If I want a good sounding Classical guitar how much will I need to pay?

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  1. UniverseOfTheMind8

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    I'm planning on getting my first classical guitar here soon (i've been playing electric guitar awhile), but I don't know how much I should be spending on one and what brand/model I should buy if I want a decent sound. I have enough for one up to $1,000.
     
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    When I bought my classical, I went to GC to play as many as I could (I recommend you do the same). Its definitely a different animal but I like it. I went a Cordoba. I like that It's an American company and the necks feel great. They have lots of different models to choose from and even the $200 one sounded and played pretty good. I took a guitar class in college and my professor would swear by Yamaha's classical guitars. He always advised getting something less expensive first.
     
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    Yamaha makes the best/most consistent sub-$500 solid top classical guitars by a good margin. Alhambra is a good brand too and offer more at the $1000 price point.
     
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    There are a lot of classical luthiers in Oregon. I bet you could find a luthier built instrument that will blow away anything from a factory used for not too much more than your budget is if you look around hard enough. I see them in the 1200-1500 range at times on the auction sites and classical guitar sites. I think it depends on how serious you are. My opinion is a bad or mediocre guitar can hinder the drive to want to play. In the nylon string world there's just a world of difference between guitars and makers, it's part of the joy of it.
     
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    Agreed.

    If you are ever in Portland, it would be worth a visit to Trade Up Music, either of their two locations.

    Every now & then, there really are some hidden jewels that find their way into the store.
     
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    I love my Alhambra
     
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    I got an Alhambra 5P for about £400 a few years ago, sounds great to my ears and plays well.
     
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    I've got a Cordoba GK Studio Negra that's pretty nice for 700$. Comes with fishman electronics if you ever want to amplify your guitar as well. I'd definitely recommend playing a bunch of classicals to see what tickles your fancy though.
     
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    Buy used. Lots of classical players upgrade their instruments as they progress and you can get some 3k guitars for 1k used.
     

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