Mr.Rain wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:56 am
Classique wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:25 am
I have recently gone out and played different models of guitars, and the ones I have enjoyed the most were the La Patrie Etude and the Alhambra 10 P. Both are listed at 399 retail,...
I think you got the Alhambra model wrong, even used a 10P is not a 400$ guitar (new it is like 1600€..)
In that case, buy that one. Quick!
Seriously, it sounds like you can't go wrong either way, so for $500 it's time to consider things like color, trim, feel, smell, nationality and so on. Or, more practically, warranty length, customer support, case options, etc.
Pickups are nice for live gigs when a mic isn't practical. If you won't have that need, I wouldn't bother with the cost, weight, and potential sonic and structural compromise, since decent aftermarket options are available for occasional use, and at these price points you're not getting best of breed. Regardless, you want to listen to any particular pickup+preamp+EQ+amp+speakers combo to decide if the tone is acceptable to you. If it's one of those music superstores, you'll be able to try it out with the equipment situations you'll likely encounter, and compare with other options.