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Old 08-06-2021, 01:53 PM
tbirdman tbirdman is offline
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Originally Posted by Always Learning View Post
Not knowing how much you care to put out for a classical guitar. I might suggest first walking into a shop that has a good selection. Sit down and play a few pieces on various guitars.

If you are looking for a total solid wood... back, sides and soundboard, be prepared to spend over a grand. Now that said, there are some laminated back, side and solid top axes that sound good and are affordable, that you can start off with and won't put you in the poorhouse. Than if after a year you really like playing classical guitar, and you can afford it, go for a true solid body. I would suggest trying to stay away from the "cross over" breeds. That is just my personal opinion. I have a parlor sized solid body that has nice tone and projection, but the one difference between that and my more standard scale (650mm with 52mm nut) is tripping over the adjacent string (upper or lower) when doing cross over / finger walking.

I love my Cordoba C10 Parlor for putzing around, cost just a little over a grand... is total solid wood top, bottom and sides and ebony fret-board. But it's nowhere near as sweet as my Burguet Studio full scale when it comes to serious playing... again just my opinion... not knocking Cordoba.. I'm sure their full scale "true Spanish" classical's are nice too.

So... nuff said... get to a shop, pull as many guitars off the wall as they have, sit down and play them... I'm sure one will sound just right (what some call a Goldilocks moment).

Best of luck
I was seriously considering the C9 or the C10 especially since I had rewards $ from MF to use, but I found a used 2016 Amalio Burguet Vanessa in very good condition with a hard case for $600 including shipping. I figure this would be a fine inexpensive classical guitar to start out with. I understand these guitars to be handmade in Spain and have a very good reputation. This is a solid woods cedar top with Indian Rosewood back and sides.

Any advice on strings?
Martin HD28 w/Dazzo 60s
Martin OM28 w/Dazzos 60s
Taylor 214CE DLX
Amalio Burguet Vanessa
Fender Player Stratocaster HSS Plus
Timberline T60HGpc
Boss Katana-50 MK-2
Bose S1 Pro
SunnAudio MS-2
Yamaha P515

Last edited by tbirdman; 08-06-2021 at 01:58 PM.
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