Advice on Buying
There is a abundance of information now available in literature and on the internet. Do not be intimidated or confused! The main considerations when you are buying an instrument can be very simply put as follows:
If you are able to pay more you should naturally expect a better instrument, but why? By appearance alone many instruments are very similar.
- The expertise of the maker and the degree to which the instruments are hand made are of major importance for the development of tonal and expressive qualities. This should also facilitate playing i.e. with a comfortably shaped neck, string height and greater attention to technical details.
- The woods used will usually be of superior quality in a more expensive instrument. They will often have less laminated materials and the acoustic characteristics and ageing of the woods should be better. Rosewood is generally considered to be the preferred material for the back and sides of classical instruments.
You should select a guitar with a TONE, PLAYABILITY, and APPEARANCE that suit.