Classical guitar is the perfect instrument for children to learn
==== ====Juan Orozco classical guitar for sale by original owner, concert guitarist. Beautiful sound, made ofBrazilian rosewood. Excellent condition. Great price. Find out more at:http://fairfield.ebayclassifieds.com/v/16166757==== ====For one reason or another, you have your heart set on getting a new classical guitar.Whether youve been playing for two days or two decades, the same question applies - what is thebest instrument you can get for your budget? The good news is that you do not have to pay anarm and a leg for a decent instrument.There are many brands available out there and many are low cost, but expect to spend at least$150 on a decent, playable instrument. On a side note, my very first classical guitar was a Suzukiconcert guitar that my parents paid $100 for in 1978. Given that quality wood is getting morescarce and expensive with each passing year, my guitar is worth 4 to 5 times as much today!Some famous companies such as Yamaha, Ibanez, Washburn and Fender make classical guitarsin a wide range of prices including some beginner to mid-level models in the $150 to $350 range.At the upper-end of the spectrum, top-notch brands such as Ramirez, Kohno, Bernabe can be hadfor prices approaching 5 figures!And no, that $20 guitar you bought on that trip to Mexico will not serve as a good instrument tolearn on. It is a roughly made decorative piece that cannot play in tune and belongs on the wallnext to that sombrero!At this point you might be wondering if choosing a good classical guitar is simply a matter of price.Rest assured, it is not. While price gives us a general indicator of the quality of an instrument, youcan also find some real gems at stores that sell used instruments or even at your friendlyneighbourhood pawnshop!Lets now look at some things to look out for when choosing a good classical guitar.A classical guitar is, by definition, a nylon-string instrument. The top three treble strings are madeout of pure nylon, not unlike fishing-line, while the bottom three strings are nylon wrapped by anickel outer core. This is the main difference between a classical guitar and a steel-string acousticguitar. And one should never, under any circumstances, attempt to put steel-strings on a classicalguitar as this will result in severe damage to the instrument!The first thing I would look at when buying a classical guitar is the type of wood used. Good qualityinstruments always have a top made of solid wood, usually spruce or cedar. The back and sides ofthe guitar can be made of rosewood, mahogany or nyatoh. Depending on the quality of theinstrument, the top, back and sides may be constructed out of solid-woods or wood-ply. Wood-plyis commonly found on beginner-level instruments as it is cheaper.
The top is the sounding-board of the instrument, and is the main resonating surface where thestrings attach to the bridge. A solid-top guitar will always have a richer, more well-defined tonethan one with a laminate or wood-ply top. It is also not uncommon to find guitars with solid-topsbut with wood-ply backs and sides.A guitar salesperson will always try emphasize that the guitar they are selling has a solid-top -sometimes even when it is not. Buyer beware! A good way to check is look closely at the grainpattern of the top on the outside of the guitar and compare that with the grain pattern on the inside,looking through the guitars soundhole. This takes a keen eye, but if the little striations in the grainpattern of the wood match up on the outside and on the inside, you can be sure you have a solid-top instrument in your hands. Then again, I have played some plywood-top instruments that soundfine and are perfect beginner guitars.A good sounding classical guitar wouldnt amount to much if the guitars neck wasnt in goodshape. Play the guitar on every fret, from low to high on each string, and listen for unusual buzzesor notes that cannot be played cleanly. This could be due to frets that are of uneven height, ormore seriously, a sign that there is some warpage in the neck or fingerboard. If youre new toguitar-playing, ask the store salesperson to play the instrument for you at various points on thefingerboard, and listen closely. This will also give you the chance to check out the tone of each ofthe different classical guitars in the store, but from a listeners perspective, which will help you inyour decision on which one to buy.A good classical guitar will usually have a neck made of mahogany, but nyatoh is also becomingpopular because it is as sturdy as, but cheaper than mahogany.Higher-end classical guitars will always come with ebony fingerboards. Rosewood, usually dyedblack to look like ebony is the more common fingerboard wood of choice for lower-endinstruments. You can usually tell a real ebony fingerboard from its very fine wood grain - it is jet-black, sometimes with streaks of light-brown, and is almost mirror-smooth. Rosewood, on theother hand, is reddish-brown and has a coarser grain texture.Inspect the guitar closely for cracks or splits in the wood, especially at the glue joints. Higher-endguitars with nitrocellulose finishes will sometimes exhibit light finish cracks at seam points on thebody or where the guitar neck joins the body. This is due to the guitar being subjected to suddendrastic changes in temperature or humidity. These shouldnt be mistaken for physical cracks.Nitrocellulose is a hard, crystalline finish and is very unforgiving in this regard.Regardless of finish-type, all guitars will benefit from an occasional wipe down with a clean polishcloth and a good quality guitar polish. My favorite guitar polish is manufactured by Maguires - itpolishes to a high sheen and even keeps fingerprints away!Check also that the bridge is well-seated on the guitars top. There should be no gaps between thebridge and the guitars top and there should definitely be no signs of the bridge lifting or pullingaway from the body. Here, it is also a good idea to check if there is any swelling on the lower boutof the guitars body, after the bridge - a sure sign that the instrument has absorbed too muchmoisture due to high humidity. This is easily remedied by placing the guitar in a low humidityenvironment, such as in an enclosed room with a dehumidifier.
As far as choosing string for your classical guitar, Ive always been partial to high-tension nylonstrings. These give the guitar a crisp, well-defined tone with the added bonus of an increase inoverall volume and projection.Lastly, always keep your guitar in its case when youre not playing it and never leave it in a high-temperature environment such as the boot of your car on a hot afternoon. With some basic care,your new classical guitar should give you many decades of playing enjoyment!Clinton Carnegie is a jazz-rock guitarist, music educator and recording artist. He has two fusionguitar instrumental albums to his name, Say What You Mean and Santiago. His music blog can befound at http://www.theguitarcolumn.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Clinton_Carnegie==== ====Juan Orozco classical guitar for sale by original owner, concert guitarist. Beautiful sound, made ofBrazilian rosewood. Excellent condition. Great price. Find out more at:http://fairfield.ebayclassifieds.com/v/16166757==== ====