I would recommend whatever you decide, only buy when you have actually played the guitar. I learned this lesson the hard way and essentially wasted 2500 dollars. The Mangore guitar I bought and still have was a major disappointment(is explained in detail on the public space forum. search renato bellucci and you should find it. ) I went to Dream guitars in Ashville NC where they had many quality guitars to play and choose from, and found a Bogdonovich I fell in love with . I strongly recommend you travel if you have to and sit down and play several. Alhambra is another brand that always gets great reviews, in your price range too.nicknicklus wrote:you could look for a good guitar at the mangore web site there you can find some guitars handmade for around 2,000 dollars.
The Classical Guitar Store also carries the Paco Marin line. I own a PM395 with spruce top and like it a lot. Most Paco Marins are within the price range you quoted and you owe it to yourself to check them out while you are there.gonff1300 wrote:I would like to find a nice classical guitar with either a solid spruce or cedar top, ebony fingerboard, and solid IER sides and bottom for under $2000.
I'm doing some research before visiting the Classical Guitar Store in Philadelphia to play several different models and make a decision.
Does anyone have any experience with The Classical Guitar Store in Philadelphia, with the GIAMBATTISTA G6 or the Antonio Picado Model 54 or 60?
Any other models in that price range that you'd recommend or other retailers in Philadelphia, NYC, or northern NJ?
Those are the same four guitars I've been investigating. OK, I'll add a fifth: a GV Rubio Estudio, which is in the same ballpark price-wise. I can hear all of them locally except the Giambattista.gonff1300 wrote:After extensive research, I visited The Classical Guitar store in Philadelphia intending to purchase a spruce Loriente Clarita. I spent two hours playing and listening to cedar and spruce tops including the Loriente Clarita, the Giambattista G6, the Antonio Picado Model 60, and the Kenny Hill Almeria. I finally chose the Giambattista G6 based on the sound, fit and finish. After playing it for a week, the only change I would make is to lower the action a bit to meet my preferences.