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Guitar Shopping.....

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

La, la, la la, la.......

Happy happy joy joy!

I usually do not get this giddy, but...

I am approaching my 2nd anniversary of maintenance. How am I doing? A few pounds up, but still well within normal BMI and clothes fit fine. Working on losing the few pounds, but not hysterical about it.

So, for me this is big reward time! And I am shopping for a nylon crossover. All opinions about guitars in the blog are mine, no endorsements or money or guitars have changed hands!

Tech stuff: a nylon crossover is a nylon string guitar, It can have the same dimensions as a regular classic, or they can be different (narrower neck, longer fretboard). It does have a cutaway, onboard electronics, and pegs you can use to attach a strap. These guitars have been designed for steel players who want to experiment with nylon, but also suit nylon players who want the capacity of amplification (and the ability to stand up and play). For me, I am looking for a accompaniment guitar.

I have played 5 models, three Taylors and 2 Yamahas. Apologies to Chris (PUDDLECRAZY) but the Taylors do not cut it for me. Even the very expensive one I tried. The sound was wrong for me. Wise salesperson (about 18 years old with a mohawk haircut) said Taylor is best at steel string guitars.

Now, the Yamahas. The lest expensive was tantamount to a piece of you know what. But a model a few steps up, now..... it has the same dimensions as a regular classic, which means that wide 2 inch fretboard. but, you know, my left hand fingers have fretboard memory and are used to a fretboard that size. When I tried a guitar with a narrower neck, I missed the mark a lot. Just a bit difficult to do that 6th string 1st string stretch with my ring finger and pinky, but hey, after I am warmed up, I can do it--usually.

It has the cutaway, and the electronics, and the strap pegs. And, because it has standard classic depth (more tech stuff) it can produce that deep Yamaha bass. Its' trebles are also quite sweet!

And, for a relatively inexpensive guitar (less that $1,500) it is solid wood, no laminate.

Fit and finish were excellent, what you expect from Yamaha, and it had a very unusual sound hole inlay treatment, kind of modern art. And it comes with a case, so no extra expense there.

I have one more store to go to which will also have these brands. There is a third brand, but running my thumb across the open strings was enough for me to say no way!

Will probably hit the second store on Friday.


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    May I ask what model the Yamaha is? I like the wide fretboard on a regular classic... The guitar sounds beautiful! I keep thinking I am going to get another guitar. Perhaps that will be my goal weigh reward?
    1463 days ago
    Bigtime congrats to your 2 years maintaining! Couldn't think of a better gift to yourself! I've tried out some of these nylon crossovers also and find them a bit clunky and awkward to get used to. Being a Yamaha owner I'm not surprised to hear that you found the Yamaha to be the most promising... :-)

    1468 days ago
    LOL! No apologies needed! I actually bought my Taylor NS because of the issue you were talking about with the wide neck of a classical. My fingers just did not fit around. Now I play my Cordoba flamenco almost exclusively. With time and practice, my fingers were eventually able to reach stretches I did not think were possible, although some are still difficult. A friend of mine bought a very sweet Yamaha classical guitar last year and it is a joy to play.

    I am so excited that you are in the shopping stage of finally getting your new guitar. I can't wait to see it! I don't know how often I'll be on SP.... can you dash me a message when you get it?

    Yay for you!
    1476 days ago
    I love shopping for instruments! I'm so excited for you to get your guitar!
    1479 days ago
    emoticon on your maintenance anniversary!
    emoticon that you are healing so nicely!
    Have an emoticon time guitar shopping.

    I have two guitars. I'm not up on all the technicalities of the instruments but I enjoy mine. I have a Yamaha 6- string and an Alvarez 12 string. I just love my Alvarez. They quit making them years ago but I have never played a 12 string as easy to play as this one. It is great for accompanying kid's choirs and stuff. And for sing-alongs.
    1481 days ago
    I know very little about guitars but I do know about maintenance and a big woo hoo to you. emoticon

    1482 days ago
    so very cool! what a terrific gift to yourself. You so deserve it!
    Great job!
    1482 days ago
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    Way to go on a new you!!!
    I don't know anything about guitars though.
    1482 days ago
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