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Classical Guitars - How to Purchase

Learn what to look for in the purchase of these guitars. We examine Takamine Guitars, Ibanez Guitars, Yamaha Guitars, Rodriguez Guitars and Ramirez Guitars

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Classical Guitars - The Buyers Guide

Purchasing a Classical Guitar can be a challenging task, especially if you don't play all that well.

If you are looking for an inexpensive starter classical guitar, your quest may be somewhat easier as it narrows down the field and your options quite a bit.

Quality of Wood is Most Important

When you buy a classical guitar, more than any other type of guitar, the quality of the wood and construction plays a more important role in the volume and sweetness of the tone. 

Don't get me wrong, these are VERY important aspects of a good acoustical guitar too, but when we are dealing with less string tension, sound and volume are harder to achieve in a classical guitar with the grain patterns and the construction techniques determine how well the guitar will perform.

Classical Guitar Indian Rosewood Back & Sides - Classical Guitar Plywood Back & Sides Dampen Sound

Buy a Classical Guitar Tip - The very least expensive guitars will be constructed of plywood. As you progress up the price range you will find solid wood tops, sides and backs. Plywood will give you a durable guitar, but the sound is sacrificed as all the glue in plywood dampens the sound and the grain of the wood plays no importance in tone production.

This also means the type of wood veneer used in the plywood construction does not play much of a role in sound and has a more cosmetic role.

Japanese Guitars

Many of the japanese classical guitars have gotten quite a bit better over the past few decades and might be something for you to consider when you buy a classical guitar. Among them are Takamine Classical Guitars, Alvarez Guitar, Rodriguez Guitars, Ibanez Guitar and Yamaha Guitars. Notice that some of the Japanese makers even utilize Spanish names for their guitars to lead you into thinking they are from a Spanish maker.

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When you are in the market to buy a classical guitar check the sticker that is adhered to the back of the guitar. This is most often located directly beneath the soundhole of the and INSIDE the guitar.

It will give you valuable information on the maker, model and year of production

Classical Guitar Check the Sticker Inside the Guitar Classical Guitars Have Smaller Bodies

Classical guitars typically have smaller bodies that their steel-string cousins. This size difference is really noticeable when you but your arms around one. Although the scale can be comparable to flattop guitar the neck is shorted due to the fact he neck joints the body at the 12th fret rather than the 14th.

The Necks Are Larger as Well

Also the neck is wider and usually thicker as it lacks the steel neck rod that a steel-string guitars usually possess. Strings are always nylon and most often silver wound nylon for the D, A & E. This makes the strings feel looser and makes them easier to press the string to the frets.

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Buy a Classical Guitar Tip - How can you tell a high quality classical guitar? Mostly by the sound and intonation of the instrument. Most quality classical guitars will have a very good voice and project very well.

You should be able to get very sweet low volume tones and the guitar should really "talk" when picked with force. Less expensive classical guitars give you the impression that the sound is trapped in the guitar and can't escape.

Classical Guitars Need to be "Played In"

Buy a Classical Guitar Tip - One very noticeable caveat with classical guitars is that they need to be "played in" more than any other type of guitar. A very new guitar may not sound all the well because the glues and finish are still drying and the wood needs to age.

Also you should avoid taking all the strings off at one time when changing the strings. Take them off one at a time to keep tension applied to the top.

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Classical Guitar Jose Ramirez - Always a Good Choice

Buy a Classical Guitar Tip - Another thing you will notice with a fine guitar, the more you play it, the better it will sound. The molecules in the tonewood align themselves and allow for the tone to project better. 

Once you stop playing the guitar for a while or loosen the strings, you will find that the guitar will have to be broken in for a short period of time again to regain its original tone and volume.

Ultimate Guitar OnLine's Classical Guitar Picks:

These are our favorite guitars and one's that we would recommend to anyone, whether a beginner or seasoned pro. Our recommendations are based on quality, price and sound.

We have also completed Classical Guitar Reviews on many of these guitars. We have provided links to those articles for your convenience. Also we have linked each guitar selection to a retailer that has the best price for each product.

Classical Guitars vary widely in price based on the type of manufacture and wood types. We have divided our selections into basically 3 divisions:

    Beginner Class Guitars Price up to $600.00:
    Intermediate Class Guitars $600.00 to $1,500.00:
    Advanced Class Guitars $1,500.00 and up...
Here Are The Beginner Class of Guitars That UGOL Recommends:

Takamine G Series G128S Cl. GuitarTakamine G Series G128S Cl. Guitar $299.00 USD

Made to strict Takamine specifications, the classical G128S guitar features traditional Spanish design and materials with a solid spruce top and rosewood back & sides.

It is adorned with a classical style soundboard rosette and gold and pearl tuners. The Takamine G128S offers impressive performance in a guitar at a very affordable price.


Rodriguez C1 Cedar Top Cl. GuitarRodriguez C1 Cedar Top Cl. Guitar $349.99 USD

Top: Solid Canadian Cedar. Back & Sides: Laminated Indian Rosewood. Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood.

Bridge: Indian Rosewood. Neck: Sapele. Tuner: Nickel Plated. Headstock: Indian Rosewood. Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite. Body Binding: Two, Mahogany.


Manuel Rodriguez C Cedar Top Cl. Guitar Standard GuitarManuel Rodriguez C Cedar Top Cl. Guitar Standard Guitar $599.99 USD

Top: Solid Canadian Cedar. Back & Sides: Laminated Indian Rosewood. Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood.

Bridge: Indian Rosewood. Neck: Sapele. Tuner: Nickel Plated. Headstock: Indian Rosewood. Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite. Body Binding: Two, Mahogany.


Manuel Rodriguez C3 Cedar Top Cl. Guitar Standard Manuel Rodriguez C3 Cedar Top Cl. Guitar Standard $499.99 USD

Top: Solid Canadian Cedar. Back & Sides: Laminated Indian Rosewood. Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood. Bridge: Sapele. Neck: Sapele. Tuner: Nickel Plated (Standard). Headstock: Indian Rosewood. Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite. Body Binding: One, Rosewood.


Here Are The Intermediate Class of Guitars That UGOL Recommends:

Takamine-EC132SC Cl. GuitarTakamine-EC132SC Cl. Guitar $1,649.00 USD

Solid Cedar top acoustic/electric cutaway classical guitar, Rosewood back and sides, CT-4B2 electronics, Gold tuning machines. Includes free Takamine hardshell case, a $160 value!.

Alvarez Yairi CY118 Cl.l GuitarAlvarez Yairi CY118 Cl.l Guitar $1,199.00 USD

With the warm bass of Indian rosewood and balanced tone from the traditional fan bracing and solid cedar top, the Yairi CY118 is sure to enchant. Ebony Fingerboard, wood mosaic soundhole rosette and rosewood bridge...includes hard case.

Alvarez Yairi CY140 Cl. GuitarAlvarez Yairi CY140 Cl. Guitar $1,199.99 USD

World-class luthiery makes the Yairi CY118 virtually dance in your hands as the solid cedar top rings out with the authority of a grand piano.

A perfect choice for the aspiring professional, it features rosewood back and sides, a mahogany neck with flawless ebony fretboard, rosewood headstock overlay set off by gold tuners with pearloid buttons, gorgeous multiple wood binding, and an intricately crafted wood mosaic rosette.

Jose-Ramirez S1 Cl. GuitarJose-Ramirez S1 Cl. Guitar $1,469.99 USD

The most affordable guitar in the Ramirez Estudio line, this exotic beauty boasts a solid German spruce top and a stunning African hardwood called mangoy for the back and sides Complementing the unique wood is an elegant and colorful new rosette.


Rodriguez FF Cl. GuitarRodriguez FF Cl. Guitar $999.99 USD

Top: Solid German Spruce. Back & Sides: Solid Cypress. Fingerboard: ebony. Bridge: Indian Rosewood. Neck: Honduras Cedar with Ebony reinforcement. Tuner: Gold Plated. Headstock: Indian Rosewood. Nut & Saddle: Bone. Body Binding: Two, Indian Rosewood.


Rodriguez FC Cl. GuitarRodriguez FC Cl. Guitar $1,499.99 USD

Top: Solid Canadian Cedar. Back & Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood. Fingerboard: Ebony. Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood. Neck: Honduran Cedar with Ebony. Tuner: Handmade Gold-plated. Headstock: Brazilian Rosewood. Nut & Saddle: Bone. Body Binding: Two, Indian Rosewood.


Yamaha CG151CRodriguez E Spruce Top Cl. Guitar $1,199.99 USD

Top: Solid Spruce. Back & Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood. Fingerboard: Ebony. Bridge: Indian Rosewood. Neck: Honduras Cedar. Tuner: Gold Plated. Headstock: Indian Rosewood. Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite. Body Binding: Two, Indian Rosewood.


Manuel Rodriguez E Exotic Madagascar Cl. GuitarManuel Rodriguez E Exotic Madagascar Cl. Guitar $999.99 USD

Top: Solid Spruce. Back & Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood. Fingerboard: Ebony. Bridge: Indian Rosewood. Neck: Honduras Cedar. Tuner: Gold Plated. Headstock: Indian Rosewood. Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite. Body Binding: Two, Indian Rosewood.


Here Are The Advanced Class of Guitars That UGOL Recommends:

Manuel Rodriguez Manuel Rodriguez Jr. Cedar Cl. Guitar StandardManuel Rodriguez Manuel Rodriguez Jr. Cedar Cl. Guitar Standard $4,999.00 USD

Top: Solid Canadian Cedar. Back & Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood. Fingerboard: Ebony. Bridge: Brazilian Cedar. Neck: Honduran Cedar with Ebony. Tuner: Gold and Black Plated. Headstock: Ebony Double Side. Nut & Saddle: Bone. Body Binding: Two, Brazilian Rosewood. Includes hardshell case with thermometer and humificator.


Jose Ramirez R2 Cl. Guitar StandardJose Ramirez R2 Cl. Guitar Standard $1,719.99 USD

This handmade Spanish guitar features a Canadian red cedar top on a laminated rosewood back and sides. The neck is made of Spanish cedar with an ebony fingerboard.


Jose Ramirez 125 Años Cl. Guitar with HumicaseJose Ramirez 125 Años Cl. Guitar with Humicase $2,419.99 USD

Limited edition. Solid Western red cedar top. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Solid cedar neck with Spanish heel. Ebony fretboard. Indian rosewood bridge. Fan bracing. Glossy lacquer finish.

Gold-plated tuners with ivoryoid buttons. Rose inlay in the rosette and on top of the bridge. Strong bass response. Comes with a black fiberglass Humicase Metro.


Manuel Contreras II C-7 Cl. Guitar Cedar GuitarManuel Contreras II C-7 Cl. Guitar Cedar Guitar $1,626.03 USD

You get the benefits of Contreras experience in building premium-quality concert instruments. This is a guitar of impeccable construction. It boast a light, responsive action and a clarity and evenness of tone that is rare among guitars.


Check out Best Guitar Buying Tips

See our article on Best Guitar Buying Tips and How to Buy a Classical Guitar for a lot of addition information - and - some suggestions for guitars. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced guitars are covered.

Set them off in the right direction and watch them enjoy this musical experience for the rest of their life!

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