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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
£200
Alhambra 2C Alhambra 2C There is now a very wide choice of instruments available at a very wide range of prices
£300
Liikanen Kantare LO300CW

Alhambra 4P

Liikanen Kantare LO300CW

Alhambra 4P

Alhambra 4P
£400
Liikanen Kantare L 300C

Liikanen Kantare LM 300C

Liikanen Kantare L 300C

Liikanen Kantare LM 300C

Alhambra 5P

Alhambra 5P

 

£500

 

Liikanen Kantare K400C

Alhambra 6P

Prudencio Saez Model G-9

Liikanen Kantare K400C

Alhambra 6P

Prudencio Saez Model G-9

£600
Liikanen Kantare I500C

Prudencio Saez Model 28 Rosewood

Liikanen Kantare I500C

Prudencio Saez Model 28 Rosewood

£700
Alhambra 7P Alhambra 7P
£900
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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15 December 2018