Price paid: $ 700
Purchased from: Local Guitar Studio
Sound — 9
The standout feature of the La Patrie Presentation is the sound. This guitar sounds absolutely amazing. Rich, deep tones from the bass and clear, sparkling highs from the treble - the solid tonewoods have an incredible, natural sound. Sounds excellent whether you are playing fast or slow, loud or soft!
Overall Impression — 9
The La Patrie Presentation is an excellent classical guitar at an amazing value. This guitar is worth purchasing at $700 just for the beautiful solid tonewoods, not to mention it is made in Canada (not China or Taiwan, etc.). I highly recommend this guitar!
Reliability & Durability — 7
Recently, I noticed two shallow cracks in the solid rosewood back, near the bracing on both sides of the guitar's waste. This is probably due to the solid changing as a result of humidity and temperature (I am sorry to say I have not bothered to keep the guitar climate-controlled). Both cracks seem to not affect the structural integrity or the sound of the guitar, so hopefully they can be easily fixed! In addition, my wild rasgueados and strumming have created a few small scratches on the guitar's top. Although I am totally responsible for this, I would have appreciated a more durable finish or even a pickguard (Yes, on a classical!) Overall, the guitar has held up fine and I expect to have it for many years to come.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Everything was set up appropriately when I purchased the guitar (it was a floor model at a small local business), and there were no obvious flaws on the guitar except for a few tiny scuffs on the pearl-colored trim. Have dealt with occasional buzzing when playing open strings, but that is probably due to the solid woods changing in response to humidity and temperature. Buzzing has never lasted more than a few days!
Features — 9
Purchased in fall of 2011, old model. Specs: - 19 frets on a genuine Rosewood fretboard with mahogany neck - Solid Spruce top and solid Indian Rosewood sides and back - Semi-gloss lacquer finish - Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle - Manufactured in Canada The La Patrie Presentation includes all the features necessary for the classical guitarist, with all-solid tonewoods and a wide neck perfect for classical pieces. And all this for $700! The only thing missing from this guitar is a pickup. The guitar is absolutely beautiful - so much so I take it out of its case every day just to look at the gorgeous natural grain of the Indian Rosewood. The overall design of the guitar (especially the rosette) is very simple, allowing the beauty of the natural woods to Shine through.