I am looking at getting a new guitar. I currently own a di Giorgio belson 36. While it is a good sounding guitar the sound board is warped, pitching the bridge forward, causing the strings to buzz behind the saddle. Being a beginner, the high action required to prevent the buzzing, or the buzzing being distracting and confusing, is detrimental to my progress.
For buying a guitar, as usual, there are two options, new or used. My concern is the life of a guitar, pertaining to the playability of it. I’d prefer to get a guitar of high quality wood and tone but I am concerned about sound board warping, neck bowing, cracking and anything else. Is this something to be concerned about if the guitar is, now, in good condition? Should I get a new guitar of lesser quality ensuring greater playability for a longer time?
Budget 900 CAD ~ 700 USD
I’m looking at used guitars around 20 years of age. The two specifically are a Raimund 138 and an Antonio Sanchez 1027.
La Patrie Collection or Córdoba c5.
Wanting to try out guitars before buying I’m limited to, the used market, la patrie, corboba, and alamansa.
My main concern is the degradation of the playability of older, better guitars, compared to lesser quality, higher consistency, warranty, and piece of mind buying new.
Thanks for any help!,