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Darren Hippner #966 Starburst Cedar CSA


Western Red Cedar from Canada with CSA RW and interior Cedar lining.  Incredible guitar

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Darren Hippner #966 Starburst Cedar CSA

ModelDarren Hippner #966 Starburst Cedar CSA Classical Guitar
ConditionNew – Showroom Condition – see below description
TunersBaljak – Custom Desert Ironwood
CaseGator Deluxe HSC – Lightweight for ease of travel

Tone Woods

Top Select Master Grade Western Red Cedar
Sides/Back CSA – beautiful Orange and Black Centenario Beam Woods
Neck Honduran Mahogany
Truss Rod No
Bridge Brazilian RW with Ivory 12 Hole Tie Block & MOP Cap
Ports Yes
Head PlateBrazilian RW
Fingerboard Gabon Ebony – Elevated FB naturally
Binding Snakewood


Nut Width 52mm
String Spacings 44mm-50mm-56mm (1st fret – 12th fret at body – saddle)
Overall length 39 1/2″
Body length 19 1/4″
Upper bout width 11″
Waist Width 9 1/2″
Lower bout width 14 1/2″
Body depths 3 1/4″ & 4″  – upper to lower bouts
Guitar Weight 4lbs & 2oz.
Action 4.0mm & 2.5mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
CITESIneligible – paperwork is not available for this guitar

Darren Hippner #966 Starburst Cedar CSA


Gorgeous guitar originally modeled by Darren Hippner or “Doc” as I’ve always called him.  This design uses his Helion original bracing system using all Balsa woods.  How incredibly ingenious this guy is that he has modeled everyone historically, now coming up with his own, (I have to admit, his design makes a lot of sense).  The guitar, much like the other I had here recently (gone in a week, btw), with power and volume that is striking.  I find myself looking down at her, while playing, with a little bit of whoosh coming out of me as she impresses beyond her price point.  Way beyond.  Darren pulls no punches with his own design and builds.  She is very bold looking, equaling her sound and voice.  The Western Red Cedar is exquisite, while the CSA (Brazilian Rosewood) is monstrously beautiful.  Little known fact is that Doc is also a high profile wood dealer, specializing in aged, beautifully marked Sound Board woods and body woods.   He only uses the best of the best, especially with his own builds.  This guitar is an example of such.

The play on her is gorgeous. Powerful, loud, musical and expressive with easy peasy play.

She is brand new, wonderful and gotdam pretty as all get out.  Lovely guitar!

Some issues to note there’s a finish issue in the Brazilian on the lower bout, rings in the woods and such.  Everything is stable and guaranteed by Darren, it is priced accordingly as this is a $6,000 instrument in perfect condition.

Please note the inability to acquire CITES paperwork.  This guitar cannot be sold Internationally unless you wish to personally come to the gallery.



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 Audio – 200725-2020 Darren Hippner 966 Starburst Cedar CSA – superb guitar!  The fretboard is radiused a bit easing play, and the guitar is powerful.  Funnily enough, it plays and sounds wonderful quiet and intimate if you wish it.  The horsepower is there as needed.  Nice!  I play Prelude #15, another Sketch I’m working on, Sam’s Lullaby and a little bit of “Here Comes the Sun”.  I found myself lost in the guitar and then laughing at her sublime greatness.

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 – 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.  Thank you!

Shipping cannot be Free any further as the cost has gone up significantly.  I have added numerous options for you to choose the cost and method, including USPS Priority and Express, as well as FedEx options.  You CANNOT choose USPS Media Mail!  Thank you kindly for your understanding.

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.

All concert level guitars come with a standard accessory package including extras sets of strings, humidifier, headstock tuner, and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar.  Rich



This guitar carries a 1 Year Warranty as it is new from the Luthier

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: rsayage1 at savageclassical dot com

Additional information

Weight20 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in