Thankyou. I hope you are enjoying your affair with Teresa.
The Teresa is very good value and better than most (even a Rodriguez I tried at £800 was not anywhere near as good). I just was not happy with the G; it swells too quickly and peaks too soon then and drops off very quickly. My CG teacher says you have to spend at least £1000 to find a guitar that has a great sounding G and even balance across all the strings. After all the guitars I tried, I am inclined to agree.
However, after playing the Ramirez AE and Raimundo 148, it could not compete, whole different league. I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a guitar if they only had £500 to spend.
Normally my preference is Cedar, I like the dark sonorous sound. However, the AE and 148 surprised me by how dark they can be made to sound.
The 148 had the sweetest sound and was very mellow, almost like Cedar (it was a spruce top) with the best sustain.
The AE has a loud voice, with a full sound, and lovely string-to-string balance. I found it had a greater tonal palette than the 148, although the 148 has slightly better sustain. The trebles ring bell like, with clarity. The strings on the AE can blend and resonate while still leaving enough separation to hear each string express itself.
I tried an R4 which was very good, beautiful sound great sustain, even balance across the strings, and suprising brightess and clarity in the trebles for a cedar guitar, but again the tonal pallet was not as great as the AE, and it was a little lacking in volume and did not sound as full as the AE, probably due to its slightly smaller body. I thought the 148 was a better guitar overall. The R4 was exceptionally easy to play though.
It was a tough competition; in the end for me it was a 2 horse race, the 148 or the AE. The AE won, but all in all the AE, 148 and R4 were a clear head and shoulders above all the others I tried (I have only mentioned the ones I think worth mentioning). I could have tried more, I guess, but for me, the AE sold itself straight away, the process was just confirmation. I needed to be sure that I could not find anything better, or better value slightly drop in overall quality for big drop in price).
There is in the end no such thing as better, only what suits the individual. These are all my opinions bases on my preferences.