#1
Well I have a local music shop that is 2 blocks away from me. I check in there all the time. It's a small little place, but they get some decent stuff every once in awhile.

So i went there today to get strings, a tuner, and a capo. I was checking out there acoustics and I saw this Electric-Classical. I have only played a few classicals, some cheap yamaha and jasmine I think.

I asked the guy working if I could try it out and he got it down for me. I started playing and it felt so right. This felt way better than some $2000 Guilds, Gibsons, etc. I have played. The sound was very rich. It was surprisingly loud. The lower notes were deep and warm, while the higher were crisp, bright.. um "happy"?

So I thought this thing would be expensive as hell (even more since this shop is usually a bit overpriced), but this was only $180. $180? That couldn't be right. I had to double check, but it was.

Just before now I was looking up this brand. I found thier website and they only have one series of electric-classical. The Electro-Cutaway one. Here is a LINK . Scroll down just a bit.

So the two cheaper ones are red ceder while the two higher end ones are spruce or red ceder. I'm thinking it looked more like spruce, not sure though; I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to wood. Though the color looks a lot more like the picture of the AC-80E.

After that I tried finding prices. Musicians friend only has one Aria and it's like $2000 a great looking classical. I googled "aria AC-80E" and found THIS .

The cheapest electric one is $1,749 (the AC-25CE). Can I get this confirmed? If it is really worth that much I'm going to buy it tommarrow.


tl:dr;
[/B]Found a aria electric-classical guitar at a local shop for $180. Looked them up and found cheapest one about $1750. Need this confirmed or tell me what you know about aria electric-classicals.
#2
I'v never thought of Aria as a "premium brand". I associate them with entry level electrics <$500

A quick google shows me several I can buy for under £200 (~$300)
http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?pq=aria+guitars&hl=en&sugexp=gsis,i18n%3Dtrue&cp=17&gs_id=j&xhr=t&q=aria+acoustic+guitars&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1600&bih=732&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=103852020096162172&sa=X&ei=y4doToasD8Wo8APoyNn6Cw&sqi=2&ved=0CE0Q8wIwAw
http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?pq=aria+guitars&hl=en&sugexp=gsis,i18n%3Dtrue&cp=17&gs_id=j&xhr=t&q=aria+acoustic+guitars&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1600&bih=732&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=14268311480352175126&sa=X&ei=y4doToasD8Wo8APoyNn6Cw&sqi=2&ved=0CEoQ8wIwAg
http://www.htfr.com/p/390147/aria_fet_elite_electro_acoustic_guitar_brown_sunburst

As with all cheaper brands of guitar the main worry lies in the variability. You may find one that is nicer than a gibson, but the next 20 you try will all sound like farting camels. No matter how much you try to standardise every guitar is different, what you need to do is find the good ones (this applies to expensive guitars too, there is normally less variability though).

A good example is epiphone vs. gibson - they are the same company so cut their guitars from the same wood. At some point a guy goes along picking out the lengths of wood he thinks are better/worse quality and draws a line with a marker pen where he thinks the "good" wood ends and the "mediocre" wood starts. If you get the gibson/epiphone right next to this line the wood quality will be next to no different. If you get the wood at the other end of the tree, you will notice...
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#3
I don't really think an $1800 guitar is for sale for $180 do you? if you go here http://www.danabgoods.com/aria_pricing.htm you will see the one and only guitar priced for $180 is the AK-20, AK-20 1/2, or AK-20 3/4. That would be my bet although I would find it very unusual for a nylon stringed classical guitar being electric in any way.
#4
Quote by thatsampsonguy
I don't really think an $1800 guitar is for sale for $180 do you? if you go here http://www.danabgoods.com/aria_pricing.htm you will see the one and only guitar priced for $180 is the AK-20, AK-20 1/2, or AK-20 3/4. That would be my bet although I would find it very unusual for a nylon stringed classical guitar being electric in any way.


I found out what it is. If you look on the list. The AC-XXCE ones are like $1800 and up. I thought those were the only cutaway electric ones. Turns out there is a AK-30CE though. About $300.