New-York, NY, USA: Savage Classical Guitars

Guitar No.164 now in stock.

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Finding rosewood planks thick and wide enough to carve a solid back is almost impossible these days. I do have some old Indian Rosewood bought over 15 years ago, it came from an old stash found in a warehouse somewhere in Germany. “It is from the 70s” my dealer said. I believed him since the wood under the dust was dark, high density and tight grain. This was exactly like the “first growth” Indian rosewood that could still be bought decades ago. The planks were from consecutively cut sequences, meaning that they’re all coming from the same tree, a rare find. The only issue was their narrow size.

I was looking for a elegant solution to make a “three-piece back” guitar and use that wood. The solution was to make the width of that third (middle) piece the same as the heel, and why not make the demarcation clearer with a purfling instead of trying to hide it?

Last July, Bruce Holzman who has seen and tried it for a few days describe the guitar as such: “It is beautiful…very well balance.” He now owns No.165, the Madagascar rosewood sister of this guitar.


Top: Western Red Cedar

Back & sides: Indian Rosewood

Neck: Honduras Mahogany

Fingerboard: Black Ebony

Tuners: Rodgers L100

Frets: Medium size, stainless steel

Finish on the top: French Polish

Finish on  body: Thin polyurethane finish


Scale: 650 mm

Neck width at the nut 52.6mm

Neck width at 12thfret 63.6mm

Neck thickness at 1stfret 22 mm

Neck thickness at  8thfret 23.5mm

String spacing (E to E) at the nut: 41.5mm

String spacing at the bridge: 58 mm

Strings: Augustine Imperial / Savarez Alliance (on G string only)

Action: Medium action saddle on the guitar, low and high action saddles included

Intonation sytems Credit to Greg Byers

Case: Double arch wooden case in black

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