Buying a guitar in London

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Buying a guitar in London

Post by Urbanarcher11 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:58 pm

Hi All,

This is probably one the most frequent questions. Hoping to get a few CG buying suggestions in the

1. +/- 500 £ range

2. +/- 1000 £ range

My research so far (through topics posted here) points to Paco Castillo 203 and 205

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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:16 pm

Visit London Guitar Studio, Ivor Mairants Musicentre and if you have time and/or transport, Kent Guitar Classics. For that budget its really important to try the guitars out thoroughly.
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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by Rome714 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:13 am

I'll be near Cambridge for a few months around Jan/Feb time frame. Definitely want to make it out to a few guitar shops and try out some guitars that we don't have out here in the U.S.
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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by Andrew Fryer » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:15 pm

Interesting that it's a question I couldn't answer. Probably because I've never had the money.
It may be better to go a little outside of London for best prices - I noticed quite a pleasant-looking shop in St Albans for example (quick, easy and cheap Thameslink journey), although I couldn't tell you what models they have (probably all lower end). There's a big shop in Sevenoaks, although I'm not sure it's any cheaper than in London itself (a guitarist friend who lives in Kent seemed a little disparaging).
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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by Briant » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:41 pm

Kent guitar classics should be able to meet your requirements. As well as stocking Top range Luthier guitars they also have a good selection of student guitars.

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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by Andrew Fryer » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:01 pm

Andrew Fryer wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:15 pm
Interesting that it's a question I couldn't answer. Probably because I've never had the money.
It may be better to go a little outside of London for best prices - I noticed quite a pleasant-looking shop in St Albans for example (quick, easy and cheap Thameslink journey), although I couldn't tell you what models they have (probably all lower end). There's a big shop in Sevenoaks, although I'm not sure it's any cheaper than in London itself (a guitarist friend who lives in Kent seemed a little disparaging).
Yes all low end.http://themusicdept.com/product-categor ... l-guitars/
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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by corius » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:26 pm

I second London Guitar Studio. They have a great range and fantastic service.

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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by Kevin Cowen » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:19 pm

It's Ivor Mairants or LGS.
Both have websites detailing available guitars.

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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by UKsteve » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:13 pm

London Guitar Studio:

Great guitars, great range, great service, and they're not adverse to a bit of a haggle.

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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by Urbanarcher11 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:31 pm

Thanks Everyone,

Visited London Guitar Studio, Very friendly people there. They seem to have a lot of Alhambra's was shown the 4P. This might be just me, but the "A" on the head stock did seem a bit overpowering, its as if the makers were trying to market the guitar and not the player bringing out the sound. they also demonstrated the difference in sound with a 7P, which is all solid and I must say the sound was amazing. The staff also showed me an Esteves Madrid and I was very impressed with the bass.

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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by Urbanarcher11 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:02 pm

Hi All,

An update - I took the plunge and purchased an Aria A-50 C from Ivormairants today.

https://www.ivormairants.co.uk/aria-a50 ... l?___SID=U

As my level is more beginner (for the Classical Guitar, I have played acoustic but its been awhile), I had narrowed it down between the Paco Castillo(PC) 202 and 203, as I was deliberating the gentleman assisting me suggested I try the Aria.

All guitars sounded roughly the same to me, however the Aria had the price closer to the PC 202 and the spec closer to the PC 203 , it was also discounted by 50£ (was told it was in the store for a long time), it did have a slight blemish in the the back grain which did not matter much to me as it was not too bad and barely noticeable(see pics). Finally - I must say it was the red cedar colour that pushed me towards it I guess, so for now am a a happy owner of a classical guitar, next step practice.

Specs are as follows:

SKU A50C
Brand Aria
Top Cedar
Back Rosewood
Sides Rosewood
Fingerboard Ebony
Frets 19
Bridge Rosewood
Nut Width 52mm
Saddle Bone
Scale Length 650mm
Neck Mahognay
Machine Heads Gold

Strings - Savarez ( I think Savarez 540R Alliance Normal Tension Classical Guitar )

https://ariaguitarsglobal.com/product/a-50c/

I must say it was good service by Ivormariants they kind of give you the space to try guitars without being too intrusive, also in cases of people like me I think they listen to what you are looking for and suggest.

I will put up an update in due course but for now - a big thank you to all who responded, also a quick shout to the guy who posted this

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Re: Buying a guitar in London

Post by CT20 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:18 pm

Congratulations! Well done. Looks like a great choice. Kudos to those who gave you such good guidance.

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