Hi everyone - I hope that this is the right place to ask this question (and if not, mods, please let me know and I'll delete it).
A few years ago (okay, it was 16), my husband bought me a S101 C29460, brand new, and when it came home it stayed in its case until a few months ago, when I FINALLY was able to find an instructor that clicked with me. I then stopped after a few months because I sliced my left pinky and needed it to heal (which it has, whew!). I recently pulled out the guitar and have begun relearning what little I had already learned.
In the interim, my husband finally pulled his Fender Strat out of hibernation, and when I took it to the local (well, 100+mile drive) GC for it to be restrung, cleaned, etc, I made the mistake of walking into nirvana...the acoustic room, which has a lovely selection of classical and acoustic guitars.
There are two there that caught my eye: Cordoba C5-CE, in absolute perfect shape, with a single cutout (I think that is the term), and what the store has labeled as Vintage, a 1970 Garcia No.3 classical (I've done some research, and this is the one put together in Japan), also in really good shape considering its age, and this one does not come with any electronics (which is not a dealbreaker since I have no idea how to use the electronics anyway).
Both sound lovely, though to my untrained ear, the Garcia has a slightly deeper sound. Both 'feel' right, the necks are - to me - slightly thinner, which might help me since I have been having 'issues' reaching my smaller fingers across the neck.
My (at last!) question would be that along with my basic S101 (I can find ZERO information about online), can anyone give any opinions on not so much the Cordoba, but the Garcia? I'm looking for something decent, perhaps an instrument that I will not need to upgrade as my skills increase? I'm not looking for resale value, but perhaps input as to what I should look for in either instrument. Pricewise, they're both close.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated