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2019 Wilson Burnham Elena Redwood EIRW


Burnham Guitars – Wilson’s 4th guitar to us using another favorite wood, Redwood!

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2019 Wilson Burnham Elena Redwood EIRW


Model2019 Wilson Burnham Elena Redwood EIRW – named “Elena”
Scale652 mm – compensated
Finish French Polish
Tuners Gilber Individual Tuning Machines – very nice, black on black
CaseHiscox Lite Flite HSC with velvet interior

Tone Woods

TopRedwood from Oregon Wildwood
Sides/Back East Indian Rosewood (EIRW) from the stock of the late Weissenreider
NeckSpanish Cedar neck
Bridge EIRW w/MOP tie block cover
Fingerboard Indonesian Ebony
RosetteRussian style rosette
BindingsIndonesian Ebony
HeadplateIndonesian Ebony


Nut Width 52mm
String Spacing 43.5mm 49.5mm  57mm at bridge
Overall length 38 3/4″
Body length 19 1/8
Upper bout width 10 7/8″
Waist width 9 1/8″
Lower bout width 14 1/4″
Body depths 3 9/16″ & 3 13/16″ (neck to tail)
Guitar Weight 3lbs. & 4oz.
Action 3.75mm to 3.2mm
CITES Ineligible – please read link to the left

2019 Wilson Burnham Elena Redwood EIRW


Just arrived, this guitar, named “Elena”, is another superb example of the beauty and warmth of Western Redwood used as a top soundboard!  Pretty, full bodied voice, very powerful as well, and easy to play.  Excellent work by the master luthier from Colorado.  Wilson’s work was intriguing and accessible price-wise to me.   I was pleasantly surprised at how easily she plays, her warmth, clarity and projection.  The guitar is strung with Savarez Corum high tension strings.

Description from Wilson himself is attached below

French polish
Gilbert individual tuners
Hiscox case
Redwood top
Honduras mahogany neck
EIRW bridge with MOP tie block cover
Indonesia ebony fretboard
Indonesia ebony bindings and head plate
Standard nickel frets
Savarez Corum high tension strings
“The EIRW back and sides are part of twenty sets I purchased from Lynn Weissenrieder, father of the late John Weissenrieder, in March 2019.
The redwood I purchased from Oregon Wildwood, and if you need me to I can email receipts for the ebony I used for head plate and bindings. I had originally ordered Gilbert traditional tuners, but Greg Montis sent me the individual tuners instead.
I put strings on this guitar September 19, 2019, it is brand spanking new!  I showed it at the Denver Guitar Festival and Competition at the Lamont School of Music, Denver University, September 21-22, 2019. It was well received by everyone, especially by Laura Husbands, DU professor and Steven Lerman, winner of the competition.”
She has voice and is quite powerful.  I’m looking forward to recording with the guitar today!

He’s a character too.  Look at his photo, you can see it in his eyes!  LOL  Good guy.

Wilson Burnham in his workshop

Wilson Burnham in his workshop

Best and feel free to give me a ring to discuss at 631-335-5447, ask for Rich

About Wilson Burnham – “I hand craft classical guitars in a small studio outside of Allen’s Park, Colorado.

I use only hand tools and high quality woods to make my guitars. This allows me to make a guitar that has a true singing voice, one that is loud and has a large range of tonal colors and nuances.

As a classical guitar player myself, I know the joy of playing a truly wonderful guitar – one that sings, is responsive to your playing style, is easy to play with a voice that reaches the last row of seats in a recital or concert hall, and most of all, a guitar that you fall in love with so much you never want to stop playing it.

That is the kind of guitar that I make.” – Wilson Burnham



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 Audio191016-2019 Wilson Burnham Elena Redwood EIRW – warm, dark and beautiful, with lilting highs that ring out above the voice, while the basses whoosh and blossom.  Man, that’s a great guitar.

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 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

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in

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