#1
Hi,

I've played for around 15 years now - primarily electric - but have always thrown in some acoustic practice every now and then.

When I first learned, I started off with a typical nylon guitar, some 3/4 kids sized one. I then got a dreadnaught acoustic 9- 10 yrs ago, nothing amazing - £100 range.

However I haven't upgraded since.

With the acoustic side of things - I'm mostly interested in classical pieces - so I assume it would make most sense to invest in a Classical guitar for the tone.

I'm looking at spending around £200 - 300 but I'm unsure whether it's even worth the upgrade. With electric guitars, I know a £200 difference can be huge, but with many classical prices reaching up to £5000 on street retailer sites, I'm a little unsure whether to buy or not.

If so, are there any 'go-to' guitars which would easily be found online in this price range?
#2
You're talking about 500 bucks American, and you should be able to get a good, playable instrument that's a considerable upgrade for that much.

I just bought a used Takamine solid-top model that would normally retail for about 300 bucks; a nice little guitar.
Here's the Guitar Center page of nylon-string instruments in the 300-500 dollar range.... There are almost 100 of 'em.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Nylon-String---Classical-Guitar-Guitar.gc?extup=300-500&ipp=25
#3
Quote by Bikewer
You're talking about 500 bucks American, and you should be able to get a good, playable instrument that's a considerable upgrade for that much.

I just bought a used Takamine solid-top model that would normally retail for about 300 bucks; a nice little guitar.
Here's the Guitar Center page of nylon-string instruments in the 300-500 dollar range.... There are almost 100 of 'em.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Nylon-String---Classical-Guitar-Guitar.gc?extup=300-500&ipp=25


Thanks for the link, I'm looking at a few now and notice the majority of the Cut-Away ones are also electric.

Would you recommend getting a cut-away? I like the aesthetics of it but not fussed about the electric side of things. Would a cut-away have a worse tone than a regular classical?
#4
Quote by Nemm
. . . . . Would a cut-away have a worse tone than a regular classical?


No difference - at least none that I can detect.
#5
The effect, if any, is generally regarded as minimal. Cutaway or no depends entirely on the degree to which you play the upper frets.
I've had a couple and found that for the type of playing I do I rarely had any reason to take advantage of the extra reach.
#6
Quote by Bikewer
The effect, if any, is generally regarded as minimal. Cutaway or no depends entirely on the degree to which you play the upper frets.
I've had a couple and found that for the type of playing I do I rarely had any reason to take advantage of the extra reach.


Thanks for all the help, at the moment I'm looking at a Ortega RCE158SN but will do some more looking around before buying.
#8
I think the best choiceis a classical guitar. I am from Spain but now I am living in Finland and when I was 4 years old my father bought my first classical guitar.
I have 6 classical spanish guitar and only 1 acoustic guitar, I prefer the classical sound (maybe cause I am from sevilla).
Anyway you can ask in:

www.flamencoguitarstore.com

They speak english and they are the cheaper shop guitar online in europe.