2023 Matt Rubendall German Spruce Malaysian Blackwood 650mm


Double sides adding stiffness and support to a guitar designed to be driven.  Nice!  Incredible Malaysian Blackwood with a perfect Spruce Top

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2023 Matt Rubendall German Spruce Malaysian Blackwood 650mm


Model2023 Matt Rubendall German Spruce Malaysian Blackwood 650mm
ConditionNew – GFA Exhibition guitar
Scale650 mm
FinishFrench Polished
TunersPremium Alessi Machines
CaseCrossRock HSC in Black – Model 5000

Tone Woods

TopSelect Spruce  – fan braced all wood decidedly Spruce in affect
Sides/BackMalaysian Blackwood – Double Sided – solid – see below
NeckHonduran Mahogany – adjustable – easy to manipulate
Head PlateWalnut
FingerboardAfrican Ebony – elevated – nice!
BindingMalaysian Blackwood
PurflingsMalaysian Blackwood



Nut Width52mm at the nut, 62 neck width at the 12th fret
String Spacings43mm – 53mm – 63mm (1st – 12th- Bridge)
Neck Depths21mm and 25mm at 1st fret and 9th fret
Overall length39 1/8″
Body length19 1/8″
Upper bout width11″
Waist width9 1/2″
Lower bout width14 3/8″
Body depths3 5/8″ Upper Bout & 3 5/8″ Lower Bout
Guitar Weight4lbs & 5oz.
Action3.7mm at the low E 3.2mm at the high E

2023 Matt Rubendall German Spruce Malaysian Blackwood 650mm


Matt continues a fine tradition of New York City guitar building, coupling power and song in his latest offerings.  Powerful and expressive, I was immediately impressed by her total experience.  Singing, balanced, with projection and power.  Matt is a driven builder, doing things his way, which I respect greatly.  His commitment to doing what is best for the guitar, not being distracted by the “latest” craze, means that the guitar you own from Mr. Rubendall is pure in its goal.  Be musical, be a concert classical guitar, with voice and power.

The sides and back are double walled, formed and glued together, adding a distinct stiffness to the overall structure.  The internal back wood is a Big Leaf Maple, while the internal sides are mahogany.

GFA Exhibit guitar, built especially for the 2023 GFA in NYC.  Phenomenal guitar that no one picked up while there?  Seriously?  Yes sir, no brainer for me and the gallery.  Love Matt’s work.  Alessi Machines, higher end CrossRock case, Blackwood, Spruce, the workmanship.  Yeah, mine, mine, all mine!  LOL  Daffy Duck baby.

The guitar demands high tension strings giving you push from the soundboard and the box as a whole.  It is a distinct pleasure to play this guitar.

Matt’s workmanship and attention to detail is superb.  His knowledge of the guitar is massive.  It shows in his builds.  This is an excellent concert classical guitar in every regard.



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 – 231014-2023 Matt Rubendall German Spruce Malaysian Blackwood 650mm – Great guitar, very clear, bright, coloration, nuance, with lots of power and voice.  Pretty as all get out.

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

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1





Premium Single Arch Top or Double Arch HSC is included in your purchase price.

Please DO NOT Choose USPS Media Mail to ship a guitar or a Hard Shell Case or Accessories, such  tuning machines – this shipping method is designed for Media, Books, CDS, DVDs, etc.  

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 Savage Classical Guitar 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@savageclassical.com

Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions46 × 19 × 9 in

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