Prelude Guitar

The Prelude Guitar is a collaborative project between Sachar Amos & Richard Howell guitars making handcrafted classical guitars for student guitarists.

We designed the Prelude model to be a simple & elegant guitar made from affordable tone woods and a hybrid finish (lacquer back and sides with a French polish soundboard)  therefore reducing the labour involved and some of the high end material costs.

We also make the guitars in a small batch of 3 guitars to further reduce setup time for tasks and reducing the overall labour whilst maintaining the highest quality results.

For all enquiries about the Prelude Guitars including how to order, availability and pricing, please contact Richard Howell at richard@howellguitars.com

Prelude Guitar

Prelude - Features

Soundboard - Cedar

Back & sides- Rosewood or maple

Finish -  French polish top & lacquer back and sides

Fingerboard - Ebony

Bridge - Rosewood

Rosette - Production made

Purflings and binding - Full bound body with single trims

Tuners - Gotoh premium



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Sachar at Richard's workshop discussing guitar models


Southern Cross Series

The Southern Cross guitar series is a range of fractional sized classical guitars developed by Melbourne guitar teacher, Zeah Riordan and handcrafted by Sachar Amos.

After many years of cheap quality, import guitars being the only small guitar option available to young players, Zeah searched for a local luthier to make a high quality instrument for her child and teenage students.

A full size guitar has a vibrating string length of 65cm and we have scaled down our guitars bodies and necks into 7 different sizes defined by string length including 43/46/50/55/58/61/& 63cm.

Playing a high quality smaller guitar, encourages the young players development and enthusiasm for playing the classical guitar, helping grow the next generation of players & performers.

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Zeah Riordan (Right) teaching at her Suzuki guitar method studio

To date we have made over 60 Southern Cross guitars for students in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Singapore and New York and have received acclaim for the quality of sound and playability of our guitars.

For all enquiries about the Southern Cross series including how to order, availability and pricing, please contact Zeah Riordan at zeah@hotmail.com

Southern cross series

Back & Sides:  Padauk

Soundboard: Western Red Cedar

Neck:  Australian Red Cedar

Fingerboard: Ebony

Finish: Lacquer (Satin)

Tuners: Golden Age