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I am sure you have all seen many of these "which guitar?" posts, so I'll try to be as specific as I can, because I did narrow it down to several options.
First let me introduce myself - my name is Oren, I live in Israel, and I have been playing guitar for about 25 years now.
I played mostly electric guitars through the years - mostly jazz, but also blues, rock etc.
Recently I have been more interested in classical and flamenco style playing, and I have begun to study it more seriously. However, I have found that my old, beaten Admira Paloma does not inspire me, and I need a more fitting instrument.
Ok, after that said and done, I'll tell you what I have tried and liked, and I would like to hear the thoughts of people with more experience with classical guitars than me about these models.
First, I have tried the Admira artista and Admira Virtuoso. Both are nice, but I have seen flaws in their construction. Both play and sound very nice, I like the artista better mainly because of the nice rosewood sides and back - though the back is laminated (is there any advantage to solid sides? I mean, when the back is a laminate?). These are the cheapest of the bunch.
Second, there is the Alhambra 4P. This guitar seemed better constructed than the Admiras but in the same ballpark. the 5P is too expensive in Israel, over my budget.
The third guitar I saw was a Raimundo model 140 which seemed to me much better built, and it also sang to my ears. But I tried it in a different store, in a quiet sound proof room, as opposed to the other store where I tried the Admiras and the Alhambra in the main store, so I can say I am totally sure about the sound of it vs the other ones. This one too has a laminate back and solid sides (again - is this a selling point?).
Ah, and the best thing, is that the store manager there sold me my first fender stratocaster 20 years ago, we go way back, so he's letting me have the 140 at 30% off - which makes it only a little more expensive than the admira, and well withing my budget.
Ok. This is what I have seen so far, and right now I lean towards taking the Raimundo.
However, these is this dude who sells Aparicio and Burguet guitars. He's not a real store, but a guitar teacher and performer, but he brings them from spain in small quantities and sells them in his studio.
I will drive and check them out, but it's on another town.
I was thinking about AA50 and AA70.
The AA50 is probably within my budget. How does it compare to the Raimundo 140? From what I understand Raimundo and Aparicio where partners for a long time, so I'd expect both know their trade well?
The AA50 has laminated back and sides. (again - does this make her less desirable than the Raimundo with solid sides?)
The other option is the AA70 which would stretch my budget a little, but of course if I am caught in her charms nothing will stop me
She's all solid, and I would guess she's a better instrument. But is it 30% price better than the 140?
Please remember, I am not a pro, just a guitar addict. I want an instrument that will last, be comfortable, inspiring, and sound as good as possible - considering my budget.
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Since you have access to all of interested guitars, play them all and rate them base on 1) how comfortable are they to play 2) how do they sound 3) how does the sound make you feel. Then rank them and see where they fall in regards to you hard and soft monetary limits.
Personally I would lean toward the Burguet, Alhambra, or Apararicio.
Now - all of the mentioned are within my budget - except for the AA70 - I will stretch my budget if I have a "connection" with her.
The Raimundo seemed most comfortable to play, It had a little lower action. But I can't *really* compare becuase the conditions for playing are so different between the two stores (one lets you sit on a stool in a nice quiet room, the other sit sit on some amplifier in a hall full of kids playing ibanez electrics...).
Burguet is probably above my budget. I will see them, but I don't beleive it will happen.
We'll see about the aparicio's.
AA80 is about 1500$ and AA70 1200.
I can get the Raimundo 140 at about 800$, it usually costs in that store 1200.
Originally I aimed at 800$ max.
I can get an AA50 for 800$. But the qeustion is if it's better than the raimundo (and if there's any significance to the solid sides?). I havent played the apparicios yet (2 days to go).
I figure that if the dude will give me a 20% discount on the AA70 I can take it. but 1200$ is way over my budget...
I went to play the Admira Artista and the Raimundo 140 again. Tomorrow I'll go and see the apparicios (it's quite a drive).
Anyway, the thing is - I can't afford an AA100 or an AA80.
So my options are the AA70 (maybe! If he'll come forward and lower the price a little bit), or the AA50 (which is within the budget). Maybe a Burguet guitar, but I think they are more expensive than the aparicios.
Or the Raimundo 140. I'll pass on the Admiras, since the Raimundo comes close in price after discount - and it is much better built and finished (on the Admira I can see glue between the body and neck, yuck!). It also sounds better to my ears - but again - different playing conditions.
Pepe, are you familiar with the AA50/70s? I beleive the AA70 is higher grade than the Raimundo, but what about the AA50?
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The Raimundo I have seen is obviously better built and sounding than the Alhambra I can afford (4P). I've seen nicer Alhambra's, but well above my budget(7P).
I agree about spinding what I can. I may be a newbie with classical guitars, but I have many years of playing Electric and steel string accoustics behind me - I want an instrument that will inspire me to play it more and more.
This is why I am looking to get the most out of what I am going to spend.
Keep them coming!
I talked to the dude who holds the Aparicios, it turns out he has 3 AA52 in stock, which are within my budget (they go between the AA50 and AA70 in mr. Aparicio's line).
This model seems to be a fine guitar, with all solid wood - Cedar or Spruce top (i'll go for the cedar, unless a spruce model will win my heart) and cocobolo rosewood back and sides.
I've never tried (or even seen) a cocobolo back/sides guitar before, and I know nothing about this wood, except that it looks awesome in the pictures.
What can you tell me about this tonewood? I guess it will be better than the raimundo laminated back - but i'll have to try and see.
Has anyone tried this model?
I emailed Aparicio about it, but so far no answer.
It is way over my budget anyway.
Strange thing about the AA52 - I don't think it's solid cocobolo on the back and sides. If it is, he would write that on the website, not just cocobolo.
On the other hand, it's in the craftman series, which should be all solid woods.
But on various dealer sites who holds it, it says it's the top of the standard line, and had laminated cocobolo or madagascar rosewood back and sides.
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Well, first - it's a beautiful guitar. I haven't seen anything like that in this price range. Plus, she sounds full and fat, and I liked it very much.
After trying her, I knew I would not buy thje Admira or the Raimundo.
Then I tried a couple of AA70's, and that was it. More than 20% over my budget, but what can you do? When there's that connection, it's there.
My camera or photography skills can't do it justice. I'll upload some music when I'm good enough
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