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Kenny Hill Performance #3970 Spruce EIRW 650mm


Kenny Hill Performance Series 650mm Spruce Double Top – Lattice Braced – Classical Guitar #3970 – American made

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Kenny Hill Performance #3970 Spruce EIRW 650mm

Classical Guitar and Features

ModelKenny Hill Performance #3970 Spruce EIRW 650mm
ConditionPre-Owned – Mint – Showroom Condition
Scale650 mm
FinishShellac also known as French Polished
TunersGotoh Machines
PortsDouble Ported on either side of the heel
BracingLattice Bracing
Truss RodLightweight double-acting truss rod
CaseGuardian Vintage HSC – HSC in black tolex with green velvet

Tone Woods

TopSelect Engelman Spruce (Double Top – with Western Red Cedar underside – both tops are master grade) – Damann style double top comprised of Western Red Cedar, Euro Spruce and Nomex
Sides/BackEast Indian Rosewood
NeckSpanish Cedar with lightweight truss rod (all Hill Guitars have a truss rod)
BridgeEast Indian Rosewood
Head PlateEast Indian Rosewood
BindingMahogany with various stained woods


Nut Width51mm
String Spacings43mm – 50mm – 58mm  (nut – 12th – bridge)
Overall length39 1/4″
Body length19 1/4″
Upper bout width11 1/4″
Lower bout width14 1/4″
Body depths3 3/4″ – 4″
Weight3lbs & 12oz.
CITESEligible due to Pre-Convention Status – $100 fee to process

Comparison of Performance and Signature Series Classical Guitars

Performance SeriesSignature Series
Traditional fingerboardElevated fingerboard
Solid wood sides without the laminateLaminated cypress layered double sides within the Solid East Indian Rosewood ala Ramirez 1As
Traditional scarf jointV joint for the headstock
Double Ported on either side of the heelDouble Ported on either side of the heel
Spanish Cedar with lightweight truss rod (all Hill Guitars have a truss rod)Spanish Cedar with lightweight truss rod (all Hill Guitars have a truss rod)
Head Plate – East Indian RosewoodHead Plate – East Indian Rosewood and Maple
Bridge – 12 hole tie block – Indian RosewoodBridge – 12 hole tie block – Indian Rosewood
Ebony FingerboardEbony Fingerboard
Gotoh 35G1800 Tuning MachinesPremium Sloane Tuning Machines
Marker dot at the seventh fretMarker dot at the seventh fret
French PolishedFrench Polished
Lattice Bracing – all woodLattice Bracing – all wood
Lightweight double-acting truss rodLightweight double-acting truss rod
Double Ported on either side of the heelDouble Ported on either side of the heel
20th Fret Extension with high CNormal Fret Extension with High B
Humicase Protege or Hill Custom Single Arch Top HSCDouble Arch Top HSC or Metro Humicase

Kenny Hill Performance #3970 Spruce EIRW 650mm


First note that this is the American version of the Performance built in Ben Lomond by Kenny Hill.  I love the power and the voice of this guitar.  She’s very sensitive while having the ability to power through the concert hall.  Clear, ringing, blooming basses and piercing trebles, if you wish it.  This is a superb guitar.

Quick attack, buttery feel, creamy sound, loud as all get out. Please…these guitars are awesome!

The sound, the power, the voice and the sheer joy you experience picking up this guitar can be very surprising.

They are quite powerful and very musical.

For those needing a smaller guitar, Please See My 630 and 640 Scale Performance Guitars as well

Please read more about the luthier, Kenny Hill, here

They are always more powerful than you expect.  Much more.  The guitar will not be discounted, reflecting the difficulty in acquiring this guitar.  If you see a discount, jump on it.

Special Note: This particular guitar is very responsive.  Beautiful voice, with nice deep basses and singing trebles.



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 – 180429-hill-performance-3970-spruce – superb guitar, I drift around here (having a bit of a bad day, I’ll get over it), but I was listening as much as I was playing, getting distracted (fun! not), and playing more.  Off the cuff, with almost no reverb.  Enjoy.


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 always included in your purchase price.
Insured FedEx Ground, USPS Ground or USPS Priority/Express Shipping is included to the 50 US
Anywhere else is subject to the most recent quote from USPS
Please write to me for a detailed quote for International Shipping.

Very Important for International Clients, including Canada…Please note that we will NOT accept PayPal or any International Credit Card 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, nail buffer and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar. It is my way of saying thank you for doing business with me and Savage Classical Guitar.  Rich



This classical guitar carries a 1 year warranty thru Kenny Hill Guitars and facilitated by me

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: [email protected]

Additional information

Weight20 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in

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