westcoastblues wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:13 pm
I've just had a very nice lunch break trying some new classical guitars in a lovely shop called the London Guitar Studio. I told the salesperson that I was looking to spend up to £1,500 and I tried a couple of guitars, a Cordoba C9 and a Burguet 2m. I couldn't tell much difference between them and the salesperson told me that there isn't likely to be a significant difference between a £1,000 and a £1,500 guitar, so I may as well buy the cheaper one.
The obvious difference between the two guitars here is that the Cordoba is made in China and largely machine built for the mass market while the Burguet is hand-made in Spain in limited numbers. The cost of a guitar is mainly determined by the wood used and the labour time involved (and to a lesser extent the hardware). The labour costs on the Burguet will be vastly more than those of the Chinese built guitar. So the question is whether you think "hand-made" is better than machine built - I personally doubt it, although it obviously depends on the luthier.
I remember a few years ago I bought a Gitane guitar (a faithful copy of the Macaferri guitar), which was Chinese built - an excellent guitar. I took it to a local luthier to have a minor change made to the nut. He asked me how much it cost. When I said it was £400 he said he couldn't even buy the wood and the hardware for that price.
If I were you I'd try to compare a Cordoba C10 (about £1100) with a Cordoba C12 (about £1700) - if you can find any shop that has both, which might be difficult. The thing is that you're then comparing like with like (from the manufacturing cost point of view) and the differences between the two are down to the wood used and/or the design. I think you'll be able to hear a large difference between the two - with the C12 being in a different league. The C12 is a more modern design (with raised fingerboard, slightly domed soundboard and lattice bracing). The other difference between the Cordobas and the Burguet is that they have a truss rod. I have never been a fan of the truss rod because of the weight it adds but Cordoba seem to have managed to keep it very light (carbon-fibre maybe) - but, of course, it does allow you to tailor the neck profile if you don't like it or if it changes. On a guitar without the rod you're stuck with what you've got.
I bought a C12 a few years ago and I reckon it's the best classical I've ever played.