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2020 Len Laviolette #146 Spruce CSA


An excellent Double Top offering with Brazilian Rosewood by Len Laviolette of California

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2020 Len Laviolette #146 Spruce CSA


Model2020 Len Laviolette #146 Spruce CSA
Scale650 mm – compensated
FinishLacquer – thinly applied
TunersSchaller Grand Tune Premium Tuning Machines
CaseHumicase Protege Single arch HSC with velvet interior

Tone Woods

TopEngelmann Spruce – beautiful
Sides/BackCSA RW (Brazilian Rosewood) – striking markings
BridgeMacassar Ebony
Fingerboard Indonesian Ebony
RosetteCustom rosette by Len
Bindings Macassar Ebony
Headplate Macassar Ebony


Nut Width 54mm
String Spacing 45mm – 51mm – 59mm
Overall length 39 3/4″
Body length 19 1/2″
Upper bout width 11″
Waist width 9 1/8″
Lower bout width 14 3/4″
Body depths 3 13/16″ & 4″ (neck to tail)
Guitar Weight 5lbs. & 2oz.
Action 3.1mm to 2.25mm  low E to High E 12th unfretted
CITES Ineligible, paperwork is not available for this guitar – please read link to the left

2020 Len Laviolette #146 Spruce CSA


Just arrived, this guitar is another superb example of the beauty, warmth, roundness and clarity of Engelmann Spruce used as a top soundboard!  The Brazilian Rosewood (CSA standing for Central South American RW) is superb as well, lending a bell like quality to the trebles.  I found the guitar having plenty of bass response while driving in the mids, piercing in the highs.  Pretty, full bodied voice, very powerful as well, and easy to play.  The Double Top works well, while not overpowering any aspect of the guitar.  I was surprised by how round she sounds, with nothing shrill or unexpected.

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.  I’ve changed photography angles on some of the shots, in that you can see imperfections and checking in the back woods, as well as the soundboard and neck.  I will be doing this going forward with all front and back shots, shooting quadrants up-close for various used and or vintage instruments.  This to ease my overall transparency to prospective buyers, as I’m all about full disclosure.   In the end, it simply makes sense to do this.

He included a comfortable armrest as well as Schaller Grand Tune Premium Tuning Machines.  Schaller has a wide selection 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 Audio201120-2020 Len Laviolette 146 Spruce CSA – Beautiful guitar, what an incredibly soft to powerful voice.

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 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. -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