Purchased from: Ken Stevens/Millers, Cambridge
Features — 10
Bought in 2013 New, Probably produced in 2012 or early 2013.
- Hand built using traditional methods in Spain, very high quality for the price.
- 19 frets at sound-hole, 12 frets at the body, with 20 frets on E strings.
- Mahogany back, sides, and neck; Rosewood fingerboard; Cedar top with double bound edge on body.
- Transparent gloss Finish
- Traditional classical (nylon) guitar
- Bone nut and bridge
- Nickel plated traditional open tuners
- Intricate traditional patterning round the sound hole, and a traditional shaped head.
Sound — 9
As with all instruments, sound may vary between individual guitars. Mine has a lovely warm, rich, but also mellow sound to it, which allows strong contrasts when adjusting between dolce and ponticelo plucking. Nice strong reverberations and sustain, though not particularly loud. Tone is very much an individual choice with this guitar. It would definitely require a microphone, or an attentive audience, to be capable of performing live. A small amount of vibrato on a note gives a lovely rich sustain for long notes which seem to echo on even if you change note.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
As a proper luthier made and traditionally crafted guitars, the action is well setup from the start due to bridge and nut cutting, edges of the frets and fingerboard are well finished. The action is superb, and all parts are high quality - especially considering the price. There are (as yet) no finish problems caused by manufacturing defects. The front and back of the body are two piece with the join perfectly centered. The only down side is that one would have to take the guitar to a luthier to have the action adjusted, unlike on an electric, but this is to be expected for a traditional guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 9
As with all acoustic/classical guitars the body is prone to knocks and scrapes more easily than that of a solid body, but the woods used are strong and should last for a long time if given care - as should the rest of the hardware. The binding will also help to ensure the edge of the body takes less damage (though this is a pretty standard addition on acoustics).
Overall Impression — 10
Beautifully made, but inexpensive classical guitar with a very unique and more "expensive" tone compared to most mass-produced pieces. IT plays superbly and has a simple elegance to it given by small amounts of binding and pattern embedded in the wood and finish. It would be a great addition to any classical player's collection for travelling or performing without wanting to risk an expensive guitar. If it were to be lost/stolen i most certainly would buy another Perez even if not the same model.