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2023 Wilson Burnham “Nina” Bearclaw Sitka Spruce EIRW 640mm


Burnham Guitars – Wilson’s 8th guitar to us using another favorite wood, Bear Claw Sitka Spruce in a smaller 640mm scale length, based on Domingo Esteso’s work

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2023 Wilson Burnham “Nina” Bearclaw Sitka Spruce EIRW 640mm


Model2023 Wilson Burnham “Nina” Bearclaw Sitka Spruce EIRW
Scale640mm – Smaller Scale Classical Guitar
FinishFrench Polish
Tuners Premium Gotoh Tuning Machines
CaseHiscox Lite Flite HSC (black) with velvet interior

Tone Woods

TopSitka Spruce featuring BearClaw – Traditional 5 fan Bracing
Sides/Back East Indian Rosewood (EIRW)
NeckSpanish Cedar neck
Bridge EIRW w/MOP tie block cover
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
RosetteManuel Ramirez style rosette
Bindings EIRW
Headplate EIRW


Nut Width 50mm
String Spacing 41mm – 48mm – 57mm at 1st fret – 12th fret – bridge
Overall length 38 5/8″
Body length 18 3/8″
Upper bout width 10 3/8″
Waist width 8 7/8″
Lower bout width 13 3/4″
Body depths 3 1/2″ & 3 13/16″ (neck to tail)
Guitar Weight 3lbs. & 2oz.
Action 3.9mm to 3.4mm
CITES Not Required for these woods – please read link to the left

2023 Wilson Burnham “Nina” Bearclaw Sitka Spruce EIRW


Wilson Burnham with Nina

Wilson Burnham with Nina

Just arrived, this guitar is another superb example of the beauty, clarity and coloration of a Bear Claw Sitka Spruce used as a top soundboard!  Pretty, actually ridiculously gorgeous, full bodied voice, nuanced and expressive, powerful as well, and easy to play.  Excellent work by the master luthier from Colorado.  Wilson’s work is intriguing and accessible price-wise to me.  Looking forward to seeing her, I was pleasantly surprised at how easily she plays, her warmth, clarity and projection.  The guitar is strung with Savarez Corum high tension strings.

Please Note – The guitar is a 640mm scale length appropriate for those with an 8″-9″ spread (measure your thumb tip to pinky tip comfortably stretched) or if you are having trouble with a 650mm scale in general, i.e. stretches, stamina, pain, etc.  She is a pleasure to play, even for one such as me with a 10″ spread in the hand.

There is a photo of the top that I darkened and one that I lightened to highlight the BearClaw Spruce markings.  It is such a ethereal and translucent experience to look at this guitar.

Further clarification from Wilson on this guitar: “This guitar is based on one made by Domingo Esteso in 1926, you can find a photo of the original guitar in Sheldon Urlik’s book, A Collection of Fine Spanish Guitars, page 62. The original guitar has a five strut fan bracing which I used this guitar and I used a Manuel Ramirez style rosette instead of the original MOP fleur-de-lis inlaid in black mastic. The plantilla, headstock crest design and dimensions are based on the original, I chose to use slight larger body dimensions and string length to make a concert guitar that is attractive to a guitarist with smaller hands. ”

He’s a character too.  Look at his photo, you can see it in his eyes!  LOL  Good guy.

Wilson Burnham in his workshop

Wilson Burnham in his workshop

Best and feel free to give me a ring to discuss at 631-335-5447, ask for Rich

About Wilson Burnham – “I hand craft classical guitars in a small studio within Taos, New Mexico, moving recently from Allen’s Park, Colorado.

I use only hand tools and high quality woods to make my guitars. This allows me to make a guitar that has a true singing voice, one that is loud and has a large range of tonal colors and nuances.

As a classical guitar player myself, I know the joy of playing a truly wonderful guitar – one that sings, is responsive to your playing style, is easy to play with a voice that reaches the last row of seats in a recital or concert hall, and most of all, a guitar that you fall in love with so much you never want to stop playing it.

That is the kind of guitar that I make.” – Wilson Burnham

Wilson wrote to me recently, saying Colorado “got too crowded for us” – all the best to a talented luthier in New Mexico!



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 Audio240124-2023 Wilson Burnham Nina Bearclaw Sitka Spruce EIRW – Guitar is stupid beautiful, with a beautifully balanced, expressive voice, giving you most anything you could want out of a top tier instrument.  Wilson has reached another level.

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.

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!

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 as she is New

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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