Looking for a new guitar

ricardotrindade
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Looking for a new guitar

Post by ricardotrindade » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:27 pm

Hello
I've been playing classical guitar for 10 years now and have a M-540 from R. Moreno guitar. However, the action became really high for me and the neck has gotten bent with time so I'm thinking of buying a new one. My maximum budget is 500$ any recommendation? Inclined to get an Alhambra 4P or 5P, mainly because I don't know any other luthiers or brands

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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by GerryM » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:45 am

Don't know where you are but I would buy used. If you in the US and are near a Guitar Center I would go online and check out their used inventory. There are several Takamine used C132S models ranging in price from $350-$500. The advantage of GC is that if you don't like it, you can return it to the local store and get your money back. You buy it on-line and they will ship it either to you or to your local store.

If you can get a used Alhambra 4P or 5P for that price (never seen them that low) that would be great. If the condition and action are good.

e - b a y has lots of vintage Japanese classicals to choose from but you run the risk of getting a bad one and return ranges from impossible to difficult and expensive. Many are way overpriced also.

Your local Craigs List is a source. My area has quite a few to choose from, including an Alhambra 3C for $500.

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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by MessyTendon » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:33 pm

Aria makes very nice classicals...The older ones were made in a way not like today...less built, more responsive.

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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by singlechange » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:54 pm

Ricardo, Since you are in Lisbon in Portugal, is there a plentiful supply of used classical guitars there?
Here in the U.S.A., there are many places to find and buy a classical guitar for $500-$700 and get something better than Alhambra. I recently purchased an used U.K. luthier classical guitar for that price range from a small used guitar shop in U.K. with very inexpensive shipping. Contact me and I am happy to send you the information.

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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by Ziyad H. » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:05 pm

You should probably check out Cordoba guitars especially Cordoba C7...it's in your price range and a great guitar indeed.

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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by souldier » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:20 pm

Around $500 I'd get a Cordoba C7 or a used C9 which offer good value for the money IMO and I've personally owned both in the past - see reviews done by Bradford Werner on youtube of Cordoba guitars. If you can tolerate a 660 scale length, I'd go for a used 1970's takamine C132, which is my current instrument.
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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by Keith » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:49 pm

look in the delcamp classifieds first. if nothing comes up, for $500 I would recommend the Cordoba C7 and if you cannot find one at your local guitar center then have guitar center shipped the C7 at the Louisville KY guitar center to you. I played it over the weekend and was impressed with the sound and playability. I believe, and you verify this, you can have a guitar shipped to your center and you have a trial period. you can go to the bay but if you do remember you may not have a trial period and you may be getting someone's dog.
be true to the one you love but have many flings with different guitars

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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by epiphone » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:58 pm

I just bought Cordoba C7.
I guess the guitar is worth every coin, even more.
It's done well.
It was bought for a child, the first grade of music school.
The neck is very comfortable to hold / play.
He is 9 years old and the thickness and shape of the neck are important for him.
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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by quavers » Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:11 pm

Yamaha, Cordoba and Lucero provide a good bang for the buck. If you want to buy a classical guitar that is a little less traditional, LaPatrie by Godin is a good choice.

They are a little less traditional in that they have a radius fret board and employ a steel truss rod. The truss rod provides a slimmer neck profile and allows some adjustment to the action. Original set up is usually at a very payable height and there is typically a good amount of material left on the saddle should you want to grind it down at some point.

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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by epiphone » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:11 pm



This was one of main reason to buy Cordoba C7.
Hope this can help in the decision.
P.S. if C5 is ... C7 must be little better.

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Re: Looking for a new guitar

Post by eno » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:55 pm

GerryM wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:45 am
Don't know where you are but I would buy used. If you in the US and are near a Guitar Center I would go online and check out their used inventory. There are several Takamine used C132S models ranging in price from $350-$500.
+1 for Takamine C132S, IMHO the best one in this price range. Look for older ones from around 2000-2010 period or even earlier, they are cheaper than new and sound somewhat better
Paulino Bernabe 'India' 2001
Takamine C136S 1976
Masaru Kohno No.6 1967

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