the center of the rosette.  They did not show up in photos, but they are there.  From a few feet away, you will not see them, but full disclosure always.  Back and sides look phenomenal.   I took quadrant photos of the top, but nothing is really popping out at me regarding this guitar.  I attempted to darken and highlight contrast, but they are simply not showing up.  (See photos attached toward the end of the shoot).  I’m doing this now for all “Pre-Owned” guitars, taking specific quadrant photos to show you exactly what is going on with a guitar, if anything.  The case is a BAM XL which is wonderfully light and protective case, with clearly a bit of use on her.  Again, see photos.

Eye Candy is a term we use quite a bit when appropriate here in the gallery.  This guitar has a whole big bag of eye candy all to itself (quite selfish, actually LOL).  Fortunately, she also has a voice to match.



Please note that photos can be enlarged.  Right click any photo in the larger window, select “Open Image in New TAB” (if you’re using Chrome.  Any other browser has similar options). Look at the other TAB and you will be able to enlarge via the magnifying glass.  Simply click the image and she will double in size for your convenience.

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 –  230327-2019 Michael O’Leary 236 Cedar Cocobolo Exclusive – phenomenal guitar, from appearance to voice and play.  Superb!


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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1




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 – 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 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 concert level guitars come with a standard accessory package including extras sets of strings, humidifier, headstock tuner, nail buffer and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar. It is my way of saying thank you for doing business with me and Savage Classical Guitar.  Rich


This classical guitar carries No Warranty as it 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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