Which Classical Guitar Is Best For A Beginner?

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Which Classical Guitar Is Best For A Beginner?

Post by daza152 » April 9th, 2010, 6:41 pm

Hi can you help me decide please this is for my 10 year old daughter, I would like to choose between these 3 guitars as they are on auction and closing on monday......

1) Yamaha G-50-A It is in very good condition and 38 years old. $50NZ

2) Dean Espana It also in very good condition, and quality made. $51NZ

3) Yamaha C-40 Very good condition, Price at $81NZ

Can you help? would any inparticular be good or bad? Thanks.

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Post by Alan Green » April 9th, 2010, 10:17 pm

I've always found that you cannot go wrong with Yamaha.


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Re: Which Classical Guitar Is Best For A Beginner?

Post by Gchord » April 10th, 2010, 6:35 am

If you can find a Yamaha classical in a 3/4 size,it will be perfect.

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Post by Ricochet » April 10th, 2010, 7:06 am

Really, some of those cheap 3/4 size classicals sound pretty good!

We used to have a pedantic classical guitarist on my other favorite board who often reminded us that the instrument is a classic guitar. You can play classical guitar music on it.
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Post by size9 » April 10th, 2010, 9:03 am

I agree. I'd go with the Yamaha. I've played them and I'm thinking of trading in my Guild for one.
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Post by gnease » April 10th, 2010, 11:16 am

+1 on Yammy for a student guitar.
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Post by boynamedsuse » April 10th, 2010, 11:19 am

Please seriously consider playing all four. With a classical guitar, tone makes a bigger difference and is easier to hear than with an electric. (You can't make up for shortcomings using an amp and pedals.) I started with a "cheapie" and then when I got old enough to save money for a good guitar, I went into a store and asked for recommendations. They let me try a dozen guitars, but one was in the same price range as the others even though it was used and had a tone that was noticeably better. As it turns out, it was easier to play as well. I took it.

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Re: Which Classical Guitar Is Best For A Beginner?

Post by daza152 » April 10th, 2010, 11:58 am

Thanks for the advice guys, I was pretty keen on the first yamaha I listed, being 38 years old is that a good thing or a bad thing? looks beautiful, just missing a coiuple of strings, but I'd put all new strings on anyway, no signs of wear and tear anywhere. What do you think about that?

Thanks daza.

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Post by abcxyz » April 10th, 2010, 1:06 pm

I have been playing my Yamaha C-70 classical guitar (See it in my videos) and it plays like a dream.

I play just about everything on it.

I think C-40 is same as C-70. You can't go wrong with Yamaha. Just make sure that the action is not very high or you might have to lower it yourself.

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Post by Scrybe » April 11th, 2010, 10:50 am

another yamaha vote here, but play them if you can and let your ears decide.
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Post by Alan Green » April 11th, 2010, 1:06 pm

daza152 wrote:Thanks for the advice guys, I was pretty keen on the first yamaha I listed, being 38 years old is that a good thing or a bad thing? looks beautiful, just missing a coiuple of strings, but I'd put all new strings on anyway, no signs of wear and tear anywhere. What do you think about that?

Thanks daza.
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