Hi all! As mentioned in my intro post
, I’m in the market for a new guitar for my 9-year-old daughter. She has been taking classical guitar lessons for going on 2 years, and she has learned so much! In terms of her skill, she has certainly outgrown her $90 Lucida 3/4 starter guitar.
Also, we have decided that at 4’10” (and with particularly long limbs & hands), despite her age she is physically big enough to comfortably use a full-sized guitar. We confirmed this over the weekend in a local shop, trying a 7/8 and a few different full-sized guitars. The helpful employees watched her hands and her arm position and concurred that she is fine on the full size.
Since we can go full-sized, I figure we should spend a bit more to get her something she can use indefinitely. After reading and visiting the shop I feel like $500-$700 would get us something very good for her purposes. If it were really worth it we could spend more, but I’m not sure that is logical at this point… If she really gets into it in the long term, she is bound to develop her own tastes and preferences and want something different than whatever we would select for her now.
In the shop, she got to play a Cordoba C7 and a C9. She actually said she liked the C7 better… but I have a strong suspicion that it’s just because she played it first…! To my ear, the C9 sounded much nicer, louder and more resonant. I want to give it a week or two, then take her back to let her play them again.
Anyhow, overall I have read about / am considering:
1. Cordoba C7 CD - She played it & liked it
2. Cordoba C9 - She played it & said she liked the C7 better… but I liked the C9 better… but it’s her guitar… but then she’s only 9 & I’m not sure how keen her ear is yet…
(I’ve already ruled out spruce because she doesn’t like the look!)
3. Kremona S65C or F65C - None in stock locally…
4. Kremona Fiesta FC - None in stock locally…
I’m researching the more expensive options (#2 and #4) in case I encounter a great deal on a “mint” used one on Reverb. Also, I’ve gotten some surprisingly good quotes on all of the above from a local place - like the C9 for $690.
I wish that there were any of the Kremonas nearby for her to play. Our only option for her to try these is to order one, then return it locally (i.e., Guitar Center) if we don’t like the sound… but that is kind of a pain and I wouldn’t do it unless we really think it’s worth it.
Anyhow, would love input/advice/recommendations or any other suggestions we should be considering!