Classical Guitars PLUS

flamenco, cutaway and electro-nylon string,
small-size and left-handed classical guitars
Prices include UK VAT

Free delivery UK Mainland all Orders over £10


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Featured Guitars.

Never have you seen so many wonderful nylon string guitars in such a small place.

We keep the broadest selection of classical, flamenco, cutaway-/electro-/crossover-classicals, short-scale and children's guitars. As well as all kinds of accessories and strings. All at sensible prices.

"Thank you very much for your excellent advice and thoroughly professional service." Robert Weight. "Very kind and thoughtful of you ... in line with your care and attention to detail" John Dillon.

Price Changes - the bad news and the good!

Following the sudden decline in the value of the pound sterling in July 2016 we have had to increase the price of a number of our most popular lines. Sorry. But as everything we buy is originally priced in Euros or US Dollars we have had no choice.

However, we are only changing prices of newly arriving stock and this means that there are some real BARGAINS to be had on guitars we already have here.

Milestones Alemagna - heel.

Milestones - Inspired guitars!!

"Inspired" in the colloquial sense : a great idea which has resulted in some magnificent guitars at very accessible prices.

Inspired too in the literal sense : each model incorporates the key features of great instruments made by the historical masters. More...

Hanika 1a Custom 1389-15 - Nicholas Mahoney.

Buying on the Internet?

All guitars are thoroughly checked and expertly set-up before they leave. Fully insured courier and extremely careful packing.

"The Guitar arrived today, in perfect condition. And what a beautiful piece! Our classical guitar lecturer Karsten Andersen and associate Professor Tore-Morten Andreassen were very pleased", Music Conservatory The Arctic University of Norway

Hanika 1a - head detail.

NEW 2016 Hanika range

We are taking orders now for Hanika's new 2016 models.

We also have a number of 2015 models - last chance to buy these at lower prices.

More....

Special Offers -

Guitars - some new, some previously owned - as well as strings and accessories at SPECIAL PRICES.

John Alvey Turner - soundboard.
A Guitar of the French School in spruce and maple.

Believed to be 19th century and from the John Alvey Turner Shop.

Professionally restored to full-playing condition.

Alhambra Jaime Julia 67 - Back.
Alhambra Jaime Julia - One only, Special price.

Spruce and Brazilian rosewood. Signed by the luthier.

Esteve Manuel Adalid 50th Anniversary - Rosette.
Esteve 50th Anniversary - previously owned

A wonderful rich, full, mature high-Spanish tone.

Double top cedar soundboard. Back and sides in Madagascar rosewood.

Hanika BasisCut PC 1675-13 - front.
Hanika BasisCutPC Custom

New and fully warranted. Custom features include -

  • 50mm nut
  • Radiused fingerboard
  • C neck profile
  • Reduced neck depth
  • Two saddles giving choice of string action

News

Francisco Correa and Michael Butten.

Francisco Correa and Michael Butten try out Milestones guitars in the shop

Francisco and Michael were performing with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and took the opportunity to come over to try out all the Milestones guitars we had recently received. Francisco liked the Romantica so much that he bought it.

I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon listening to these 2 wonderful young players.

Hanika 56PC Classical Guitar - soundhole.

Customised Classical and Flamenco Guitars

Standard classical and flamenco guitars do not suit everyone's needs and for that reason renowned makers offer a range of custom build options. Alternative scale length, finish, neck profiles, fret materials, pickups and pickguards; these and more are all available. Prices are surprisingly reasonable.

You can find out more about the customisation options available from Hanika here. Please phone to talk through which of the various options available may suit you best.

Poniente - Jesse and Michael.

Poniente visiting the shop

Jesse and Michael of Poniente gave some of our flamencas a good workout.

Their concert in Crediton the evening before was wonderful!!

"Their duo collaboration draws together flamenco and traditional Spanish and Latin American song."

Yamaha NCX900R - Upper Bout.

Special Set Up for Yamaha NCX & NTX series

We have successfully set up Yamaha NX series guitars to give a brighter tone and lower action than they come with as standard. ...more

"thanks for your time and advice on saturday, the guitar [Yamaha NCX900FM] sounds fantastic" Stephen Woodman, November 2009

American Flag.

Now Shipping to the USA

We have got to grips with the documentation involved in US Customs Plant Protection/Lacey Act Amendment and can successfully ship Hanika guitars - both custom and standard models - to the US. Other brands which can be shipped include La Mancha and Gropp.

   

Lattice braced and double-top Guitars

A number of important European luthiers are building instruments with double-top or lattice-braced soundboards.

Camps GL-40 - Soundhole.
Powerful and elegant double-top guitar from Hermanos Camps. Camps double top GL40
Liikanen Double Top - DT361 - Soundhole.
Liikanen Double Top

This guitar has a double top soundboard construction combined with Liikanen's famous LRS bracing system. For ease of play it has a slightly curved (radiused) fingerboard. For reasons of intonation it has a compensated nut as well as compensated saddle.

"...magnificent...the intonation is simply the best...the neck has such a positive feel..." Stephen Yates

Esteve Manuel Adalid 50th Anniversary - Rosette.
Esteve 50th Anniversary

A wonderful rich, full, mature high-Spanish tone from this previously owned guitar.

Back and sides in Madagascar rosewood and a double top cedar soundboard.

Esteve Artista Membrane Classical Guitar - Membrane.
Esteve Artista Membrane

The soundboard design of the Esteve Artista Mebrane guitar was developed jointly by Manuael Adalid of Spain and Dieter Hopf of Germany. It is "double-topped," but only in an oval section of the lower bout. The guitar has an unique tone

Hanika Lattice Natural.
Hanika Lattice

The Hanika Lattice has an ultrathin domed and lattice braced spruce soundboard.

From 2016 available in 3 versions : Natural, HE and 1A. All have the same soundboard but differ in finish - natural, high-gloss, French polish, and tone woods - Indian rosewood, Palo Escrito, Ziricote.

Milestones Alemagna.
Milestones Alemagna

A guitar modelled directly on the instruments of Matthias Dammann who pioneered the double top soundboard for the classical guitar in the late 1980s

The extremely light soundboard sandwiches a layer of Nomex in between very thin pieces of cedar and spruce. The whole is lattice braced for the stiffness which is essential in this design.

"About Us..."

Professional and Helpful Service

My name is Nicholas Mahoney. I have played the classical guitar as an enthusiastic amateur since 1967. If you want to know about any of the guitars we sell please phone and ask for me or use the Contact Us link to send me a message.

I personally -

  • Check and play every guitar when it arrives and ask our suppliers to sort out any problems I find
  • Spend time with everyone who comes to try guitars in our small studio
  • Check and play every guitar before it is handed over to a courier for delivery.

If you are unhappy in any way with anything you buy from us then please phone and ask for me. I will do my very best to sort things out.

Aparicio AA90F AA50 AA100 AA80 AA200E AA70.

Visitors to our shop said...

"Talking to another musician makes such a change" Jonathan, 1/6/2010

"You have so many more (cutaway electro classical) guitars to choose from than any of the major London stores I visited last month"
Wendy Partridge, February 2010

"...thank you for excellent service and for selling me a fantastic guitar. ... you were very welcoming and allowed me to try out the instruments without ever trying to sway me in order to make a sale."
Paul Trudgian, February 2010

Free Checkup!!

Bring your guitar in. We will check -

  • neck relief
  • neck alignment
  • tuners
  • frets
  • nut
  • saddle
  • action
  • strings
  • pickup/preamp (if fitted)

And answer any questions you have. Please phone (01363 881174) to agree a day and time.

   

Historical Guitars

Esteve Hauser Classical Guitar in Case.

Manual Adalid's "Hauser"

   

Phone : 01363 881174

Buy over the internet with complete confidence

See our no-quibble returns policy.

Classical Guitars PLUS is a part of a family-run company which has been doing business on the internet since the 1990s. If there is more you want to know or more you think we could do, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Our Customers Write

"Marks out of ten for customer service? Somewhere, I suppose around forty seven! Thanks and all the best" John McLorinan 24/7/2012

"Thank you very much for a perfect buying experience. I will certainly tell my guitar playing friends about you" Ian 25/2/2016

"Thank you for all your help in getting the right guitar - We'll definitely buy from you again" Nav, 4/2/2016

"Faultless service" John 4/2/2016

"Dealing with you has been a real pleasure from beginning to end. I keep being impressed by how responsive & helpful you are" Gwennael France, 21/2/2013.

"Many thanks for your real old fashioned excellent service! Best," Rupert Latimer, 19/12/2012

"Dear Nicholas ... I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a brilliant and efficient service, delivered with knowledge, kindness and a personal touch ... Kind regards, Mike Farrant", 10/7/2012

"I want to thank you for the wonderful service. Correspondence has always been very swift and pleasant, and in a good sense not at all "business-like". Also extra thanks for the special attention to us lefty players" Patrik Nummi 16/12/2011

"Hi Nicholas thanks for everything, one does not usually get such caring business relations" Best, Massimo 15/12/2011

"I found your service exemplary" ER 5/12/2012

"Your expertise and advice is invaluable in helping customers make the right purchase. Thank you!" Kyle Davies, 4/7/2011

"Your customer service is super" Roberto Cassani, 10/11/2010

"Thanks for your going the extra mile. I will certainly recommend you to all" Chris Hayter 19/10/2007

"Thanks for all your help" Ian Harding, Suffolk, 25/9/2006.

and lots more...

Delivery Charges and Orders Outside the Mainland UK

Delivery throughout the mainland UK on orders over £10 is free. If you are not in the mainland UK, please phone (+44 (0)1363 881174) or email for delivery charges to your location - please tell us what you want to buy as well as your full postal address. Alternatively just place your order using our secure checkout and we will email you with delivery costs - and we will not take payment until you reply confirming your order. Orders delivered outside Europe and to the Channel Islands are free of VAT.

27 August 2016