There are tons of excellent classical guitars available and a myriad of superior luthiers. It is probably a good idea to decide whether you want a 'factory made' or a luthier made guitar. It would also be wise to establish a price range that is comfortable for you. Once you have these parameters established, your best bet is to get up close and personal with as many guitars as you can in order to establish you personal preferences regarding the tonal qualities that various guitars have to offer. Finally select a guitar[s] that is [are] easy for you to play [excellent playability], has an appealing 'voice [to you], is comfortable for you to hold [size matters], and is fun/enjoyable to play.tedguitar wrote:Just curious on what everyone thinks is the best classical guitar for the money? Which in your opinion is the
best value for the buck? All Solid woods? Ebony or Rosewood? Any specific makes? Luthiers? the best sounding?
Best Playable? All input is welcomed...
I disagree with that assessment. IMO, there's only what's best for you. Guitars are like women or cars... there's no saying that 5'6" blondes or Hondas are best in their price range.rick-in-annapolis wrote:I agree with the previous responders: there is a BEST guitar in each price range.
There you go! Picking a guitar is so much like choosing to be friends with someone or deciding that there is someone special that you want to spend your time with. Guitars are too much like people [in that each one is unique and has a 'personality' of its own] to be slotted into a "best" category. My best is very likely to be quite different from someone else's. As with people, the most expensive/rich guitars are not always the best. Only an in depth assessment and experience of the individual's/guitar's characteristics and qualities with reveal a particular 'best' choice.JQ. wrote:I disagree with that assessment. IMO, there's only what's best for you. Guitars are like women or cars... there's no saying that 5'6" blondes or Hondas are best in their price range.rick-in-annapolis wrote:I agree with the previous responders: there is a BEST guitar in each price range.
You have a lot of options.
So many luthier names, so many price ranges, so many different options. There is no definitve answer to your question. Take the spruce or cedar option. It's one of the core discussions on this forum. Another important option would be between traditional bracing and modern construction like doubletop and lattice. Don't bother for the tuners for the time being. Instead make up your mind on certain fundamental desicions related to the sound charatcter you prefer and to the money you want to spend. And then we can maybe help with some concrete advices.Ted O'Farrell wrote:Great input - thanks for all responding - so let's break it down...
what do you think is the best guitar in the following price ranges
A) $0-$500? B)$501-1500? C)1500 - 3000? D)3000 -5000? E)5001-10000? and
F) 10000 and greater?
and yes, I realize budget has a lot to do with it, as well as the woods... so...
If you could have the ultimate guitar as well - what would you choose?
Ebony or Rosewood fingerboard? Spruce or Cedar Top? Brazilian Rosewood, Indian or
Other? Tuners? Gotoh's? Rogers? Other? Cutaway or not? Size? 650 or ???
With a pick up? or not? ... I know it really is up to the player but there is a lot of
wealth in sharing what each player likes and dislikes... and since I'm asking...
(forgive my overkill...) What strings do you like the best? and tension?
So many questions - and so little time... I'll offer my answers and please answer as you
For lower end guitars, I have found that Yamaha's make a decent guitar (A)...
In (B) I haven't found 1 particular guitar but Cordoba's and again Yamaha's have
played well... (C) Has moved me in the hand-made Luthier range and there are
so many to choose from - personally I have a Martin Humphrey - reworked by Humphrey,
Also - (D) A G. DelPillar and a H. Marrero - both builders from Puerto Rico influenced
greatly by Manuel Valesquez school of building... (E) & (F) I have admired "Ruck's" guitars,
Valesquez and Fisher's... and Humphrey's... for various reasons... Sound and tone, Valesquez's necks play smooth and
great, and all really are a piece of art as well as a great musical instrument...
As far as strings - I switch back and forth, but for now I play J45's D'Addario's... normal tension.
Again I would be interested in your opinions? Thanks again for your input and advice...