After 10y break from playing guitar, I decided to get back to it. Yay!
Where I am:
I used to play flamenco and classical music at an intermediate level, so I will be playing that from time to time, but I will be using the guitar mostly for singalong/fun/bored-in-winter playing (I have recently felt bad for not being able to join my friends and play anything during a singalong... I couldn't remember anything except for some 20 seconds from one or two bulerias...).
I have two distinct questions I was hoping you could help me with.
1. Should I get a flamenco guitar or a classical guitar?
I am planning to play 60% "fun" stuff, 30% classical (but mostly Spanish/Latin), 10% pure flamenco. I was convinced to buy a classical guitar, until... my old flamenco teacher said that what I am describing will perfectly suit a flamenco guitar. My issues vs his responses:
(1) It will be too bright ---- > but, if you get flamenca negra, the "brightness" is likely to be comparable to a classical guitar with spruce top (and I don't want cedar top, nor flamenca blanca). So there is little difference.
(2) I won't be playing a lot of pure flamenco ---- > but chords sound much better on a flamenca (thanks to different structure), which is made for chords and which tends to better isolate various tones/sounds in a chord (and this, in his view, becomes an even bigger problem with really high-end classical guitars). Thus, a flamenca is likely to be much better for a singalong. (?)
(3) and...... ----> flamenco guitar tends to be more comfortable to play. Much lower action, slightly thinner neck, shallower cage etc...
But I am afraid that a flamenco guitar will have minimal sustain and will be very "buzzy" which will be very annoying especially for classical pieces. What do you think?
2. Which one? (budget: <€1k):
I am currently looking at (most of the luthiers mentioned below have their "flamenca negra" equivalent at the same price point):
- Cordoba C9 (£715)
- Camps M10 (€879)
- Raimundo 140 (£810)
- Juan Hernandez Profesor Spruce (€889)
- Paco Castillo 205 Spruce (£940)
Having searched through various threads on this forum, it seems like: Cordoba is made in China with some quality control problems so can be disregarded, while Juan Hernandez Profesor is the preferred guitar over the aforementioned Camps and Paco Castillo, and - especially at this very low price point, it should be the preferred choice. (NB: I know the situation looks very different in the USA, where e.g. Cordoba is significantly cheaper than the other ones.)
I was wondering - have any of you had any experience with the aforementioned guitars, whether good or bad? Anything else I should add to the list? Any preferences?
Thank you all for your help!