In Search of Maple

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In Search of Maple

Post by apark1980 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:23 pm

I really like the look and sound of guitars with the spruce top/maple back and sides combination. I'm having difficulty finding many guitars made with this however - outwith expensive handmade options, which realistically (regrettably) outstretch my budget, which is around £1500 maximum. Can anyone out there suggest any models with this combination of woods in that price bracket? Any ideas welcome! Thanks, Alan

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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by Norman2 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:37 pm

Hi, I am afraid your search for a classical guitar with spruce top and maple back and sides is going to be very difficult. Only ones are luthier made.
Most maple back and side guitars are acoustics and I do not know that you would like these. Although maple is gaining popularity in classic guitars,
the only ones that I have been able to find are custom luthier made. Regards
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by eyedoc » Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:01 pm

I love my maple guitars! They are a different 'mood' than rosewood for sure, perfect for your early morning playing,
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by Brusko » Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:27 pm

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=101148

Check that link out, that's as close as you can get to your mentioned price. That's a lot of guitar for the money.
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by DanielIndo » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:26 pm

My Loriente Angela and Yamaha NCX2000FM are spruce and maple back/sides. Loriente Angela maybe suits your price range, it is French polished with great bass and very loud. The sound is diferent than rosewood back/sides, so you must compare it by asking somebody to play it while you hear the sound in the front of the guitar.
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by Guitar-ded » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:47 pm

Otherwise, you could look at the Hofner Mill-KAF Kern Maple Concert Guitar Maple one in stock on Am4zon.co.uk (aka the British Big River site) around 500 pounds. So not too much money may well be laminate though.
Although you'd be better trying an offer on the James Lister mentioned above, that would be a MUCH better guitar.
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by bacsidoan » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:48 pm

Brusko wrote:viewtopic.php?f=3&t=101148

Check that link out, that's as close as you can get to your mentioned price. That's a lot of guitar for the money.
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by Michael.N. » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:58 pm

Just go out and steal the extra £500 necessary and buy the Lister. Buying it at that price it's hard to see how you can go wrong.
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by Scot Tremblay » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:55 pm

Michael.N. wrote:Just go out and steal the extra £500 necessary and buy the Lister. Buying it at that price it's hard to see how you can go wrong.
Good suggestion! That is a pretty guitar and I don't think you could do better at that price. At least talk to the seller (Matt) you might be able to work something out....there's always the "First born child" option.... :wink:
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by apark1980 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:00 am

The Lister looks like a beautiful guitar, looks like I'll need to get saving for a while! I hadn't heard of Loriente or Yamaha models until today. Next challenge, of course, is to track down examples to try out... Thanks for the suggestions!

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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by petermc61 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:18 am

Talk to James. He might put it aside for you if you can pay most now and have a sensible time frame to pay the balance. It will certainly be well above a factory guitar and James is known as a bit of maple specialist.

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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by apark1980 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:13 am

Right guitar, wrong time alas. I don't have sufficient funds in place at this stage, probably not going to be able pull the trigger until later this year once I've worked up enough overtime pay! It does look incredibly good though.

I had a search of the Loriente Angela too, and it looks like a lovely guitar too, it appears to not be in production any longer though, does anyone know if this is correct?

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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by simonm » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:23 am

Loriente Angela.

I believe this brand is mostly in the US. I don't recall ever seeing Loriente for sale in the EU. Of course it could be my memory that is at fault. So if you spot one here at a good price, chances are you will have to add substantial shipping plus the HMRC's pound of flesh to the total.
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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by es335 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:41 pm

Hanika offers two spruce/maple guitars. Both all solid wood guitars. The lower level 52AF and the upper class model 58AF which might be just a tad over your budget. Assuming you are UK based, there are plenty of opportunities for such guitars from German luthiers or luthier graduates in this price range. Most of them sell well below 1 k€! :wink:

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Re: In Search of Maple

Post by Michael.N. » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:54 pm

Wow. Those German luthiers are undercutting the Chinese factories!
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