C530 review by Stagg

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.5 (12 votes)
Stagg: C530
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Price paid: $ 36.6

Purchased from: Friend

Sound — 8
I want an acoustic guitar for playing blues, flamenco, and classical playing, of which this guitar suits well. It produces a clear bright tone, which is at the same time soft enough to be perfect to play my styles. If you make a mistake, it is very clear and obvious, which in my opinion is good as it allows you to see where you are going wrong, making learning easier. I don't have any criticisms of the sound, it plays all styles well, but I find it better for playing melody's rather than chords..

Overall Impression — 9
Overall, I am in love with this guitar. It is a good match for my styles, it plays well, it's stood the test of time, and is a very good guitar for a very cheap price. I would definitely buy another C530 if mine was to be lost or stolen. Overall, a fabulous guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 7
This guitar has been around for a while, and is still in great condition apart from some small dents, so I would be happy to play live with it as long as I was sat down, It has no strap buttons. Overall though, it is very durable, will stand up to live playing. It's just a shame about it having no strap buttons.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar has a very low action and very low string tension, making it very easy to play and is well suited to me, but may not be very good if you prefer higher actions and string tensions. The guitar is hand-crafted, and very well set up. It stays in tune very well, I hardly ever have to tune it. Other than being a little bashed up through use, I can't find any flaws.

Features — 9
I bought this 3/4 scale guitar from my friend for 20 ($39.28), but it normally retails on internet guitar shops for 35 ($68.73). It has 18 frets, of which 12 are easily accesible. There is no cutaway, as is common in classical guitars. It has a nato body, nickel machineheads, a solid maple bridge, and a glossy orange yellow finish. It has a very narrow neck compared to full size classical guitars. Overall, it's a very good guitar for beginners.

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