battoman wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:38 am
I'm looking to get a student level guitar, but am not too familiar with the different luthiers.
I'm located in Canada, so choices are limited.
I recently tried out Alhambra, Ramirez, and Evan Kingma (guitars ranging from 1500-3500CAD).
The Evan Kingma had a fresh and distinct sound compared to the others.
What kind of guitars would you guys recommend?
I play intermediate to advanced level songs, and i'm looking to improve my playing.
Buy used, you get a better guitar for less money. That kind of money can get you a better than student or used luthier guitar. Check out the "Guitars for Sale" section of the forum.
Aside from the sound, the neck profile was important to me. Overall, I think Rodriguez is the most comfortable. Others have similar profiles, even my 10 string.
You can't go wrong with a Ramirez 4E or 4NE, the neck feels a little thicker, but comfortable.
Then there's the cedar/spruce thing. Some like the sound of cedar tops others like the sound of spruce.
I'd stay away from crossovers. The standard is 52mm nut width and 650mm scale. I wouldn't be afraid of Flamenco guitars, I have a Rodriguez C3F that I paid $100.00 usd. I play it the same as my others and more often than cg's that cost a good deal more.
I've purchased many guitars site unseen on the net.
I'm not familiar with Kingma, the cg's are pretty. He said he studied with Stephen Hill. Stephen, is a forum member. I listened to the demo on the tube and was impressed by the sound. If, the neck was comfortable, I'd
give him a shot. Luthier build at a reasonable price.
However, if you're a newbie, I'd look for something cheaper. Newbie's often change their mind about playing. If, you buy the Kingma, and change you're mind, send me a PM. ( get a humidifier viewtopic.php?f=42&t=110023
and keep it away from heat and cold sources).
good luck and welcome to the forum.