Hey all y'all.
Played rock and some jazz for decades - Hendrix, Allman and McLaughlin lover (who isn't really?). Got deathly bored playing 3 and 4 chord pop tunes in a local cover band down here in southern coastal North Carolina. If I never hear an Eagles or Van Morrison tune again that is fine with me.
Quit the rock band. Quit a folk band. Realized I felt stuck, so started looking for inspirational, maybe a unique teacher with a different path.
Luckily stumbled upon a UNC music grad with primary instrument classical guitar.
Dove into lessons just a few months ago. Completely inspired. Calluses have moved 1/4 inch towards my fingernails. Left hand nails to the nub, right hand nails growing. Restrung an old Takamine steel string dreadnought with nylon, which gets me through lessons and practice, but . . .
Time has come to buy a student guitar. Considering Esteve (teacher has one), Burguet, Kremona, Saez Marin, Camps on reputation. Want to spend around $1K. Have tried some Cordobas and Yahamas around that range, not in love or even much like. Insisting on solid top with slight preference for spruce. Def prefer ebony fingerboard to rosewood. I have pretty big paws but old age and computer work arthritis limits my stretch and need to avoid very high action. Open to any ideas and open to used or open box.
Thankful this forum is here, it has provided all kinds of useful clues and ideas, so thanks to, well, all y'all.
Warm regards, E.B.