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                         "Casa Montalvo" guitars are finely crafted beautiful sounding instrument

featuring solid Engelmann Torres style rosetteSpruce or Canadian Red Cedar tops, Mahogany or Spanish Cedar necks and Rosewood or Ebony fingerboards.
The necks are reinforced with a graphite stabilizing bar. The backs and sides are made of solid
 Indian Rosewood, Honduras Rosewood, or Cypress. These woods are well seasoned, and the
guitars are guaranteed for one year against defects in materials or workmanship.

        CASA MONTALVO  guitars are award winning highly affordable instruments produced
 in Mexico for George Katechis Montalvo, a highly skilled master craftsman with experience in all 
aspects of tone production. He has been  repairing and selling musical instruments for 40 years.
He has studied silver and gold smithing, Renaissance and Baroque Woodwind construction .
 piano soundboard technology, and the properties of strings under tension.
In 1990 he started the K&S guitar company, helping to design and produce
the guitars that company sold. Since 1999 he has been on his own, working
with many fine Mexican guitar makers, helping to design and produce Casa Montalvo
and Superior guitars . 

         He has established personal relationships with a number of Mexican makers, and  is actively
 involved in the production of the guitars  made for him in Mexico . He brought higher quality woods, glues, finishes, and most importantly,
 American builders and restorers to share their knowledge with the Mexican builders. 

Award winner!All "CASA MONTALVO" and "SUPERIOR" guitars are painstakingly set up and final-inspected by
George Montalvo at his shop in Berkeley, CA. 

     "Casa Montalvo" guitars are the finest in the world for the money. They are hand made, and
constructed of all solid woods that are air dried and aged before building. The nylon stringed guitars
all have a graphite reinforcing bar in the neck, and have a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Many professionals
are using  these instruments for performing as well as recording; John Scofield, and David Lindley
are the most notable. Many years have gone into the design and production of these guitars.
This has resulted in affordable hand made  guitars that are unsurpassed in their quality and craftsmanship. 



                              MASTER_MODELS

Models based on guitars built by masters; Bouchet, Friedrich, Hauser Sr., Hernandez y Aguado, Ignacio Fleta.
 Howard Klepper, Raya Pardo, Romanillos  and Torres.
All of our instruments are hand made of solid woods and have a graphite stabilizing bar in the neck.


We now  offer Ramirez and Cordoba Nylon String guitars
These guitars are being sold at the lowest possible advertised price

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R
oberto is eight years old. Click on his photo to get to a page of videos  of him demonstrating
 some of our Montalvo guitars

I first heard him plaing in the shop when he came in looking for a guitar. 
Hauser classical played by 8yr old Roberto

Barbero model cut-away
classical guitar

Barbero model cut-away classical guitar

  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Schaller machines
  • Ebony Finger Board
  • Scale : 654mm.
  • Nut: 52mm
  •  Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Lower bout is 14 1/2" upper is 11"
Price: $1,935.00
with hard case


Serial # 040637






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bouchet model classical Guitar

Bouchet model classical guitar


  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Schaller machines
  • Ebony Finger Board
  • Scale : 654mm
  • Nut: 52mm
  •  Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Lower bout is 14 1/4" upper is 11"
SOLD

Serial # 511204


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Esteso model Classical Guitar

       Esteso model Classical Guitar         



  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Ziracote back and sides
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Schaller machines
  • Scale is 654mm
  • 52mm at the nut
  • Nitrocellulose laquer finish
  • Lower bout is 14 1/2" upper is 11"

Price: $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial # 050715



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Ignacio Fleta Model Classic Guitar with cut-away

Ignacio Fleta Model Classic Guitar with Cut-Away



  • Engelmann Spruce top
  •  Cut-away
  • Cocobolo back and sides
  • Ebony board, Schaller Machines
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Lower bout is 14 1/4"
  • 52 mm at the nut
  • Scale is 654mm

Price: $1,935.00
with hard case

Serial #: 050424



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Fleta Model Classic Guitar

Fleta model classical guitar


  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Cocobolo back and sides
  • Ebony board, Schaller Machines
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Depth at the sound hole is 3 3/4"
  • Lower bout is 14 1/4"
  • Upper bout is 11 1/8"
  • 52 mm at the nut
  • Scale is 654mm

Price: $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial #: 070243


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Friedrich
model classic Guitar

Friedrich Model Classical guitar


  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard
  •  Schaller machines
  •  Scale:  654 mm
  • Lower bout: 14 1/4" wide
  •  Fingerboard at the nut is 53 mm

 The price is $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial #: 050412 (Friedrich)


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Classic CONCERT Guitar BASED ON
SR. HAUSER MODEL
                                                                                                                                                    

Hauser Classic model



  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard
  •  Schaller machines
  •  Scale:  654 mm
  • Lower bout: 14 1/4" wide
  •  Fingerboard at the nut is 53 mm

 The price is $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial #: 050412 (Hauser)




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Hauser Cedar and cocobolo
CLASSIC GUITAR

Hauwer Cedar and Cocobolo Classic Guitar


  • Canadian Red Cedar top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony Finger Board
  • Schaller machines
  • Scale: 654 mm
  • Nut: 52 mm
  • Lower bout 14 1/8"
  • Upper 10 1/2"

Price: $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial #: 070434



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Hauser ZIRICOTE Model
CLASSIC GUITAR

Hauser Classic model

  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Ziricote Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony fingerboard
  •  Schaller machines.
  •  Scale:  654 mm
  • Lower bout: 14 1/4" wide
  •  Fingerboard at the nut is 53 mm

 The price is $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial #: 040628



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Hauser Cedar Top Model Classic


Friedrich Model Classic


  • Canadian Red Cedar top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony finger board
  • Schaller machines
  • Scale: 654 mm
  • Nut: 52 mm
  • Lower Bout 14 1/8"
  • Upper 10 1/2"

Price: $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial #: 070422

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Hernandez classical guitar


Hernandez Classical Guitar


  • Cedar top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony Finger Board
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Scale : 653 mm
  • Nut: 62 mm
  • Lower bout is 13 3/4" upper is 10 1/2"
  • Debth at sounds hole is 3 3/4"
Price: $1,450.00
with hard case


Serial # 061407

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HOWARD KLEPPER Classic


     Sam Joens has purchased two of the Howard Klepper Model Classical guitars and he sent usa little clip he made; from the Fugues on the Magnificat by Johann Pachelbel and played on the Spruce Top Klepper Model. 
 (Click to hear)



Howard Klepper Classic guitar

Howard Klepper is a Master Luthier building unique instruments.
You can go to his site and see what he is up to at http://klepperguitars.com/.

I liked his Classical guitar  and Howard was kind enough to give me a set of plans so we could make a few guitars based on his original. This is a big guitar with asymmetrical bracing. It has a big sound, a woody tone. and it is very responsive. We have a Cedar and a Spruce model. At first the Cedar model has more presence. It takes more time for the Spruce model to open up.

  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony Finger Board
  • Schaller machines
  • Scale:  654 mm
  •  Nut:  52 mm
  • Lower bout 14 3/4"
  • Upper 11"

Price: $1,800.00
with hard case

  
Serial #:060521


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RAMIREZ Model Classic


Friedrich Model Classic

  • Canadian red cedar top
  • Balsam Rosewood back and sides
  • Ziracote finger board
  • Schaller machines
  • Scale: 668 mm
  • Nut: 50 mm
  • Lower bout: 14 1/2"
  • Upper 11 1/4"

Price: $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial #:060515



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Ramirez model classical guitar, USED

Ramirez Model Classical guitar, used

  • Engelmann Spruce top
  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony Finger Board
  • Schaller machines
  • Scale is 654mm
  •  Lower bout is 14 1/4"
  • Upper is 11 3/8"
  • 52 mm at the nut
  •  Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
Price: $1,550.00
with hard case

Serial #: 040618


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ROMANILLOS Model Classic


Romanillos classical guitar

Engelmann Spruce top

  • Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony Finger Board
  • Schaller machines
  • Scale:  654 mm
  • Nut:  52 mm
  • Lower bout 14 1/8"
  • Upper 11"

Price: $1,800.00
with hard case

Serial #:060508



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