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2023 Silvia Zanchi Italian Spruce Blackwood Ltd Edition


An amazing guitar by the Italian Luthier – Classical guitar with superb traditional voice

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2023 Silvia Zanchi Italian Spruce Blackwood Ltd Edition


Model2023 Silvia Zanchi Italian Spruce Blackwood Ltd Edition
ConditionNew – Showroom Condition
Scale650 mm
FinishFrench Polish
TunersPagos Machines from Italy with Snakewood Buttons
CaseCibeles C210.003C-PL HSC fits the guitar perfectly

Tone Woods

TopSelect Flamed Italian Spruce, source is Val di Fiemme (Stradivari’s spruce)
Sides/BackMalaysian Blackwood – Gorgeous woods
NeckFlamed Cedrela or Spanish Cedar Mahogany
BridgeMadagascar Rosewood – see below for further woods used in guitar
Head PlateBlackwood
FingerboardEbony (Diospyros ebenum) via Cameroon – canted for relief


Nut Width52mm
String Spacings44.5mm-50mm-57mm at 1st fret-12th fret-saddle
Overall length 39 1/4″
Body length 19 1/4″
Upper bout width 11 3/16″
Waist Width 9 1/4″
Lower bout width 14 9/16″
Body depths 3 9/16″ & 3 13/16″ upper bout to lower bout
Weight 3lbs. & 11oz.
Action4.1mm to 3.5mm at low E and high E 12th fret unfretted
CITESNot required, read link to the left

2023 Silvia Zanchi Italian Spruce Blackwood Ltd Edition


I was fortunate enough to meet with one of the most talented luthiers from Italy, a few years ago in Rome at the Roma Expo, a wonderful experience for me personally.  I have found that luthier relationships take a long while to develop, where she has trusted me with her latest work.  I am honored.

She has sent me her 2023 Silvia Zanchi Italian Spruce Blackwood Ltd Edition.  This guitar was scheduled to go to the Roma Expo of 2023, as well as her 2023 Silvia Zanchi Italian Spruce Pau Ferro Ltd Edition.  She did not bring them, as we were negotiating bringing them to the gallery.  She ended up bringing one instrument to the Expo, where neither of the guitars presented made it to the show.

This, the LE, standing for Limited Edition, meant to highlight her best artisan work, is a special instrument, with her choices of select and rare woods, incredible purfling and rosette work.  The guitar and its presentation speak for itself.  Not much I can add, except to say, look at the wood?  The Spruce is flamed, shimmering!  The Blackwood is stunning.  Gods, I do love this lady!  The tasteful elegance, the mathematics, the symmetry, present a wondrous example of the Italian School of Lutherie and a statement of graceful class from Silvia Zanchi.

The guitar is beautiful.  The materials used in her presentation are magnificent, including, the rosette made of wood (note the flamed cedrela purflings), metal (small brass rectangular frames; inside them there are padouk or maple with a black frame), mop and abalone dots, synthetic resin; The bindings are made of snakewood. In the purflings of back and sides you can find abalone, in the purflings of the soundboard you can find strips of wood and other two made of brass; part of the label is drawn by Silvia, where the design is repeated within the rosette.  There is also a 7th fret dot on the fretboard.  The guitar is strung with Savarez ARJ 540s.  The guitar is finished with the finest Pagos Machines with fine milled engraving and Snakewood Buttons.

These are my 4th and 5th guitars from Silvia.  She is so bloody tasteful, and clearly a master of her work.  I am so pleased with the guitars, I wrote to Silvia immediately.  Simply Superb!

I took an extra shot of the top, one where I increased the contrast, so that you can see the bearclaw in the top clearly.

You can read more about Silvia Zanchi here.

From Silvia directly:
Spruce – Blackwood
Soundboard: Bearclaw Spruce
Back and Sides: Blackwood
Neck: Cedrela
Fingerboard: Ebony
Bridge: Madagascar Rosewood with black mop frame
Tuning Machines: Italian handmade Pagos with black mother of pearls knobs and a finely engraved plate (snake skin)
Nut and saddle: Mother of pearl – bone (both)
Decorations (purflings, bindings, bridge, hell capping, decoration at the end of the sides..): Wood (flamed cedrela, flamed mahogany, abalone, mop, brass, synthetic resin
Strings length: 650 mm
Strings: Savarez 540 ARJ
Finishing: Shellac
Two carbon bars + one trussrod in the neck, dot at the VII fret (copper + mop), both nut and saddle are made of mother of pearl (you have another set made of bone, too), new decorations at the hell capping and at the end of the sides, bindings made of flamed mahogany
Part of the label is drawn by me.


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 Audio230713-2023 Silvia Zanchi Italian Spruce Blackwood Ltd Edition – saving the best for last, this amazing guitar, is simply just that, amazing!  A pleasure.

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 – 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.  

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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 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
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in
Tone Wood

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