This guitar rocks. I do not regret purchasing it. It sounds beautiful and looks so sharp. If you are looking at a less expensive model guitar and plan to stick with playing, invest the extra money. This thing is worth it and you won't have to invest in another guitar unless you want to pick up a guitar designed for high-end intermediate to advanced players.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.music123.com
This is a wonderful guitar. The neck meets the body at fret 12. It has the regular classical body but delivers more staccato and has a little harder sound than a regular classical guitar.
Body is cypress, top is solid spruce, the fretboard is Nato wood and the bridge is Rosewood. It has a pretty rosette and a natural gloss finish. There is a transparent pick gaurds to keep your nails from marring the surface.
As with most classical and flamenco guitars, the strings tie on.
The low action allows for fast fingering and handles legato well.
I put on D'Addario EXP medium tension strings. After the 3-6 hour breakin period, the guitar sounded wonderful. During the breakin period, there was a buzz on the D string. One I broke them in, the buzz was gone. The sound is brighter than the normal classical. Staccato is an ease on this guitar. The harmonics are nice. You can snap the strings with no concern for it going out of tune.
My Alhambra 3C (about $200 more) has more natural volume. But this one delivers all the volume you need.
I flay mostly classical, renaissance and Flamenco. But if you play any accoustic, this will handle it. You have to remember, though, you won't be getting that steel-string metallic sound out of it.
This stays in tune reliably depending on the strings you use. You buy a set for $5.00, you get a $5.00 set of strings. I didn't like the strings that came with it and changed them instantly for my D'Addario EXP medium tension strings I keep on hand. Those things stay in tune one you break them in. I wipe them down after every session and they last a long time. No string cleaner, just a soft cloth.
There is no truss rod in the guitar. The bridge is fixed. It is a classical guitar style with all the regular tuning features. Once you tune it, it stays in tune all the way up the neck. There is no place for a standard strap.
I wouldn't drop it if I were you. I almost pass out if I hit it against something. Classical guitars tend to be a wee bit fragile. If you store it, use a guitar humidifier. Extreme changes in climate and temperature are going to merit a slight tuning adjustment.