I'm just astonished. singlechange and I messaged, and we have accepted his incredibly generous offer. My daughter looked at the photos (without even knowing about the offer, having any explanation from me, or knowing that it is really a special and unusual guitar) and immediately loved the look of the guitar, especially the rosette.
Regarding the size concerns... I know she is very young to be on a full-sized guitar, but she has a long/lean build with long arms & hands. I just double-checked and at 4'10" she is indeed the height of the average 12-year-old...! And everything I've read generalizes to a recommendation of a 3/4 guitar for ages 8-12, then moving to a larger size if desired.
I think you can see just in the photo I posted, the difference between her hand on her guitar neck & that of her friend's hand (same age) beside her. We have to constantly tell her to tuck her thumb under the neck because it's constantly creeping around and curling around the neck when she plays - honestly a larger neck might be easier for her in some ways? (Totally guessing - I know nothing!
As I mentioned up-thread, she did play a C7 and a C9 in a local shop and we felt that she looked comfortable on them. So did the employees, based on her arm position & hand reach - I think someone made the point that they're there to sell stuff - however, to their credit they encouraged us to get the less expensive C7 over the C9, which is just one example of why I trust that shop. And it appears that the full Cordobas have the same scale/thickness as this Nobe?
I believe as Beowulf noted, she will need some time to adjust to the heavier weight. FWIW she's been in competitive swimming since age 5 and is very strong... I am confident she'll be fine. And we will still have her 3/4 Lucida to fall back to, if she does get tired while practicing.
When it arrives maybe I'll post another pic of her playing and would love to hear everyone's advice on how she looks with it as far as her position, etc., as I really do respect all of your expertise! I don't want to do anything that would be counterproductive to her journey.
But I do believe this guitar will inspire her in her learning. She is so excited!!! Honestly, singlechange, not only is she excited about this guitar, but she is thrilled by the kindness in your gesture. Not to shamelessly brag or anything
, but she is a really sweet kid and cares deeply about people being kind to one another... so to be the beneficiary of such a gesture means a ton to her and, in itself, inspires her. I'm getting teary again!