I got my first classical guitar 2 years ago, found it too hard on my hands and pretty much stopped playing. However, I recently bought myself a new mandolin, and (in the process) came across a crossover that is much more user friendly. I hadn't heard of a crossover before. So - after much waffling, soul-searching, justifying, and driving hubby batty, I went back and bought it. I'm very happy I did! So much easier for me to manage! Practicing every day that I can fit it in!
The original guitar is a Fender CN320AS. It has a solid cedar top, solid rosewood sides, ebony fingerboard. However - according to the luthiers I've talked with, they said it's pretty much impossible for a company to manufacture a solid wood guitar for the MSRP of ~$700. They think the ribs at least, must be laminate. However, the specs say it's solid.
Is it possible that Fender made this model as a loss leader to try to get into the mid-range classical market, now that that's experiencing a revival? The model isn't being made anymore from what I can tell - and I haven't seen a replacement model either. Do I was wondering if they gave up?
The instrument is very nice. Sounds great (I had others play it for me - lovely!). I was planning on selling it, but I think I'll hang onto it instead. If I keep progressing, maybe I'll be able to manage a wider fingerboard yet. Plus, not wanting to sell it for half of what I paid for it, given it's essentially "brand new" still - or, at the very least, "unused".