Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?/NGD

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Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?/NGD

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:45 pm

I've been toying with the idea of grabbing one to actually practice classical styles with. Looking to spend $300 or less. Would prefer electric capabilities but doesn't really matter...

Any suggestions?
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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by sookwinder » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:56 pm

are you willing to take a chance on a Chinese made acoustic?
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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by shadowplay » Wed May 01, 2019 2:34 am

I recently had a play of an Admira A5 which a friend had bought for his child on instruction from his teacher. I thought it was an amazing and surprising instrument for the £300 or something they paid for it.

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Wed May 01, 2019 5:18 am

sookwinder wrote:
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are you willing to take a chance on a Chinese made acoustic?
Absolutely

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by Bert Camenbert » Wed May 01, 2019 5:39 am

La Patrie Étude and Concert guitars.

http://lapatrieguitars.com/guitars.html

It's a Godin subsidiary. Made in Canada, solid, sound good and a good bang for the buck, particularly if you buy a used one.

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by øøøøøøø » Wed May 01, 2019 2:51 pm

Some of the older Yairi classicals (with solid cedar tops) are fairly credible for the money. Look for the CY-110 and see if you can snag one in your price range.

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Wed May 01, 2019 7:25 pm

Bert Camenbert wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 5:39 am
La Patrie Étude and Concert guitars.

http://lapatrieguitars.com/guitars.html

It's a Godin subsidiary. Made in Canada, solid, sound good and a good bang for the buck, particularly if you buy a used one.
Thanks for this suggestion. These look pretty solid

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Wed May 01, 2019 7:30 pm

shadowplay wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 2:34 am
I recently had a play of an Admira A5 which a friend had bought for his child on instruction from his teacher. I thought it was an amazing and surprising instrument for the £300 or something they paid for it.

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This is another good suggestion. These Admiras seem to be made mostly of real woods and that's always a plus to me. Thanks!

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by dezb1 » Fri May 03, 2019 4:32 am

Harley benton do a nice solid top one can't remember the number but it's well below your top price

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by øøøøøøø » Fri May 03, 2019 11:22 am

Might be good to ask this question on a classical guitar forum, as well.

I wouldn’t go to an orchestral double bass forum to ask about buying a Fender Precision, you know? :)

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by garyfanclub » Fri May 03, 2019 11:30 am

Would highly recommend the 70's-era MIJ Guild Acoustics made under the Madeira (or Madiera?) brand name. Recently bought a C-600 for $120 that I really enjoy.

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by Bert Camenbert » Fri May 03, 2019 12:58 pm

garyfanclub wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 11:30 am
Would highly recommend the 70's-era MIJ Guild Acoustics made under the Madeira (or Madiera?) brand name. Recently bought a C-600 for $120 that I really enjoy.
Does yours have a laminated top? I remember seeing one in pawnshop a few years ago, dunno the model, but it was a Madeira steel-string acoustic guitar and it wasn't expensive. Being interested in everything Guild-related, I considered buying it, until I realized that it had a laminated top. :derp:

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Fri May 03, 2019 1:34 pm

Bert Camenbert wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 12:58 pm
garyfanclub wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 11:30 am
Would highly recommend the 70's-era MIJ Guild Acoustics made under the Madeira (or Madiera?) brand name. Recently bought a C-600 for $120 that I really enjoy.
Does yours have a laminated top? I remember seeing one in pawnshop a few years ago, dunno the model, but it was a Madeira steel-string acoustic guitar and it wasn't expensive. Being interested in everything Guild-related, I considered buying it, until I realized that it had a laminated top. :derp:
I've read that the Madeiras had an S as a suffix (indicating "solid spruce") if they were solid tops. I've no idea if all Madeiras have clear serial numbers though so who knows how accurate that could be?
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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by Unicorn Warrior » Fri May 03, 2019 8:51 pm

øøøøøøø wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 11:22 am
Might be good to ask this question on a classical guitar forum, as well.

I wouldn’t go to an orchestral double bass forum to ask about buying a Fender Precision, you know? :)
Yeah, I see your point. But I'd rather have OSGs response. Forumites here have never stirred me wrong. This forum has exponentially increased my musical gear knowledge over the last 6 years.

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Re: Cheap Classical Acoustic Reccomendations?

Post by StevenO » Sat May 04, 2019 2:49 am

I took Flamenco guitar in University and have played many nylon string classical and flamenco guitars and at one point was going to drop several thousand on a Conde Hermano or my friend's Grit Laskin. Evidently, I never did that, but I did buy myself a cheap red label Yamaha from an antique market and while it's not concert hall worthy, it has a wonderful sound to it and that's enough for folk or indie rock noodling. I absolutely love it.

So, I'd suggest you check out old Yamaha and other Japanese or Spanish made classical/nylon string guitars. Just as there are great, cheap steel string an electric guitars and you don't need to own a PRS, or whatever, you can easily do the same with nylon string guitars. Look for something that has a nice round, warm, and compressed sound, and you can't go wrong.

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