Manuel Adalid Model 12 Cedar Granadillo 640mm


Manuel Adalid Model 12 with Beautiful Western Red Cedar & Central South American Granadillos in the classical bold Spanish style.

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Manuel Adalid Model 12 Cedar Granadillo 640mm

ModelManuel Adalid Model 12 Cedar Granadillo Classical Guitar
ConditionBrand New
FinishLacquer – lightly and tastefully done
TunersVan Gent from Germany
CaseCrossRock 620 Black HSC or equivalent

Tone Woods

TopSelect Western Red Cedar – I do not carry the Spruce
Sides/BackGranadillo also known as Macacauba, and Amazon Rosewood
Neck Spanish Cedar
Truss Rod No
BridgeIndian Rosewood
Head PlatePau Ferro
Fingerboard Ebony
Binding Rosewoods and Maples


Nut Width50-51mm
String Spacings43mm – 51mm- 58mm (1st – 12th – Bridge)
Overall length 39″
Body length 19″
Upper bout width10 5/8″
Waist Width 8 3/4″
Lower bout width 14″
Body depths3 13/16″ Upper Bout & 4 1/8″ Lower Bout”  – upper to lower bouts
Guitar Weight4 lbs 0 oz.
Action 3.5mm & 3mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted
CITES Not required – read link to the left

Manuel Adalid Model 12 Cedar Granadillo Classical Guitar 640mm


The Adalid Model 12, built by Esteve Guitarras, is a full bodied seriously robust Spanish Guitar, all solid wood with the result being a rounder, louder and richer tone with more projection, more so than even the Adalid 9C/B and the Adalid Model 11, both of which are excellent guitars.

Please note that this listing is for the 640mm version of the Model 12.  I do have Cedar 650mm versions as well, which is listed separately.

The 640mm variation is a custom build for me by Manuel Adalid.  It is appropriate for those with a thumb tip to pinky tip spread of 8-9″.  This is a generalization, of course, but I do find this works for the majority of players.  If you are at 7 3/4″ you can probably consider a 640mm version rather easily, especially with good playing posture.

The Western Red Cedar is remarkably beautiful, while the Granadillo is equally so for the back and sides, all solid. The fingerboard is ebony.   The action is set up moderately low.

At a price tag of under $3000 everything included, this guitar is an incredible value.  It is difficult to find a true Spanish build, but of course Manuel Adalid can be considered the epitome of such luthiers, building for many of the other Spanish houses.  The name Adalid as well as Esteve, both owned by Manuel and his partners,  are considered among the penultimate Spanish name in classical and flamenco style guitars in the Valencia region of Spain.

This is a great guitar in every way.  See photos in the gallery.

The price includes a Black CrossRock HSC (this will be the case of choice) or something equivalent, along with our Accessory Package.  The price of the overall guitar has gone up significantly, including cost, shipping and Customs/Duty.  The guitar cannot be sold for less than offered, so please, do not ask.  Thank you kindly for your understanding.  Richard

Please note that Granadillo is harvested from Mexico, Central America all the way down to the Brazilian Amazon regions of South America.  It is called many names, including Macacauba, Amazon Rosewood, also known as Trebol, Nambar and Guayacan.  It is considered a rare wood.  Technically, it is not a Rosewood (Dalbergia), but from the genus, Platymiscium, where Manuel chooses the specific, Platymiscium yacatanum, which is very close in its chemical and physical properties to a rosewood. P. yucatanum: Granadillo that is indigenous to the Yucatan peninsula of southern Mexico, Belize and northern Guatemala and is known for more saturated color tones and frequent figuring in the logs. Found to be slightly denser than the other granadillo species (1).  It is a fairly dense wood, somewhat difficult to work with, as it can easily blunt many cutting tools.  Grain can turn out easily, but the wood finishes very nicely.  A very pretty wood (as you can see in my photographs), exotic, an excellent wood for instruments, it smells great too.  The wood is prized for its reddish coloring, featuring a variety of other coloration, while considered a premier choice for musical instruments.  It is also referenced as “La Madera Que Canta” or the Wood That Sings.  Quite appropriate as these are fabulously musical guitars.

(1) taken from Savage

Also please note that string spacings and nut width are approximate and can vary slightly from guitar to guitar.



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

Please NOTE that photos of all “production guitars” are stock photos, taken randomly for our numerous selection of guitars, whether they be from Kenny Hill – Esteve – Adalid or others.  It is virtually impossible and arduous to photograph each of our available production guitars.  I am, however, happy to take a few photos for you of any particular guitar with which your are interested.

Handcrafted instruments are photographed and listed individually, usually identified by a serial number, date and or some other combination.

MP3 Audio – 230825-Manuel Adalid Model 12 Cedar Granadillos 640mm – a more updated recording (I could do better LOL) but it gives you a nice range on the guitar.  It is quite powerful (I had to lower the levels after the recording, they were popping red).  I should be surprised, but I’m not, this is a great guitar at the price point.  The recording needs to be redone.  No question.  Chops are so bad, LOL  Memory too for that matter.  Yikes!!  The good news is you are hearing the guitar unedited, clearly!  LOL



Premium Single Arch Top HardShell Case (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 – 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!

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 guitars come with a standard accessory package including extra sets of strings, humidifier and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar.  This is our small way of saying thank you for doing business with Savage Classical Guitar – Rich


This classical guitar carries a 1 year warranty

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: rsayage1 @


Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions46 × 19 × 9 in
Tone Wood


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