#1
Hi all, I'm learning classical guitar soon, and I'm down to a few choices for my first guitar. But first, I really want to get one that's semi decent, which won't need replacing if I keep playing for a few years.

I live in NZ, so my choices are very limited. There are only two guitars in my local store which are in my price range ($400-$500NZ, $230-$290US). These are the Cort CEC5, and the Takamine D36SN.

http://www.cort.co.kr/english/products/acoustics/view.asp?product_id=51#
http://www.takamineguitars.jp/guitars/model.php?series_id=2&model_id=43

The Cort seems like a better deal. But the brand seems well less known, so I'm not sure. Also, I think the Cort looks far more pretty, that body shape is cool. So can anyone point me one way or another? Thanks for any help!
#3
Between those two I'd likely go for the Cort, but as ibanezshred said play them both extensively to make sure you're getting one you prefer. They've both got a solid top so they'll both be fine, it's really just up to personal preference on tone/playability/ergonomics/looks. Also, the Cort's got electronics, which is a nice touch.