I wanted to share this with you. I just got myself an Alhambra z nature (open pore)
It's a huge upgrade for me. I started last October on a Samick CS9-1, 3/4.
I was OK with the scale length and muffled sound but the narrow fingerboard (42 mm at the nut) was actually slowing down my progress, plus my teacher, a young lady (who happens to be my neighbor) was criticizing my small guitar and encouraging me to get a full size good quality one. She plays a Yamaha CG142 and she has small fingers.
I checked with Yamaha Egypt and found out they were selling the CG122MC at the equivalent at EUR 310.00
We have 30% duties and 12% taxes on imported musical instruments applied to the CIF value. That was too much for me specially knowing that it is sold on Amazon for 230 USD !
To cut the story short, I find this young man selling his Alhambra for the equivalent of EUR 180.00 including a 30mm padded gig bag. It is sold in Europe for min EUR 220 without any gig bag. The guitar has quite a few nail markings on the sound board. The guy was playing flamingo style on it
Anyway since it's only cosmetic and the rest of the instrument is intact, I pulled the trigger.
I got to play it before I bought it. Had my teacher play it. We were both thrilled with the sound. It has impressive basses and very clear trebles. The only down side is that the satin finish is very vulnerable. You even have to put a cloth under your forearm where it touches the top.
I have it since yesterday, I can't stop playing, I now have pain in my left hand
I cleaned the top with a damp cotton cloth as suggested on the Alhambra website. I oiled the fingerboard and tuning machine, changed the strings et voila.
Here are a couple of pics.
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