You took the chance and you have what you want...congratulations!charlesduffy wrote:My Guitar Came Today!
Surprised no one responded to my post. I received my Westwood 3z model today and am very pleased. Cost was an unbelievable $179 shipped. Label verifies that it was made in Spain and is identical to the Esteve 3Z which retails for $600-700 here in the states. It is in perfect, new condition as advertised and is absolutely beautiful. The back and sides are incredible laminated Ziricote, with a cedar top. This is a very light guitar and plays quite easily. Intonation is very good across the range. Basses are surprisingly loud with very good sustain. Trebles are crisp and clean, although I would like a bit more sustain in the upper range. Balance is very good. I think it is set up with light strings , so I will probably try with medium Corums just to see if there is a difference. Tuners are typical chrome with pearl knobs and seem to work quite smoothly.
Bottom line, I got exactly what I wanted, a guitar with good intonation, reasonable volume and sustain, musical nuance and while I'm a little embarrassed to say it, an instrument that is beautiful to look at as well. This guitar would carry any student a long way. I do not know if any of these are still available. I found mine at Reverb, and also saw them listed on e - b a y.
Well, if you accept the premise that these are just custom-branded Esteve guitars, this one sure looks a lot like the Esteve model 8. So it does seem like a very good deal!MessyTendon wrote:Does anybody know about the higher end model for under 400$? Solid Indian Rosewood, and Spruce top...seems like a good deal even if it doesn't sound perfect, for a budget guitar that seems impressive.
The Sonata I purchased had no flaws nor any other indication that it was a factory second. The OP also indicated as much.SeanWinkler wrote:My conjecture is that they may be factory seconds with minor finish flaws, but that's just a guess.