Purchasing A Classical Guitar ($1000 - $1200)

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Purchasing A Classical Guitar ($1000 - $1200)

Post by IIama » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:17 pm

Hello,
As the title of the post suggests, I am interested in purchasing my first classical guitar. I play bluegrass banjo and have experience with flatpicking guitar, and I am now interested in learning fingerpicking. My budget is around $1000-$1200 (I can go over if necessary), though some portion of that will be going towards a case and humidifier. If anyone has suggestions/advice, please let me know. On other forum topics I see people recommending Ramirez R1, Contreras C4, Cashimira, and a few other models. These are the forum posts I'm looking at if anyone cares:
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These posts are both several years old. Are the suggestions still relevant, or are there other guitar models I should look at? If it helps to know, I will likely be shopping from the selection at Elderly Instruments in Lansing MI, though I am willing to look elsewhere if they do not have suitable models. Thanks for reading!

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Re: Purchasing A Classical Guitar ($1000 - $1200)

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:07 pm

I would recommend that if you look at Ramirez that you find a used one. They are just so expensive to buy a new one. I just bought a used Ramirez 2NE for my daughter to learn on and it was $950 used with humicase, and the previous owner had just had it professionally set up with hard tension strings and a super low action, and just happened to set it up with strings that I would have picked anyway before she traded it to my favorite local music store. The same goes for the Contreras. Try to find a used one and you should definitely be able to get one within your budget

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Re: Purchasing A Classical Guitar ($1000 - $1200)

Post by simonm » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:51 pm

Asked about used guitars. Elderly seems to have a good reputation. If you search here you will find posts that mention finding good used classical guitars here. Also check out the for sale ads here. Some great deals. I haven't checked if there is anything in your price range.

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Re: Purchasing A Classical Guitar ($1000 - $1200)

Post by souldier » Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:29 pm

At that price point and based on your background, I'd probably go for a Cordoba C10 or C10 crossover. Cordoba guitars I have found are good value for the money and their neck shape and set up is comfortable and makes transitioning from steel string quite easier. It would be your advantage if you can find a place that has several in stock and try them side by side to pick the best sounding one. Sweetwater in Fort Wayne usually has a good selection.

If you want to go with elderly, also check out that used Loriente Clarita.
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Re: Purchasing A Classical Guitar ($1000 - $1200)

Post by beanctr » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:50 pm

As a starter classical its hard to beat a Cordoba C-7. I bought one used for $250, great sound and good quality. R
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Re: Purchasing A Classical Guitar ($1000 - $1200)

Post by MrSteve » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:46 am

Try John Marshall Guitars in Grand Rapids
He has a large inventory of better classical guitars many in your price range.
2016 Chris Sobel Luthier Guitar Cedar/Madagascar Rosewood
2007 Darren Hippner Hauser SP/BRW
Yamaha SLG130NW Classical Silent

2012 Yulong Guo Chamber Concert Double Top SP/EIRW (SOLD)

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