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2022 Zebulon Turrentine #76 Elegy Cedar Wenge 640


Zebulon Turrentine – what a great name, and yes, what a great guitar!

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2022 Zebulon Turrentine #76 Elegy Cedar Wenge 640

Model2022 Zebulon Turrentine #76 “Elegy” Cedar Wenge 640
Scale640 mm
FinishFrench Polished
TunersGilbert Tuning Machines w/Snakewood Buttons

Tone Woods

TopSelect Western Red Cedar – Lattice Braced
Sides/BackWenge – (pronounced Wen – gay) – absolutely stunning
NeckAfrican Mahogany w/Truss Rod, matte finish
BridgeBrazilian RW
BracingLattice braced – all wood, no composite material that I can see
FingerboardEbony, radiused at 32 inches and elevated naturally
Head PlateWenge


Nut Width51mm
String Spacing43mm, 50mm, 58mm (nut, 12th, bridge)
Upper Bout Width11 1/4″
Lower Bout Width14 1/2″
waist width9 1/2″
Body Depths3 5/16″ upper bout, 3 15/16″ lower bout
Body Length19″
Total Length38 3/4″
Guitar Weight4lbs 7 1 oz
Action3.6mm & 3.1mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
CITESNot required – Please read the Link to the left

2022 Zebulon Turrentine #76 Elegy Cedar Wenge 640


The last guitar I had built with Wenge was fantastic, where this magnificent example by Zebulon exceeds expectations.  You can find more about this wood in my Tonewood Discussion

Inspection was more than satisfactory.  The guitar itself is wildly resonant and wholly musical.  Workmanship stellar.  Machines by Gilbert with Snakewood Buttons are an excellent choice.  The elevated Finger Board, with a natural slope to the soundboard, gives incredibly free access to the higher positions.

The room was filled with the sound of the guitar and her play is totally accessible, almost effortless.  I found her pointed, focused, powerful and nuanced.  The radiused board allows for the simplest of playing ease.  I found the guitar on the heavy side as well, measuring in at almost 4 pounds, much like any typical Australian Lattice, but without the curved and arched back  This is the result of a reinforcement of the back and sides, much like a double tapa by the older Contreras house, giving stability and focus to the voices, which this guitar does well.

Please note this is a 640mm scale length guitar, with slightly smaller string spacing and nut width.  I always provide measurements (above) where possible.   Zeb reset the neck, where lowering the action down to 3.6mm and 3.1mm is now the current.  She already played easily, now even more so.

Please read more about Zebulon Turrentine here

Wenge (pronounced WENN-gay) is a relatively unknown wood to most players, and even to most builders. Nevertheless, it’s a superb tonewood with a remarkably clear, ringing taptone that seems to sustain forever. Ervin Somogyi reportedly called Wenge “the new Brazilian rosewood”, and that’s not far off.

The result is a guitar with extraordinary responsiveness, volume, and color.



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 Audio220709-2022 Zebulon Turrentine 76 Elegy Cedar Wenge 640 – this is a superb classical guitar.  Absolutely superb!

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1




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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 from the luthier

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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