New Instrument Recommendations

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New Instrument Recommendations

Post by Stephen.Verderber » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:08 pm

I am looking to purchase a new instrument, can anyone recommend on in the $2000.00 range or below. I currently have a 1981 Takamine C132S and I am looking for the next step up, so any recommendations would be appreciated. I would hazard a guess that the price range I am looking at the guitar would be a factory model and not a private Luthier model.

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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by Adrian Allan » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:32 pm

What country are you based in?
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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by Stephen.Verderber » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:13 am

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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by astro64 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:15 am

You might want to go to Rosewood Guitar and see what they have. They list several guitars in your price range. The Cervantes might work out, or the Nakade, maybe the Pilarz.

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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by bear » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:38 am

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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by Justfun » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:33 pm

maybe a candenza from Kent guitar classics?

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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by eadiaz » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:40 pm

Craigslist has a Cervantes Hauser PE. That could also be a guitar to consider.
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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by Nick Cutroneo » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:55 pm

I had the opportunity to play the Kenny Hill New World line of guitars. I enjoyed them quite a bit. The range is vast, having guitarist in the $800-$1000 range to $2000 and up (not above $3k). The Players Series is the one that you'd be looking at (the higher end series). The more expensive models have "bells and whistles" like an elevated fretboard and sound port. If you don't need those things I think the price range is right for you.

Also consider looking used - you'll be able to get a $3-$4k for around $2000 or so. Plus you are able to negotiate with the seller.
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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by souldier » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:53 pm

The Takamine C132 actually is a great guitar. It is not as loud as modernly built instruments, but I think it has a more beautiful tone than even a lot of luthier guitars I have played. You'll have to look carefully if you want to buy something for $2000 that significantly surpasses it. In your situation I'd suggest that you play a guitar side by side with your Takamine before committing to a purchase.

My question is do you know what particular traits you are looking for in a new guitar? This could help people give more appropriate recommendations.
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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by Joe de V » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:12 pm

For a $2000 price I would seriously consider a Used CG - most likely a Luthier-made instrument. There are several new instruments that fall in your price range but in my experienced speaking with more advanced players than me they have recommended looking at what is available in the market place for Luthier-made instruments within that price range.
Why?... a new $2000 CG- most likely non-luthier made, - will not really be a big class jump over your Takamine C132.

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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by Paul Janssen » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:16 pm

I once played a fairly beat up C132 that was for sale at a second hand dealer for about $400. Despite all the cosmetic damage it was easy to play and sounded really good. I agree with souldier that if you can try and play any potential new guitar side by side with your C132. You may be surprised by how little difference there is between the two.

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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by mmapag » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:52 pm

souldier wrote:The Takamine C132 actually is a great guitar. It is not as loud as modernly built instruments, but I think it has a more beautiful tone than even a lot of luthier guitars I have played. You'll have to look carefully if you want to buy something for $2000 that significantly surpasses it. In your situation I'd suggest that you play a guitar side by side with your Takamine before committing to a purchase.

My question is do you know what particular traits you are looking for in a new guitar? This could help people give more appropriate recommendations.
Agree on all points. Without knowing the likes and dislikes of the OP recommendations will just be what someone else likes. The best value for $2000 will be a used Luther built instrument.
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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by Adrian Allan » Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:16 pm

I am currently having a new guitar built by a young maker - that is another option. A new build from a young luthier might start around $2000, as does mine. I will report back on the quality of the build and its playability in a few weeks, when it will be hopefully finished.
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Re: New Instrument Recomendations

Post by nmshu1 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:00 pm

I would recommend Córdoba guitars for about $2000 range.
1. Luthier series
2. Spanish series
3. Master series

From them, I feel you can find what you want...
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