One point is that you may not be able to discern the differences between your guitar and other high end instruments. Folks have made suggestions the neck, top, and other physical characteristics that are certainly helpful. I find it is the guitar voice that is paramount and this may involve bringing along a skilled musician that can both play the instrument and also listen to the guitar being played. Are you currently taking guitar lessons and have had a teacher evaluate your guitar? good luck in your journey!DaveLeeNC wrote: ↑Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:06 pm
#6, your point is exactly the point. I have NO IDEA how this guitar compares (in my mind) with other instruments (it is far better than my $200 Garcia). And if I find that spending a couple grand doesn't get me something I like better, that is fine with me.
Check out this thread on the subject - viewtopic.php?f=107&t=109420&p=1201481& ... t#p1164236DaveLeeNC wrote: ↑Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:20 pmFor Context ... I am a low skilled guitarist and have only played classical guitar for 3 years (this past year or so and 2 years back in the 80's). I am in my late 60's. And equally important I have only played two different classical guitars in my life. One was a fairly low end Garcia (garage sale find) and a Spanish luthier guitar from a lesser known luthier (Jesus Marzal - 1984 model).
First of all I am in no way dissatisfied with my Marzal. When I was playing my Garcia I thought it sounded pretty good. But the Marzal was a night and day difference (it was a mail order purchase from the now closed Guitar Shoppe in DC back in the 80's). So I wonder if I might have the same reaction to a higher end guitar compared to my transition from the Garcia to the Marzal.
I have tentatively planned a day trip to Dream Guitars in Asheville, NC as they have a number of pretty good to "out of reach" guitars. And I would be willing to add somewhere in the very low four figures (assuming a trade-in or sale of my Marzal is added to the pot) IF I liked it well enough (thinking back to my Garcia/Marzal experience). And I would assume that I know how to judge that.
But I do have a question. Given my lack of experience here, what things should I look for in evaluating a (probably used) guitar. In particular I wonder about things that I won't notice now but might notice in a year or two after my "ear develops" and my experience grows. Or anything else that might be helpful to me. E.G., should I use a guitar tuner to evaluate intonation? Stuff like that.
Thanks for the help.
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