2020 Simon Ambridge #280 Spruce EIRW


A superb guitar from the English Master Luthier – Simon Ambridge using a beautiful Spruce and East Indian Rosewood with Klaus Scheller Tuning Machines.

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2020 Simon Ambridge #280 Spruce EIRW

Model2020 Simon Ambridge #280 Spruce EIRW
ConditionPre-Owned in Excellent Condition
Scale650 mm
FinishFrench Polished
TunersScheller Machines – gorgeous, high end German machines
CaseHiscox LiteFlite Pro II Case – black, heavy duty

Tone Woods

TopSelect German Spruce
Sides/BackEIRW (East Indian Rosewood) – absolutely stunning
NeckHonduran  Cedar
BracingFan Braced
Head PlateEIRW RW


Nut Width51.5mm
String Spacing44mm, 50mm, 57mm (nut, 12th, bridge)
Upper Bout Width10 3/4″
Waist Width 9 1/8″
Lower Bout Width14 1/4″
Body Depths3 1/2″ upper bout – 3 3/4″ lower bout
Body Length19 1/8″
Total Length38 7/8″
Action4mm & 3mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
Guitar Weight3lb & 3oz
CITESNot Required – EIRW is not restricted under 10kg…see link to left

2020 Simon Ambridge #280 Spruce EIRW


The guitar is a continuing example of the high level of build that Simon is known for, being highly coveted.  The guitar has a clean bold sound, musical, expressive, with sufficient power for a small concert hall.

A setup was performed, helping the guitar show her true colors, strung with D’Addario Normal Tension EJ-45’s.  I found her a complete experience, a joy to play and listen to in the playing of Bach and Weiss, some of my own stuff.  I love when a guitar makes me smile and laugh.  I know I found a great one.

The case is a typical Hiscox Lite Flite Pro II – their second iteration of a big, heavy duty case that is not overly heavy, by any means.  I’ve seen this case before, fitted for the neck, cushions press in all the right places, the guitar fits the case well.  I cannot recall the name, but I believe it is an English version of the TKL, fitted a bit better than said TKL

The wear on the guitar is minimal.  Almost imperceptible nail marks on the top, in and around the rosette.  The superlative East Indian Rosewood is striking, straight grained, with again, minimal marking, i.e. button rash or slight rubbing.  Difficult to see except under broad daylight and close inspection.

The Klaus Scheller machines, among the finest in the world, are built in that typical Scheller style where the buttons are a touch smaller, elegant and graceful with an overall smoothness of turn and accuracy which is enviable.

The setup is superb, easily played, yet able to be driven with aggressive Right Hand (RH) velocity.  The guitar was noted as playing between F# and G natural, within the quarter tone range and I have confirmed this fact.  It gives it a resonance that is most desirable, allowing sustain in the unexpected places along the high E string.

In a phrase, it’s just plain old fun to play!

Simon has gotten away from model numbers where he now builds his own Concert Model, based on combinative features of the Hauser, Torres and slight touches of Romanillos.  The former 2 of which Simon is considered a foremost expert.

Simon builds out of his studios in Dartingon, Devon, England.

Please note that this guitar is eligible for International Shipping, though it is preferred to be sold within the USA or North America.  You are welcome to personally come to the gallery to pick the guitar up.  Otherwise, the guitar should be sold domestically within the USA.  The buyer assumes all responsibility once it leaves our gallery.  Thank you kindly for your understanding.  Richard



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

Please note that dust is an issue of late, especially with 5 humidifiers running within my gallery space.  We do our best to wipe things down between each shot, but the dust can be pervasive as a result of the humidity issues required in this colder, dryer weather.  I also run air purifiers within the space.  It does not help that much.  I have to say this out loud as I do not edit the photos.  There is full transparency here, as always, in my discussions, photos, recordings, etc.  It is never about tricking any of you.  It is about absolute and full disclosure so that you know exactly what you are looking at any time you visit my gallery or my site.

MP3 Audio  – 240124-2020 Simon Ambridge 280 Spruce EIRW – such a great guitar, clear, bold, solid in her voices with separation, balanced, colorful and expressive.  The guitar is still developing, where she is already singing with blooming basses and driven mids.  Simon is clearly a master luthier, stating the obvious.  Lovely instrument.

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 No Warranty from the luthier 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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