Almansa A-457 Classical Guitar - Red Cedar/Indian Rosewood - Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
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Almansa A-457 Classical Guitar - Red Cedar/Indian Rosewood

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SKU: # 58380
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Your Price: $1,575.00 CDN



Concert 457
- Top: Solid German Spruce or Solid Red Cedar
- Back and Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Machine Heads: Luxury Gold Plated

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Closest StoreStratford, Ontario
I had the model 401 with cedar for some months and decided to continue learning classical guitar, and upgrade to a different model. The 401 gave so much sound and quality for the money I decided to stick with Almansa for those reasons, plus wanting the Spanish build. The Almansa 457 with cedar and solid Rosewood was my choice, all things considered as to my ability and value for the buck. I've been playing it now for over 4 months, and it continues to impress. The more I learn, the more she teaches me. Details - the cedar top is fantastic with very, very tight consistent grain across the whole top. Colour with touches of red. A quality piece of wood that is light and with a very fast response beyond my present capabilities. The sweetness of the cedar and fine textures across all the strings are evident when my teacher plays her. He gets lost in her sound, and does not want to stop. Sometimes the lesson is just listening. Nice medium solid rosewood back and sides with all wood purfling and a beautiful rosette. Unfortunately some quality issues in the finish along the purfling near the neck. Barely visible but the blem discount was enough to balance the small defect. That is the reason I dropped the quality to an 8. If the defect was not there, it would be a 10 considering the cost of this guitar. Nice headstock design with a lustrous finish. The bridge design has an undercut where the strings are tied so that the final knot is tucked under and will not gouge the wood over time. I must mention the neck. The model 401 I used initially was quite chunky by comparison. The 457 was a pleasant surprise with a sleek neck improving the playability a lot considering my shorter fingers. It made all the difference for me and allowing me to extend my reach considering the full width nut. The tuners are quality, smooth and very positive with fine adjustment. Also very handsome in design. I could go on, but the reality is this - a great value for the money - yes. But this guitar just gives so much. She is very light, but solid, and so responsive to the fine touch of an accomplished player. From a vigorous attack, to a light touch, she just gives back with a quality of sound that makes more expensive guitars blush in embarrassment. When I watch the faces of the player as they explore the playability and test her with difficult passages says more to me than these words I write. They always take a good long look at the guitar when done, including the label inside. I won't be needing any more guitar than this one is the typical response. Truly a wonderful guitar for the money.
Posted by anonymous on May 5, 2015
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