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dianacasaes
Jul 2, 2018

What kind of guitars do you have?

32 comments

Edited: Jul 5, 2018

Hi everyone, I’m new here. I would like to know about your guitars. Thanks.

dianacasaes
Jul 3, 2018

I have only one guitar, it’s a ”Hermanos Conde” guitar of the year 1990. It has more flamenco than classical sound.

johnnious
Jul 4, 2018

After signing in here I left my old school Yamaha C40 for a new Prudencio Saez 132 which I absolutely love!

Nathan
Jul 9, 2018

I bought a cheap (£50) Valencia a couple of years ago but haven't played it much until recently. I'll use this now mostly for learning the notes to new songs, then move to my new guitar to practice playing.

Recently purchased an Alhambra 4P cedar top, beautiful guitar and a big difference in sound quality to the other.

I then became curious about spruce tops, and wanted to know how different they could be. I found an Esteve Madrid model at half price which arrives in a couple of days. I'm told it's the equivalent of an Alhambra 9P. It's having new Savarez strings before being delivered as it was a display guitar.

 

I'd also like to know what strings you all use. I've ordered some Galli titanium after watching an Ana Vidovic interview.

dianacasaes
Jul 9, 2018

Congratulations for your new guitar¡¡ The strings I use are: Knobloch, Savarez, LaBella, Hannabach, Augustine...

Nathan
Jul 12, 2018

The Esteve arrived, not much difference in looks to the Alhambra, the body is about 1cm deeper and I think it's a little easier to play. The shop lowered the action to 3.5 as I said the action on my other guitar might be a little high. I'll lower it a bit next time the strings are changed. There's quite a difference with the normal tension strings too, noticeably softer. I'm going to try different sorts as I go along and find a preference.

Mohsin Zizou
Aug 1, 2018Edited: Aug 1, 2018

I have a Torres replica made by "Milestones of Music". It is a fantastic instrument. Although the original Torres designs have a 640cm scale length and a slightly smaller body, which is similar to the Ramirez 130, my guitar has a 650cm scale length but supports the smaller body which is ever so comfortable. The sound is amazing. Both the trebles and the basses are wonderfully balanced and bring a powerful yet sweet response.

Here is a video of me playing Tárrega's "Endecha":

 

 

 

Mohsin

Kevin
Sep 27, 2018

Mohsin - that was great! Thanks for sharing. Very nice tone and depth.

dleagjeld
Aug 6, 2018

I currently have four two of them I purchased from Tavi. The first one is a Ramirez Auditorio. You can see it in the videos on the site called Canco del Lladre and Cancion de Cuna. The guitar is off the charts good with that beautiful Spanish darkness associated with a cedar top. The second is a Alexandru murian that can be found on the videos Preludio-de-adios and Romance de Los Pinos. The guitar records like no other guitar that I have ever owned it's just amazing. It's one caveat is the neck shape I have a partially amputated index finger on my fretting hand so it is a little uncomfortable for me to play. Number 3 is a John Blanchard spruce. John is kind of an obscure builder but sought after in the local area. 4 is a older Lucida one with the real wood top before they went with plywood. I'm going to donate that guitar to the local community so someone with limited means can have a guitar to play. If someone wants to purchase the Alexandru or Blanchard let me know.

dianacasaes
Aug 11, 2018

Congratulations, Mohsin. I like very much the way you play; even I woud like learn to play that song. Do you knou some youtube tutorial o similar?

Mohsin Zizou
Aug 12, 2018

Hi Diana, Thank you for your kind words. I am afraid that I do not have any links to video tutorials. In the case of this piece, a friend of mine has a hard copy of the music sheet which I used to learn the prelude. It is part of Tárrega's "Endecha y Oremus". I am sure that there are various copies available for purchase online. Sorry that I was not of greater assistance. Regards, Mohsin

glewis86
Aug 19, 2018

Hi Diana

My guitar is one that I bought 20 years ago in Vietnam for $100 US. I think it is solid spruce on top and mahogany sides and back but I’m not sure It is really pretty good for the price I paid , but now seems to be showing signs of age and I am thinking of getting a new one.

If anyone has experience with the higher end Cordoba guitars I would like to hear your thoughts. Or any other guitars in the same price range would be interesting to hear about.

Thanks

George

 

TaviJinariu
Aug 20, 2018

Hi George, Cordoba guitars are great, especially the C10 cedar top instruments. Do you want to know the best kept secret of classical guitars? The vintage Takamine 132C, Takamine 140 and the Cervantes 800 and some of the higher grade Yairi are incredible buys for the money. Here is a full recital recorded with a Cervantes guitar (a Ramirez replica). 

 

 

 

gspldng
Feb 26

Tavi,

I enjoyed listening to the various Yairi guitars you play on YouTube. I see you also mention them here in this post. One of my guitars is a 1975 CY125 Yairi and it was the first classical I owned. I still like the guitar very much. However, a few years ago I had some work done on the action and was getting some dead spots on the fretboard. The luthier (not sure he is qualified to be called that) ended up filing the frets for some reason and now they have far too much relief on them and the string slides off frequently when playing on the higher positions. Also, the bridge is starting to lift (it has been like that for a long time). Do you think it makes sense to have this guitar re-fretted and have the bridge re-glued? If so, do you know a luthier that I can trust to do the work? I live in the Boston Area, but I have had one bad experience already with this guitar and don't want a repeat.

FYI, my other guitar is a 2015 Steve Connor cedar top. I love that guitar, great sound and playability.

 

See photos of the Yairi

Yairi CY 125. 1975

 

 

Thanks

Gregg

glewis86
Aug 20, 2018

Thanks for the info Tavi.

George

Kevin
Aug 20, 2018

Interesting - I thought I knew what guitar I wanted by reading reviews, google, research, etc. When I played the one I thought would make me happy, I was disappointed with the sound. I spent 4 hours at a very reputable classical guitar store in Atlanta and went home empty handed and discouraged.

 

I went back and asked that they let me audition guitars without telling me the price or brand - again just going for how the guitar sounded. I was after a beautiful deep balanced tone. I compared several with my existing classical guitar and others at the store.

 

The guitar I chose scared me initially, as I was afraid of the price based on how beautiful it sounded. As it turned out, it was not the most expensive at all. I ended up purchasing a Cervantes Rodriguez PE and so far absolutely love it.

 

 

TaviJinariu
Aug 20, 2018

There you go! Always trust your ears and be honest with what you actually like. Reviews can be helpful but not an absolute guarantee.

rod.j.worthington
Sep 25, 2018

I have 2 guitars,A Godin Grand Concert,And i am refurbishing a Jose Ramirez 3 1987,Just fitted it up with Savarez New Premium Strings,It sounds Beautiful,very pleased with it.

rod.j.worthington
Sep 25, 2018

Like most I have spent a Lot of money trying to find those elusive special strings,,Just Purchased and Fitted the new Savarez Premium,,Blown away..Beautiful.

Kevin
Sep 27, 2018

Rod - can you give more details on the Savarez strings? What did you like the most about them? What model exactly, thanks.

rod.j.worthington
Sep 27, 2018Edited: Oct 1, 2018

Thanks for asking,They are savarez new cristal cantiga "Premium" Normal Tension.510 crp,But I changed the G string to carbon,though i found out to late that you can also buy them with the carbon 3rd string.The Basses are a New concept for Savarez the Trebles are their New Cristal ,I found the Basses Loud and Clear,with very Quick responce.The Trebles Balance Nicely with the Basses,giving a Clear Tonal Shape,From my own Limited experience,By Limited i mean i am no expert.I Put them on my Ramirez and of all the strings i have Fitted these outshone them all by a Large Margin..And I have payed up to $50 in your Dollars for some,$36 of others.Hope this Helps.

 

 

 

Kevin
Sep 27, 2018

@rod.j.worthington

Thanks Rod - I can't find the New Cristal Cantiga Premium Normal Tension 510 CRP anywhere. I tried Stringsbymail, Amazon and Google - my life story - lol. Where did you get yours?

rod.j.worthington
Sep 28, 2018Edited: Sep 28, 2018

@Kevin I am from London and bought mine from a London Guitar shop,London Guitar Studio..Have you looked on Savarez's own site?they may list shops in The U.S..I am Truly Pleased with these New Strings..The Trebles are So, So Sweet,Love them.they cost me £17.90,here in the U.K.Where you from,I would be happy to find out for you!Remember these Strings are Brand New Line.Savarez apparently had to install New Machinary for the Production of this New string..When i first looked on Amazon for these strings,they were not listed there.

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glewis86
Sep 27, 2018

An update to what type of guitar I have. The old Vietnamese guitar has been retired and replaced by a Cordoba C12 cedar. Very nice guitar but I found the top to be a little to sensitive. There is a luthier here in Vancouver who makes armrests so I bought one of them and now there is no tonal change when I accidentally change pressure with my right arm.

i am very happy with this guitar.

dleagjeld
Oct 4, 2018

Plus one on Tavi's suggestion on the Cervantes. That guitar is a real sleeper. For a couple of thousand dollars it will get you really close to the sound of a Ramirez 1a.

Nathan
Oct 4, 2018

I have Savarez normal tension strings on my Esteve (spruce) guitar and Galli titanium hard tension on my Alhambra (cedar).

The Savarez high E is quite sharp compared to the Galli which is a little thicker and more comfortable to play. I prefer how the Galli sounds and think I've found my brand.

I'll put these on the Esteve next change and compare with the Alhambra.

I'm practicing El Testament d'Amelia now and finding it much easier with the Alhambra + Galli.

 

Although I find it easier playing Capricho Arabe on the Esteve. I have more trouble with rolling the E string off the side of the fret board on the Alhambra for some reason.

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  • Mohsin Zizou
    Oct 4

    Hi all, I hope that my message finds you all in good health. I'm writing this to share my experience with you in relevance to my recent guitar purchase. So, a few months ago I decided to sell my guitar because I have always been drawn to a deeper/darker sound, which my spruce "Torres" model didn't deliver. It wasn't that the instrument lacked anything, it had been an awesome companion in my journey thus far but maybe it was something which I lacked and I was searching for. Nevertheless, I travelled from China to England visiting Brighton, Kent and London to test guitars and hopefully find that missing something. I'll write below the instruments I tried and a short review of what I felt about them. I spent three full days playing and replaying many instruments, so writing a review for each of the guitars would be a very big job, I will however provide information on the instruments I feel were most appealing to me. It is important to understand that this is only my opinion, which is highly subjective and would probably not be the same for everyone. Juan Hernandez Maestro- New (GBP2800): Specs - Top: Canadian cedar. Nut width: 52.5mm. Back and sides:  Cocobolo. Varnish:  Nitro Lacquered. Fingerboard:  Ebony. Scale:  650 mm. I really liked this instrument from the first time I lay my hands on it. The construction of the instrument was first class, with high quality woods from all over the world and a very tidy finish. One of the reasons I liked it almost instantly was because of the ease in playability due to a well shaped neck and a great set up. The instrument was also very loud but with sublime control. The bass did not overpower the trebles and the notes had great sustain. My only issue with the instrument was the it was a little too big for my liking and I wanted an instrument, which to me was perfect from the get go. If you don't mind a slightly larger instrument, I would seriously recommend the Hernandez Maestro. Overall score 4.5/5 Pablo Requena- Second hand (GBP 2000): Specs - Top:  Cedar. Nut width: 52mm. Back and sides:  Indian Rosewood. Varnish:  French Polish. Fingerboard:  Ebony. Scale:  650 mm. Nowadays, Pablo's guitars go for over 4000GBP brand new so this seemed like a bargain. Having said that, after playing the instrument and considering the price I thought that it was not worth it. In my opinion the Alhambra 10p is much better in terms of value for money. Don't get me wrong, it was a good instrument. The balance of the instrument as well as sustain and playability were good but for the same price one could buy a similar instrument with a case and a year's warranty. Overall score 4.0/5 Stephen Hill 2A- New (GBP 3000): Specs - Top:  Spruce. Nut width: 52mm. Back and sides:  Wenge. Varnish:  French Polish. Fingerboard:  Ebony. Scale:  650 mm. I don't see what all the fuss is about. The instrument was no more exceptional than most guitars in the 1500GBP-2000GBP category. Again, I'd like to stress that it was not that the instrument was not good, but for the same price one could buy an instrument with higher quality woods and tuners. The workmanship was great as would be expected from a maestro luthier but for me the price of the instrument and what it delivered were not on par. The Hernandez was head and shoulders ahead of it in terms of power, balance and sustain, but the playability of both instruments was similar. Overall score 4.0/5 Amalio Burguet 1a- New (GBP 2300): Specs - Top:  Cedar. Nut width: 52mm. Back and sides:  Indian Rosewood. Varnish:  Lacquer. Fingerboard:  Ebony. Scale:  650 mm. This instrument was very enjoyable to play. I found that even as a new instrument, it had maturity and balance across the fingerboard and strings. I spent quite a long time playing this instrument because I think that for the price it was a very good deal. It had power and sustain, doing a lot of work for the player and making it a very good companion. However, it was missing something, maybe it was me but I felt that I hadn't found what I was looking for, so I continued my search. Overall score 4.2/5 Jose Ramirez 1a 1967- Second hand (GBP 5000): Specs - Top:  Cedar. Nut width: 54mm. Back and sides:  Brazilian Rosewood. Varnish:  Lacquer. Fingerboard:  Ebony. Scale:  664 mm. The best instrument I've ever played. I had heard that the old Ramirez were very difficult to play because of the action, the size of the instrument as well as the scale length, but it just goes to show that one shouldn't believe something because someone said so. The guitar was very easy to play, the size was not big and the scale length was not noticeable. But oh my, the sound. The notes had a piano-like quality and an extra-ordinary balance. For once Segovia's words mades sense. "The guitar is like an orchestra looked at by the reverse side of the binoculars. It is a little orchestra". And that it was. It had something within it that spoke without words, things within me I had not known. If I had the money I would have bought it instantly. Overall score 5/5 Pappalardo S2- New (GBP 2900): Specs - Top:  Cedar. Nut width: 52mm. Back and sides:  Indian Rosewood. Varnish:  Lacquer. Fingerboard:  Raised / Ebony. Scale:  650 mm. I loved this guitar. In terms of playability, it was the best out of all the guitars I tested. It was highly responsive and a low action made the difficult passages very simple to play. The volume was the same as most large guitars but there was an unusual control even when one strikes the strings without control. All this, added to the raised fingerboard made it a players dream. An example of this ease in playability is the B section in Satie's Gnossienne No. 1, which goes up to an A on the high E string. On this guitar it was really easy to play that usually awkward note. Having said all of that, it lacked the piano-like notes on the high E string, which I heard on the Ramirez 1a. A little thing like that made sure that I kept at it. Overall score 4.6/5 Yulong Guo Chamber- New (GBP 3000): Specs - Top:  Cedar. Nut width: 52mm. Back and sides:  Santos Rosewood. Varnish:  Lacquer. Fingerboard:  Ebony. Scale:  650 mm. Armrest. This instrument was a strange one. After playing the Pappalardo for almost 30 minutes I picked up the Yulong Guo and I put it straight back down. I really disliked it. It was bright even when I played tasto or tried hard to create a darker sound. And honestly it felt like no matter how much I tried to colour a piece with different tonal variances, I seemingly got the same response. The guitar was however loud and easy to play. Again, this may just be me and my preference of sound but for the asking price it was not worth it. Overall score 3.8/5 Manuel Adalid Membrana- New (GBP 2800): Specs - Top:  Cedar. Nut width: 52mm. Back and sides:  Pau Ferro. Varnish:  French Polish. Fingerboard:  Ebony. Scale:  650 mm. It was between this instrument and the one I chose for the final showdown. It has everything, power, balance, control, sustain and fantastic playability. Before playing this instrument in terms of tonal quality my favourite had been the Hernandez Maestro and in terms of playability it had been the Pappaladro, but the Membrana had a bit of both worlds and a little more. I really enjoyed playing it and it seemed like this was going to be the one until... Overall score 4.8/5 Mengual y Margarit Luthier- New (GBP 3500): Specs - Top:  Cedar. Nut width: 52mm. Back and sides:  Indian Rosewood. Varnish:  Lacquer. Fingerboard:  Ebony. Scale:  650 mm. I played this. This was it. From the first note I played, it captivated and held my attention. Legend has it that the Stradivarius instruments have something within them that only the player feels. 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