MauricioMedeiros wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:08 am
I am thinking for some time already on upgrading my guitar, but the more I research, the more I get overwhelmed.
I bought a few years ago from t h o m a n n a Hofner HZ23 - a really simple student model, but at that time it was a LOT better than what I had. But now I really feel I could get a lot more from a better guitar. I am just a hobbyist which needs to control my time on guitar due to previous injuries, so most of what I feel "lacking" could be just a matter of "get better at playing" - sometimes I find it really really hard to go from pp to ff for example, or the sound quality just don't keep up with what I am "listening" on my head. But still I think a better guitar would make me enjoy a lot more my time playing.
That said, boy, it is hard to choose a guitar. I see over and over ppl saying "go with your ears", but I don't think that will really work for me. I don't know of decent stores nearby, so probably will have to buy online. And to be honest all the online sound samples are more or less the same to me and my crap notebook speakers.
So I was looking at a lot of reviews, and trying to find some more consistent brands to minimize my risk. I would like to have a loud guitar with a decent tone, and which was not hard to play. I don't really get what are talking about when they say a guitar is "easy" or "hard" to play though. Is it just the action? I also would like to get a spruce guitar, but mostly because I never had one before, so it would be something different
I saw a very positive review of a cordoba C12, from "this is classical guitar". The guys says it pretty much keeps up with his 7k guitar unless you go to a concert hall (which I don't expect to do in the foreseeable future, if ever). But I also see ppl saying that chinese guitars are just bad, or inconsistent at the best.
I also read a lot of good things about the Guitarra del Tiempo from Ramirez. Looking for Ramirez I saw also a Estudio 3, which appears to be better, but cost 1k more than the C12. Does it sound 1k better? It is over my target by a fair margin, but as I will probably use it for 4 or 5 years before thinking on a new guitar it could be worth the stretch, if this can make indeed any difference. I would just need to wait a few more months to get the money, but it is not that bad. There is the Estudio 2 which is more or less the same price as the C12, but I couldn't find any review for it. Writing this makes me realize I am biased towards the C12 because of that youtube review... Which is probably not a very good place to be while trying to decide what to buy
I tried to look for used ones near me (I live in Belgium), but did not find anything interesting, and to buy used I would need to find a really trustworthy seller, as I don't think I can really judge a guitar in that range - again, currently I have a guitar under 400 euros
Also online stores apparently have a money return policy (at least t h o m a n n has), which can be helpful if things go wrong.
So.... can anyone help me to decide what could be a decent guitar for me? Personal opinions, technical advice, words of encouragement... Anything is welcome
My budget is ideally up to 2k euros (I am using the C12 as a reference, which costs a little under 1800 at t h o m a n n), but I could save a little more and go a bit higher if it is really justifiable.