I'm going to play a 53 and 54 this weekend. I've heard great things about them, very curious to see how they play and sound.MessyTendon wrote:I would look at the Picado Model 53. It's 1595...a touch over budget.
The difference between Picado and Cordoba will be that the Picado will play like a luthier instrument, for a fraction of the cost. Picado guitars are voiced in the very traditional sense, but if you insist they do have the double top guitar in the same price range. I recommend the Spruce over Cedar for the long haul.
I don't know of many guitars in the price bracket that can compete with Picado. They are just beautiful guitars and the factory lacquer is quite thin and durable.
Not sure I agree that the next step up from a $500 guitar with laminated back and sides is a $3000+ guitar. Lots of nice and interesting options in the $1000 - $3000 range, especially if you are also considering used instruments.Number 6 wrote:$1500 or less to buy something new will not get you an instrument that is a major improvement over the C7. I think the next step is the $3000-$4000 range to get a nice used luthier built guitar.
Please note that there is a huge difference between the wood used in a cheap(er) guitar that is called "laminated", which is essentially nothing more than plywood (that is, really cheap wood/plywood with a thin solid wood veneer to make it look nice), versus the wood used in a luthier-built guitar with "laminated" sides, the latter of which uses two pieces of high-grade solid tone-wood glued together presumably to increase stiffness. These are two totally separate types of guitar construction, with two very different qualities of wood, and should not be confused as being the same.Gregory Gleason wrote:The C7 already has a solid top. Do you feel that solid sides/back will make a big difference? A lot of luthiers make laminated sides.
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