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#1 2012-02-20 15:09:54

naolslager
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Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

Bitten by the nylon gremlin I am. I know nothing about classical guitars. I'm looking for recommendations and guidance towards this eventual purchase. New or used.

The first advice I received was: "solid cedar top and Spanish".

So far I've researched: Yamaha, Cordoba, La Patrie, Alvarez, and something called "Mr. Potato". Yes, you read that right. I am skeptical about a guitar named after a tuber.

Speaking of tubers, if I use a pick on a classical guitar will tomatoes rain down upon me?

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#2 2012-02-20 19:03:57

dino48
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Re: Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

nao I just got a takamine f312 for $25.00 ( leftover garage sale ) it can take metel and nylon stringes. It is a good sounding and playing guitar.I think it was Guitarpix who had one at one time. Yamahas,takamines epiphones all seem too make decent lower priced classicals.


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#3 2012-02-21 13:54:41

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Re: Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

Time to visit the guitar store Nao, but watch out because if they don't have a huge selection you're going to end up overpaying.  Also, you could check out craigslist.  I've seen a lot on there recently going fairly cheap.  I paid less than $200 for mine new.  I can't say it's a great awesome quality, but it sure hasn't shown me wrong.


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#4 2012-02-21 19:47:12

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Re: Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1970-YAIRI-AND- … 500wt_1287     May be worth keeping your eye on if your ready to buy soon....


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#5 2012-02-21 22:18:33

Roger Guppy
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Re: Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

I have a big problem with classical guitars. The flat neck is far too wide to allow me to play comfortably unless I go for a 3/4 sized one. However a used Samick CS9-1 appeared in the shop I work and teach at which I immediately put it one one side for myself. It is a full sized but has a neck that is the same width as my electric and acoustic guitar. I find it so much easier to play than any other classical I have ever tried.

Well worth looking at if you are not used to the wide neck of a conventional classical.

Roger


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#6 2012-02-21 23:45:05

naolslager
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Re: Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

Thanks Guitarpix, but I don't think the Yairi will come in under budget.

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#7 2012-02-23 01:01:06

Guitarpix
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Re: Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

I thought it might come in kinda low for a Yairi considering.....   Ended up selling for 282.00


If your brain is part of the process, you're missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something.
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#8 2012-02-23 01:04:39

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Re: Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

http://www.rondomusic.com/cl50ce.html

http://www.rondomusic.com/cgltd3.html

good reviews; I've bought other stuff and it's always been a great value


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#9 2012-02-23 13:30:25

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Re: Recommendations for a Classical Guitar: Budget ~$300

For some reason,nylon string guitars seem to always turn up in antique stores. I just saw an old silvertone for 85.00 last monday.Take some time and you may find a deal on one.Don`t leave any stone unturned.


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