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Mar 23rd, 2015 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd like to have a nylon string to go along with my Martin dreadnought.

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Mar 23rd, 2015 08:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes. Of course your own skills and preferences will determine what "yes" means to you when you begin your search.

I'm far from a classical aficionado, but decent used nylon string guitars are common, and usually very cheap.

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Mar 23rd, 2015 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BTW - I know of a very nice 50 yr old classical guitar in excellent shape in a small shop. IIRC it's $299.00 It does not have a pickup.

Due to FDP sales policy I won't post the seller's info in the thread. If something like that interests you my email is in my profile. I can give you contact information.



LHW

Southwest Ohio

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Mar 24th, 2015 02:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a Cordoba classical guitar, and loved it. Model C-5 is $299, and model C 5CE (with a pickup) is $399. Both feature a solid Canadian cedar top, with a mahogany back and sides.

Trumpet

usa

Mar 24th, 2015 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't care about a pickup. If I ever need to amplify (doubtful), I'll just stick a mic in front of it.

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Mar 24th, 2015 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yamaha makes a decent classical guitar.

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

Mar 24th, 2015 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yamaha are masters of the affordable classical guitar.

Avoid really old ones, the cedar tops diminish in tone after a long time. One of the reasons why you don't see really fine vintage classical guitars holding their value like old violins. I believe that also holds true for trumpets due to the change in the metal properties over a long period of time.

Trumpet

usa

Mar 24th, 2015 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I forgot about Yamaha. I'll check them out.

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Mar 24th, 2015 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check eBay for an older used Alvarez-Yairi. Very nice guitars at decent prices.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

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Mar 24th, 2015 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife got her Takamine EC132C (ASW, MIJ, EQ) used really cheap.

If you want to go new, La Patrie (part of Godin) is worth a look. Be ready to try as many as possible. Note--I did a quick search, they've gone up quite a bit in price.

As previously mentioned, Yamaha makes several affordable classical guitars.

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Mar 24th, 2015 08:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My cheap Lucero nylon string guitar plays and sounds nice. It's an A/E with a cutaway. The neck is very comfortable.

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Mar 24th, 2015 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you could find a used Takamine C132S for $500 or less, that definitely would be worth a look. I have a "blem" (a couple of barely noticeable top scars) Yamaha Flamenco guitar (model CG171SF) that I bought for $110 that sounds great.

Yamaha CG171SF review + comments

(This message was last edited by CVH at 11:56 AM, Mar 25th, 2015)

telegib

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Mar 24th, 2015 08:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you are looking for a classical electric look at the Yamaha NTX 700.

Yamaha NTX 700

Trumpet

usa

Mar 27th, 2015 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've decided I'm going to buy a Yamaha. I've never been disappointed with any Yamaha purchase. If for some reason I don't like it, I'll just ship it back for a return.

Trumpet

usa

Mar 27th, 2015 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I just got off the phone with Sweetwater and that fella pretty much sold me on the Córdoba C5. He said Yamaha is a great choice too, but based on the type tone I described he thinks is like the C5 the best out of the choices available in my price range.

telegib

Canada

Mar 27th, 2015 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You should try it out first though. Not saying the Cordoba is not good because I haven't tried one.

But for a regular sized Classical guitar some of the Yamaha's are real nice.

Good luck with your purchase and let us know how it all turns out.

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Mar 27th, 2015 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like a great choice Trumpet.

Bundle Value

Trumpet

usa

Mar 28th, 2015 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder how much that package is? Sweetwater quoted $300 with a gig bag. I'd rather have a hard case as I'd being carrying it on my truck at times

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Idaho, USA

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Mar 31st, 2015 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I looked at Yamahas but ended up with a La Patrie Concert that I bought from our sponsor, MF.

If you haven't bought yet....

Trumpet

usa

Mar 31st, 2015 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I already ordered, but the fella asked me how I heard about sweetwater. I told him from this site.

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