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Rob451    0

Lucida Concertos have a good reputation. They are ALL solid wood construction, made in Spain and come with a TDK hard case from Southwest Guitar for $700 + shipping. That's a good deal from a reputable internet dealer.

I own the Lucida Picado, their all solid wood flamenco model, which is similarly priced and I'm very happy with it.

Rob

Greetings:

I'm looking for a classical guitar recommendation under $1k - best sound and playability. I have a Pavan TP-10 which is pretty decent (www.pavanguitars.com) and am looking to trade up.

Thanks All.

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Doug    12

I too am looking for a new classical guitar. You may have read my post on the demise of my classical guitar. I've been looking at a few models - my price range is a bit lower than $1000.

So far I've looked at a used Rodriguez Model B in excellect condition for $499 CDN. An Almansa 403 for $390 CDN, and a La Patrie "Concert" or "presentation" or some such thing. They range around the $500 CDN mark. Oh yeah, and a Hofner HM83 for $699.

The used Rodriguez tops my list so far - very well made sounds great, nice esthitic feel to it. I've read excellent reviews on the La Patries, and being canadian and having owned a Seagull, I would have thought that I'd like them... But there's a lot missing from the La Patrie. The head stock has this sort of mat brown paint covering it instead of rosewood. Looks really cheap. Then the banding is done with plastic instead of wood. The rossette is stencilled on. The mat finish on cedar has no protective property at all. The one in the store was marked down from the scratches on the surface. And the tone didn't do much for me although I was probabaly jaded by the construction.

The Almansa was a good guitar for the money. Solid wood - cedar on mahogany - wood banding and purfling, wood marquetry rossette. Not in the same league as the Rodriguez, though. Maybe their higher models are worth looking at. The store said they could get in a Flamenco model 415 for $645.

The hofner 83 was gorgeous. Spruce top with a flamed exotic wood for the backs and side. Looks liked flame maple. Unfortunately, the angle of the neck and the height of the bridge wouldn't allow for much adjustment and the action was a bit high already.

Still haven't decided yet.

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Doug    12

In my research for a classical guitar, I came across this website. (I'm not affiliated with them at all.)

http://www.12fret.com

It is a very well maintained website with lots of upper end guitars on consignment. They seem to update the website daily and have great pictures. They're in Toronto, Canada, but they can ship without duty to anywhere in North America. They'll ship internationally as well, but duty applies.

They have a very good selection of classical guitars.

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6string    81
In my research for a classical guitar, I came across this website. (I'm not affiliated with them at all.)

http://www.12fret.com

It is a very well maintained website with lots of upper end guitars on consignment. They seem to update the website daily and have great pictures. They're in Toronto, Canada, but they can ship without duty to anywhere in North America. They'll ship internationally as well, but duty applies.

They have a very good selection of classical guitars.

Maybe Allthumbs has been there?

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karcey    42

G'day BigBaby,

I see you've been here since 2005. It's a fair bet you've got a bit of experience over the past five years. But I don't know what you've been playing so far and why you want a new classical guitar.

I have four classicals that I use as the impulse takes me. The first is a Chinese knockoff called Pearl River. Great guitar, laminated all round but very well made and used daily. Then I have two Admiras, Spanish made, an acoustic and an acoustic/electric. These are excellent instruments with great tone and beautiful feel. I've spent eons wrapped around the necks of these. The other is an Alhambra, Spanish made, superb tone and one I use as a reward for my efforts. I've not heard another guitar that tantalises my emotions as much as the Alhambra does. Clear clean crisp beautiful tone ... how I wish that one day I can justify playing this beautiful instrument.

So what do you want to do with your new guitar?

If you're looking to play classical style, my advice is to play as many as you can and then buy the one you'd like to marry. If on the other hand you just need a nylon string guitar then there are many around, probably not from the big names like Gibson and Fender, but more from manufacturers who've specialised in nylon string guitars. In any case your ears are going to be the best judge. I'd be interested to know where you go from here.

Keep in touch.

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