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    Any suggestions for a classical guitar I can buy for under $1000. Closer to $600 would be ideal. It should be a brand that is well known enough that I could try it out at a local Guitar Center. But I'm open to other possibilities.

    A couple important things to me. It would be great if it had easy action on the neck. Also, it would be wonderful if the guitar stayed in tune above the 12th fret. IOW, the nut, bridge, and frets would have to be set in good relation to each other. These two factors are more important to me than its tone quality.

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    You won't get any concert guitars for under $1000. Some quite good student guitars I've come across are around $600, but if you want a concert guitar you would be spending at least $7000 for an entry level one.

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    People actually pay that much money for some wood with bits of metal on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crudblud View Post
    People actually pay that much money for some wood with bits of metal on it?
    People pay more for pianos and violins etc. There are Stuart & Sons pianos that are being sold for as much as a small-ish apartment.

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    It is possible to get a very nice classical guitar second hand in that price range. I live in Los Angeles and wanted a guitar made by the local legends, the Candelas brothers. They made guitars for all the Mexican movie cowboys, as well as Jose Feliciano. I found a very nice one made by Porfirio in the early 60s on ebay and got it for a little over $700. I had my luthier fix a few problems, which cost another $175. But when I was done, I ended up with an amazing hand made Brazilian rosewood classical for a very good price. It just takes a little shopping.

    I have a beautiful Alhambra 9P Spanish guitar too which was in the same price range too. I paid $800 for that one. But I haven't played it since I got my Candelas. Sad.

    I play acoustic guitar too. I have a custom shop Gibson J200 just like Roy Rogers'... Beautiful quilt maple sunburst. Don't ask how much that one cost!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    People pay more for pianos and violins etc. There are Stuart & Sons pianos that are being sold for as much as a small-ish apartment.
    It's entirely preposterous.

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    ^Stuart & Sons. Best pianos in the world. They sell them at some places for over $300,000 for a 2.9 metre 102 key concert grand.




    But that's a bit off topic.....
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    At those prices it's a wonder anyone knows they're the best pianos in the world.

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    yeah sub $600 sounds about right for a student guitar. you can probably find a nice cedar solid top guitar, perhaps with laminated rosewood or mahogany back and sides. one go-to factory brand is yamaha, or any of the numerous spanish brands, depending on your location. which? the only way to choose is by trying them out and see your preference.

    personally, i purchased my study guitar at around $500, locally made. had i studied CG in college, i would've shelled out $2500-$4000 for a luthier concert guitar, locally crafted as well, new or used depending on availability.

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    Get a $30,000 Smallman guitar. Expensive but gives an AMAZING sound.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Crudblud View Post
    It's entirely preposterous.
    i totally agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    ^Stuart & Sons. Best pianos in the world. They sell them at some places for over $300,000 for a 2.9 metre 102 key concert grand.




    But that's a bit off topic.....

    They look very pretty, but who cares what they look like... When you're unloading that kind of coin on a musical instrument you should be concerned with how your instrument sounds, not how many useless ornaments you can mount to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofronitsky View Post
    They look very pretty, but who cares what they look like... When you're unloading that kind of coin on a musical instrument you should be concerned with how your instrument sounds, not how many useless ornaments you can mount to it.
    You can listen to it on the link I have provided. It actually sounds very different to your standard Steinway. It was designed so each note takes a longer time for its sound to decay than most other pianos.
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