Richard Lawrence wrote:I only have 1 classical guitar that I have had for 12 years. I love that guitar and will always keep it but the playability is not where I want it. it seems the action is a little high and I have to work at getting things to sound good. The 1st string e also does not have a "singing" tone that I want. The guitar I have is pretty much designed after a Ramirez and the guitar I had before that WAS a Ramirez. It seems with the design the basses have a tendency to overpower the trebles easy. I want something different than the Ramirez design. I am not sure whether to try a lattice braced guitar or not. I am still doing research on this. It seems the guitar I have is one step below a concert instrument. I have gotten to the point where I need a concert instrument that can let me express myself fully. Thank you for any suggestions. Rick
First, you should try a few strings to make your guitar sing better, especially the 1st: Knobloch carbon medium or Dr. Junger aristona carbon medium or - even better - low tension. If you need more clarity, go for Savarez medium Alliance (red) or the Dr. Junger supersona carbon (medium or low), for instance. You may not like carbon strings though.
Why not lower the apparently too high action?
If you do need a new guitar, start asking yourself which sound (homogeneous, projecting, great dynamics, great tonal range... what are your priorities?) and which playability (short scale?) you're looking for and not how much money you can pay for it.
i tried many, many "concert" and or "luthier" guitars and you can find some fine guitars in your price range, new or second hand, made by Ana Espinosa, René Baarslag, Daniel Bernaert, Walter Verreydt, Keijo Liikanen, Pepe Marín, Paco Marín, Antonio Marín, Angel Benito, Arnoldo García, Frank-Peter Dietrich, Jean-Luc Joie, Michael Gee, George Lowden and maybe even some lattice ones by Gnatek or Marty (I found a very good Marty sold at only 4200 euro for a friend a few years ago...). probably some others I can't recall now...