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Old 12-22-2014, 06:59 PM
Ned Milburn Ned Milburn is offline
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Classical and flamenco guitars are a particular area of my specialty. Yamaha classical guitars tend to be built heavily and rarely offer superior power of tone acoustically. I don't think you will notice any discernible difference in tone by removing the golpe plates. My flamenco guitars (in fact, all my guitars) are universally described as being very powerful and loud, and I have noticed no difference at all before applying the plates and after.

If you are really stuck on removing the golpeador, you can use a hair dryer to heat it slightly and then with some form of soft plastic scraper, work off the plastic bit by bit. You may notice a "ghost" shape remaining due to a difference in patina underneath the pick-guard.
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