Cessa wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:42 pm
Help! I have a very advanced 14 year old daughter, who is currently playing a Kenny Hill student guitar. Her teacher says she needs a more advanced guitar since she outplaying the one she has. It doesn't have good mid range I've been told. She is starting to get into guitar competition and plan to go to GFA in the spring. I need a new guitar/used guitar that is under $5,000 decent for her to compete with. My daughter prefers cedar since her strength is expression/dynamics and she likes the warm sound. She needs one that projects and allows her expression to come through. She tends to play quieter. Any suggestions of luthiers/models is much appreciated. I wish I could shell out $10,000-$15,000 for a concert one but we can't afford one.
This might be a little bit of a drive, but you could make a little trip out of it if possible. You might want to go and check out Savage Guitars down in Bohemia, NY. He has a very extensive inventory and he could likely give you some good advice. If you search for Savage guitars a website will come up and you can see what he has in stock and the prices. He also posts some pretty good sound clips of his guitars. For under $5000 you can get a pretty decent guitar. I would go there and bring your daughters guitar so you can compare and contrast the different sounds.
Up here in Canada, if you go to Montreal you could visit the Grande Salon de Guitarre (don't worry. The owner speaks perfect English). It is a pretty well-known guitar shop with half decent prices on well-known luthier guitars. For $5000US you could get something very good. You might want to give the shop a call and discuss before making the drive. But, it probably isn't much farther than going to Savage and you might get more for your money in Canada. BUT, you will have to bring it across the border and may have to pay taxes.
For the price of the guitar, its likely worth a 1 day trip and hotel to be able to play some of these instruments. You won't regret it in the long run.
Another piece of advice is there are plenty of luthiers and dealers who come on this site. You may want to pick their brains and see what kind of guitar might be good. They might want to know the scale guitar your daughter plays, the type of guitar she likes, the sound she wants and these sorts of things in order to help you. But, at least you might get some impartial advice. Many of the dealers have return periods if you aren't satisfied with the instruments.
On top of that, there are many great guitars listed in the for sale section. My only precaution is this: given that you have very little knowledge of guitars it seems from what you have written, you wouldn't know if it was good or bad, a great deal or a horrible price, something that needs work or not. So, I would recommend buying from someone who you trust and who has a good history on the board here. I think everyone is honest around here. BUT, what they find "simple to change/fix" might not be to you.
Another option is to check out and ask around if anyone knows any luthiers that are close to you. You might get lucky and find a few.
Good luck! Your daughter sounds like she will be a great player!