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Old 09-15-2012, 08:02 PM
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Default Classical/Spanish guitar recommendations please.

After spending 3 days trying to figure out the best guitar for my daughter I decided on the Walden T550, BUt in the meantime I caught the bug myself and now want to start playing a classical guitar again.
I say again, but the last time I played anything on one was 50 years ago, no lie.
I started looking on eBay and was totally overwhelm by the number of guitars for sale. So I'm appealing to you guys once again to help me figure out what to buy.
I would like some recommendation based on getting a good quality guitar at a reasonable price say $300 or less. Or maybe a good vintage at a cheap price.
I saw a lot of great looking classics starting at very low prices.
It doesn't have to be new. After all I'm 71 and still in great shape.
Please help.
Thank you,
G.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:11 PM
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You can't go wrong with the Cordoba C5.

Awesome of you to regain your interest after a long hiatus.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:17 PM
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VCheck out the Nylon String section of the forum... recent threads may help.

get a used Takamine 132 S for a no frills really decent durable ggod sounding guitar at a modest price.
Also consider Godins brands Art N Lutheri9e and whatever else they sell in nylon
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:20 PM
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VCheck out the Nylon String section of the forum... recent threads may help.

get a used Takamine 132 S for a no frills really decent durable ggod sounding guitar at a modest price.
Also consider Godins brands Art N Lutheri9e and whatever else they sell in nylon
Is it ok to repost this there?
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:22 PM
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Is it ok to repost this there?
Hey Gordo, I moved your thread to the Nylon string section of the forum.....
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:37 PM
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I found this on eBay for $299.00 BIN
Francisco Domingo All Solid Wood Mahogany Classical Guitar FG-26 Cedar Top
New. Starting bid is 269
What do you all think.?
Also a Cordoba C5 for 180
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:58 AM
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I found this on eBay for $299.00 BIN
Francisco Domingo All Solid Wood Mahogany Classical Guitar FG-26 Cedar Top
New. Starting bid is 269
What do you all think.?
Also a Cordoba C5 for 180

When I was looking for a classical, I gave myself a couple of price brackets to play with. Each bracket had about 3 or 4 guitars in it. I ended up buying from the higher priced bracket in the end, but I still have links to the $300 +/- range.

The three that I had in the $300 and under, new, as contenders were:

Yamaha CG142C
Cordoba C5
Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11


The Francisco Domingo FG-26 was actually in one of my lists as well, but it was in the $400 +/- bracket (I actually had the FG-27 on the list for the rosewood back&sides) These are made by the same company that makes Recording King. I researched them a good amount and found very positive reviews and by all accounts it is a great , all solid, inexpensive alternative. If it is in good shape and you can get it for $300 or under, and it has a return option (just in case.. it is evil-bay after all)... then I'd think it would be a good buy.

They sound pretty good to.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrMBr6l9x64
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLxDT_brJtI
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:47 AM
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When I was looking for a classical, I gave myself a couple of price brackets to play with. Each bracket had about 3 or 4 guitars in it. I ended up buying from the higher priced bracket in the end, but I still have links to the $300 +/- range.

The three that I had in the $300 and under, new, as contenders were:

Yamaha CG142C
Cordoba C5
Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11


The Francisco Domingo FG-26 was actually in one of my lists as well, but it was in the $400 +/- bracket (I actually had the FG-27 on the list for the rosewood back&sides) These are made by the same company that makes Recording King. I researched them a good amount and found very positive reviews and by all accounts it is a great , all solid, inexpensive alternative. If it is in good shape and you can get it for $300 or under, and it has a return option (just in case.. it is evil-bay after all)... then I'd think it would be a good buy.

They sound pretty good to.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrMBr6l9x64
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLxDT_brJtI
Wow, thanks for all that info and taking the time to post it for me.
I listened to both the FG 27 and the Cordoba C5. They both sound so good to me. I'm sure my eay is not good enough to do a proper comparison.
Im sure i cant hear the $100 difference. But I'll go with the FG 27 just because I can.
What really amazes me is how affordable these guitars are.
I had a sax my dad left me and I sold it for $7,500.

I'll let you all know what I wond up with.
Thanks,
G

UPDATE.
Just bought a NEW (used but never played) FG-26 it's beautiful. $299.00 free shipping, no tax, no bag.
Thanks again for all the help.
G.

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:19 AM
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You can't go wrong with a Cordoba C5 or C7. Cordoba has a promotion for the month of September.

http://www.cordobaguitars.com/cash-back-rewards

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/deriv...k_09302012.pdf
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:10 PM
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You can't go wrong with a Cordoba C5 or C7. Cordoba has a promotion for the month of September.

http://www.cordobaguitars.com/cash-back-rewards

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/deriv...k_09302012.pdf
Thanks but I bought the FG-26
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:01 PM
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Thanks but I bought the FG-26
Awesome! An all solid guitar is surely preferable to a laminate one. Be sure to let us know how you like it!
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:01 PM
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Default T550

Hi all,
Dave Word from Hole in the Wood called me back tonight and said he had a few T 550 s in stock and would set one up tomorrow and send it right out.
So now she will have it for her B day after all.
He's a nice guy and said he would pick the best one set it up for her so she could ply it right out of the box.
Nice guy to work with.
Thanks to all that helped me on my quest.
I will post about my new FG-26 when I get it and play it a bit.
Looks like I'll be around her from now on.
G.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:51 PM
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You can't go wrong with a Cordoba C5 or C7. Cordoba has a promotion for the month of September.

http://www.cordobaguitars.com/cash-back-rewards

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/deriv...k_09302012.pdf
I just realized... Anyone else think this promotion is rather retarded? If you buy a C7 ($499.99) you don't qualify for the $50 cash back. You need to spend 1 penny more ($500) to qualify. Bought a $999.99 C10? Sorry you only get $75 back because you need to spend 1 more penny to qualify for the $100 cash back. I've never seen anything more lame...
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:57 PM
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I just realized... Anyone else think this promotion is rather retarded? If you buy a C7 ($499.99) you don't qualify for the $50 cash back. You need to spend 1 penny more ($500) to qualify. Bought a $999.99 C10? Sorry you only get $75 back because you need to spend 1 more penny to qualify for the $100 cash back. I've never seen anything more lame...
LOL that’s how these promos usually work. At least Guitar Center bins them at the $99 increment ($99 or more, $199 or more, etc).

Congrats on the guitar! I myself just recently upgraded my classical (from a C5 actually) and am waiting anxiously for it to arrive.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:21 PM
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Default Fg-26

I know it's only been a day since I ordered the guitar, but I'm going crazy wanting it to be here already.
Been on U tube listening to ever classical / Spanish guitars being played by everyone from a 6 year old on up.
The 6 year old made me feel impotent. But even at 71 I know I can learn to play well if I practice. Do I have that long to live?
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