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1961 Hernandez y Aguado Style Classical Guitar, Redwood/Indian Rosewood, For Sale

The partnership of Manuel Hernandez and Victoriano Aguado was one of the most successful in guitar making history.

Roy Courtnall, Making Master Guitars, 1993

Please note that this guitar is currently for sale at Savage Classical Guitar. Please click here to see this guitar!

I made this guitar several years ago, but because of custom orders, I had to set it aside. I put strings on it two weeks ago and it is a most magnificent sounding guitar! It has good, clear separation string to string, wonderful sustain with evenness and balance throughout with a very lyrical voice. I originally made this guitar for myself, but someone with a good strong technique and a good understanding of musical interpretation should own this guitar and play it on a regular basis.



This guitar is a fairly close copy of a guitar made by Hernandez y Aguado in 1961. The body length is 480mm, most of the HyA guitars had a body length of 490mm; string length is 650mm, many were 655mm and longer; other than that I trie…

A Few Thoughts on Classic Guitar Bracing

The guitar is complex, mystifying, forever trying to equal its powerful enchantment with that of its equally bewitching and enigmatic qualities...

Jose Ramirez III, Things About the Guitar, 1990


A young classical guitarist, let's call her Virginia, recently forwarded me a link to another guitar maker's website, a steel string maker who makes some really nice guitars and has some definite ideas on how to make a steel string guitar sound loud! She asked if I agree with this maker's take on guitar bracing.


In the page that I was forwarded, the maker states that he braces the guitar's top so the bridge is locked in place - reduce movement of the bridge and more of the strings' energy is transmitted to the top.

Yes, I agree with that, reducing the bridge's movement has been discussed quite a bit in several papers on guitar acoustics. If anyone is interested in reading several articles on guitar acoustics, which include illustrations of how a guitar top moves when a…