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Old 03-28-2015, 11:24 AM
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Default Affordable nylon Archtop?

Does anyone make an affordable nylon string archtop? By affordable I mean $1500 or less. I've seen some lovely looking and sounding ones but they are all $3500 or above and though I would love to own a dome or other custom nylon archtop that's not in the foreseeable future.
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Old 03-28-2015, 02:10 PM
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Nylon string archtops are an extremely rare bird, and the domain of independent luthiers. I'm afraid the chances of your finding one in your budget are next to nothing, unfortunately.
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Old 03-28-2015, 05:48 PM
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I've only ever seen one and have always wanted to try it. So curious what a nylon string archtop might sound like. The one that I saw is made by Steve Grimes in Maui. Unfortunately, it is quite a bit more than the range you specified.

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Old 03-28-2015, 07:46 PM
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Get in touch with these guys:

http://yunzhiguitar.diytrade.com/

They're probably about the best-kept secret in the archtop world, they make some great-looking-sounding instruments for pocket change (I got a quote last year for a non-cut all-acoustic 18" Super 400/Emperor comp box with a few custom specs - well under $1100 with HSC), and if you can provide them with detailed specs they'll make just about anything - search "Yunzhi Guitars" for previous threads...
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:12 AM
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Over at the forum of jazzguitar.be there are some guys who purchased guitars from Yunzhi. The contact person is Ms Lora.
These guys had high praise for their dealings with Yunzhi.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:59 PM
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Get in touch with these guys:

http://yunzhiguitar.diytrade.com/

They're probably about the best-kept secret in the archtop world, they make some great-looking-sounding instruments for pocket change (I got a quote last year for a non-cut all-acoustic 18" Super 400/Emperor comp box with a few custom specs - well under $1100 with HSC), and if you can provide them with detailed specs they'll make just about anything - search "Yunzhi Guitars" for previous threads...
Have you heard one?
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Old 04-01-2015, 03:28 PM
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Not in person but there's a bunch of YouTube vids, a number of which are posted by Matt Raines (who markets them under his own name), and they've gotten some good reviews right here as well; I'm quite impressed, especially for the price - I wouldn't make a suggestion/recommendation to anyone else that I wouldn't try myself, and as I said there's a '40s-style Big Band comp box with my name on it somewhere down the road...
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Get in touch with these guys:

http://yunzhiguitar.diytrade.com/

They're probably about the best-kept secret in the archtop world, they make some great-looking-sounding instruments for pocket change (I got a quote last year for a non-cut all-acoustic 18" Super 400/Emperor comp box with a few custom specs - well under $1100 with HSC), and if you can provide them with detailed specs they'll make just about anything - search "Yunzhi Guitars" for previous threads...
Thanks for the info. So just to verify, they'll take complete custom orders? I just don't see any nylon archtops on the site.
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Old 10-07-2022, 09:42 AM
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Emerald made a custom carbon fiber nylon string “Kestrel” for me. It cost about $6500, so probably NOT what your looking for.

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...d.php?t=637027

I’m on and off about selling it. It is the guitar that finally absolutely convinced me that EVERY guitar with a body whose upper bout is higher up the neck than the 12th fret will NOT work for me, because I play almost exclusively standing up. EVERY guitar that I have played with an upper bout that meets the neck above the 12th fret is unbalanced for me: The headstock falls down if I am not holding the neck, and I have to slightly twist my back and forcibly adjust the body of the guitar to the right just to play it.

The exception for me is the Parker Nylon Fly, actually an exception, because although the upper about meets the neck of the guitar way above the 12th fret, the arm of the upper bout extends to the 12th fret, and that’s where the strap button is.
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Old 11-15-2022, 05:03 PM
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try ....
https://guitarrasacusticas.com.mx/

Their specialty are nylons but here's an example of their archtop. Sure they could make you a nylon version within your budget.

https://guitarrasacusticas.com.mx/gu...ctroacusticas/
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