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2020 Manuel Adalid Romantica Lacote Spruce Maple 628mm


Manuel Adalid Romantica Classical Guitar 630mm Scale Length with Spruce and Flamed Maple

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2020 Manuel Adalid Romantica Lacote Spruce Maple 628mm


Model2020 Manuel Adalid Romantica Lacote Spruce Maple 628mm
ConditionNEW – just arrived #004 (my own designation)
Scale628 mm
FinishFrench Polished Top – Lacquer Back & Sides
TunersCustom Fustero Machines – quite nice
CaseSmall Lacote sized Spanish HSC in black

Tone Woods

TopSelect German Spruce
Sides/BackFlamed Maple
NeckBrazilian Cedar
BridgeEast Indian Rosewood
Head PlateEast Indian Rosewood
FingerboardAfrican Ebony
BindingFlamed Maple


Nut Width48mm at the nut
String Spacings40mm – 48mm- 57mm (1st – 12th – Bridge)
Neck Depths21mm and 23mm at 1st fret and 9th fret
Overall length36 3/4″
Body length17 3/8″
Upper bout width9 1/8″
Lower bout width11 7/8″
Waist width7 1/4″
Body depths3 1/8″ Upper Bout & 3 3/16″ Lower Bout
Action3.5mm to 3.0mm Low E to High E
Weight2lbs & 12oz.
CITESEligible – non-protected woods


Meeting Manuel Adalid was a special treat for me, knowing of his longstanding pedigree in the industry, as well as his work ethic.   Playing some of his concert classical guitars was an equal pleasure.  I decided then and there that I would have Manuel’s best work in my own gallery.   From the Lacote to the Torres to the Hauser to his own Anniversario, I was so immensely taken with his guitar’s ability to voice the music authentically, with subtlety, and with grace.

The Romantica or Lacote Model Classical Guitar (really, she is a Romantic Guitar) is truly gorgeous, actually built by Juan Hernandez.  She is an amazing little guitar in the 19th Century style and it really does come off as authentic.  From the look, feel, woods, play and sound, I found it a lot of fun to play, though a touch small for me personally.  If you’re a smaller body type, with a good fit for 630mm scale guitars, playing a lot of Carcassi, Sor, Aguado, et al, along with some modern repertoire, I can’t see you going wrong here.  Honestly, I don’t see why early Renaissance and Baroque music wouldn’t work on her as well.  I mean, this is a really nice guitar with serious punch and good volume.

This is a 628mm (630mm scale length guitar, which is compensated), thus you will definitely feel a difference in the size of the body as well as the scale length, which is perfect for someone that has around an 7″-8.50″ span between pinky and thumb.

It is very comfortable, surprisingly so, at least for me.  I must be getting older.  I used to play 664 and 660 scale classical guitars.  Now I’m finding that 640 and 630mm don’t bother me at all if they have decent space in the neck and strings.

The measurements are above for your convenience, so that you can compare to a regular sized classical guitar.

What a gorgeous light and seriously Romantic sound to her, all the while able to handle any of the repertoire you might wish to play.  I will probably record some Aguado or Sor with her.  I ended up going with an old anonymous Renaissance piece called “The Cobbler”, which has a light and airy feel to it, highlighting some of the qualities of this authentic sounding instrument.

The build is superb, authentic, with the bindings and rosette you expect from a typical Romantic Guitar or Lacote type instrument, light with excellent play, sound and projection.  It is one of the reasons I wanted these guitars here by Manuel.  I played one at the NAMM Show back in early 2013, wholly impressed by this guitar and all the others I laid hands on.  I had to have them here, given the build and the price point of in and around $5K

The Spruce, a German Species was handled by Manuel in a very old manner, giving the guitar an aged look.  Very appropriate for these historically based classical guitars.  The Flamed Maple is spectacular.

I’m going to love recording these guitars, especially the Torres and the Lacote models I received.

The price includes a Custom Esteve Black HSC fitting the guitar perfectly.  Shipping is not included…see below.



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 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 – 201126-2020 Manuel Adalid Romantica Lacote Spruce Maple 628mm – it’s kind of incredible for someone to build such an authentic sounding and playing guitar in the 19th Century style.  Piercing, definitely to the treble side of the spectrum, from a balance point of view, as it should be in the favor of Sor, Aguado, Carcassi, et al as a style.  19th Century French and English music come off quite nicely on a guitar such as this.


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.


This classical guitar carries a 1 year warranty

Please read my Return PolicyPlease inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: rich @ savageclassical . com

Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in

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