Can you help me pick a guitar, assuming Cordoba makes the Cadete available with Spruce top?...
I'm basically looking to compare the Cordoba Cadete to the Alhambra 4P (in cadete size), electronics aside.
I don't want to pay an extra thousand dollars, or whatever it is, just to be able to say that I got my guitar from Spain instead of China. I want to know, specifically, why it cost so much more.
The Cordoba Cadete (615mm) comes with a gigbag, solid Cedar top (I'm seeing if they'll make it available with solid Spruce top, as I really don't like Cedar
), and laminated Mahogany back and sides (I'm seeing if they'll consider making it available with laminated Rosewood back and sides, as I think I would prefer that, not sure, I might be wrong on that one
). I'm practically willing to wait the rest of the year for them to make a decision on whether or not they'll be willing to make the solid Spruce top available, and I think other people should help by sending them such a suggestion, lol. Anyhow, you can see all the detailed specs in the following link...
I'm quite torn over my wanting a solid Spruce top, not to mention, the Cordobas come with a 2 way truss rod, and it would probably only cost me a total of $630 ($280+$200+$150)... I'd have to pay the extra $150 to get the saddle groove on the bridge plugged and rerouted to make it left handed (so the intonation will be proper
). I'd also have to install some sort of pick-up, maybe this LR Baggs Anthem SL Classical TruMic & Element Pickup System
would be a good one, for another $200 ($630 total, includes gigbag, but no actual graphic EQ, like the Alhambra has. That might be another $190.
https://www.e - b a y.com/itm/LR-Baggs-Anthe ... 4293!US!-1
Then there's the Alhambra 4P Cadete size (610mm), which is available for lefties, with a solid Spruce top and laminated Rosewood back and sides, although, the dealer quoted me $1,300 (which includes E2 electronics
) , not including a hard case or shipping (probably another $150, so probably around $1,450 total, with hard case instead of gigbag
). Also, he said that I'd probably have to wait 6 months for them to build it and put down 75% (which makes it so that I can't dispute the charge on my credit card if something goes wrong, waiting 6 months after paying). Alhambra's customer service has been quite questionable, while Cordoba's has been excellent, then again, Alhambra is made in Spain, while Cordoba in made in China, so I'm having a hard time making a decision over all, I guess, ultimately, I want the better guitar. Do you think the Alhambra will definitely be better? Here's more info on the 4P (the Open Pore version is not available in Cadete size
http://www.alhambrausa.com/guitars/acce ... blend.html
https://xguitars.com/products/alhambra- ... cal-guitar
Then there's the Alhambra 9P, which is all solid wood, Spruce top, Rosewood back and sides, costing at least $2,500 for lefties in Cadete size. I heard it is built by more experienced luthiers at the factory. I probably wont be able to afford that and I had a psychic premonition that the solid wood would crack for some reason if I did buy it, but that could be a bunch of nonsense paranoia, lol.
http://www.alhambrausa.com/guitars/clas ... 0/9-p.html
Ultimately, I'm leaning towards the 4P, unless I can afford the 9P (I'm not so sure I'm even good enough to warrant my having a $2,500 guitar
), but I wanted to get you guy's opinions between the Cordoba and the 4P in particular. Here's a song I played in 2007 on the Yamaha CS40 (580mm) I've been using for over a decade (ready for an upgrade