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Which instrument should a Classical Guitar Student Chose?

I was asked by a man who had become a classical guitar student as an adult what his choice of guitar should be.

Obviously it is difficult to generalise - people have different musical experience and talents as well as greatly differing budgets. As I did not know him well, I wanted to provide an answer that would suit a range of different possible circumstances.

"The fact is it is best to play an instrument that is a bit too good for you rather than one that is "just right". The better instrument stretches you, rewards you, and inspires you. But even if you have an unlimited budget, I still wouldn't suggest buying a £2500 concert instrument in your first 3 years.

"I am not absolutely clear from your email how many years you have been playing so I will make a number of suggestions depending on the number of years and your budget -

  Years playing
Budget up to
Up to 1 Up to 2 Up to 3 3 or more
Alhambra 2C Alhambra 2C There is now a very wide choice of instruments available at a very wide range of prices
Liikanen Kantare LO300CW

Alhambra 4P

Liikanen Kantare LO300CW

Alhambra 4P

Alhambra 4P
Liikanen Kantare L 300C

Liikanen Kantare LM 300C

Liikanen Kantare L 300C

Liikanen Kantare LM 300C

Alhambra 5P

Alhambra 5P




Liikanen Kantare K400C

Alhambra 6P

Prudencio Saez Model G-9

Liikanen Kantare K400C

Alhambra 6P

Prudencio Saez Model G-9

Liikanen Kantare I500C

Prudencio Saez Model 28 Rosewood

Liikanen Kantare I500C

Prudencio Saez Model 28 Rosewood

Alhambra 7P Alhambra 7P
Alhambra 9P

"The better you play, the greater your choice of instruments. A good player with 3 or more years experience but with a limited budget will get great pleasure from a Liikanen I500C for example. However if their budget will stretch there are advanced/intermediate student instruments that would suit going on up through the £1000 mark. And, the fact is, many adult students like to treat themselves to a really good quality semi-performance instrument and pay much more than this. However much money you have I still don't think that you will really get the most out of the more expensive instruments until you have had at least 3 years playing under your belt."

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8 July 2020