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Stagg Classic Linden Guitar - Natural Basswood
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2010
Arriving in rural Brittany for my precious one week's summer holiday, I let out my usual sigh of regret that we didn't have space in the MPV for a guitar - usual because, no matter how much space we do have, in my wife's firm opinion it is never enough for a guitar.

This time, I had an idea: I went A.W.O.L. one morning, found the local music shop and persuaded them, for a small fee, to let me borrow the cheapest guitar they had in the shop for a week. The lady looked a little bamboozled at my pig French, but eventually handed over a smart looking crimson classical guitar, which subsequent inspection revealed to be a Stagg C542.

And as I marched triumphantly back into our camp didn't I look like the grandest tiger in the jungle. The guitar retailed for next to nothing, and so I really wasn't expecting much, but the Stagg did a bunch of things that the buyer of a $50 guitar really has no right to expect:

*you can get it in tune and it stays in tune, right up to the twelfth fret. This sounds odd, but it is a technical business getting a guitar correctly intoned: the frets have to all be in exactly the right place, both in relation to each other and in relation to the bridge. Generations of young learners have had to battle with guitars that a permanently out of tune: they might sound okay for root five chords, but out of whack for root six chords, or might go progressively out of whack the further up the fretboard you go. The Stagg I played was absolutely spot on.

* It has a low, clean, playable action: again, cheap guitars routinely (used to) have warped necks, bowed soundboards and strings which sat half an inch above the fingerboard and still buzzed like crazy when you tried to fret them. The Stagg's fretboard is dead straight, low, fast and clean as a whistle.

* It sounds nice. Sure, it ain't AAA grade solid cedar (the spec says basswood, and I suspect it's ply) but if you're a beginner you simply won't be able to tell the difference. The treble strings ring crisply, the bass strings have a pleasing baritone bark to them, and chords are nicely balanced with plenty of sustain.

If you are starting out on the classical guitar (or, really, any other guitar) you simply cannot go wrong with the C542. Even if you leave it in the drive and back the car over it, it's only $50 for a new one, and in terms of playing dynamics it'll be a long while before you outgrow its capabilities. I've been playing enthusiastically for 24 years - admittedly not much on nylon string - but this little fellow absolutely hit the spot for a week of unwinding in the french countryside.

Thoroughly recommended.

Olly Buxton
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2010
I am beginner and this was well worth for money. Fantastic sound and good quality. You might want to buy a case as this does not come with a case. Dispatched quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2013
A very nice guitar, good sound, strong bass with nice sustain, although it lack sustain on treble. The intonation is great and it has a nice action. The strings are quite cheap though (the A string came broken), so consider a new set of strings. Perfect for beginners (trust me, do not buy a bad guitar when you're leaning to play!), and a nice all-around guitar for experienced guitarists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2010
Very good delivery - very good guitar - very good price (under £50) - buy a plectrum, tuner and cappo too!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2012
I paid £28 for this guitar second hand. I had never played the guitar before and so this was just another facet of my mid life crisis.
For the money I can't really fault it but not being a rock legend I couldn't really tell you of it's a good guitar or not. I'm not really helping am I? I'd read someone else's review if I were you. Ask me something about drinking, I am better at that subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2013
Bought for my 8year old daughter just started lessons full size guitar if she keeps lessons up won't have to upgrade very impressed with quality for fifty pounds teacher was impressed with guitar looks a lot more expensive sounds nice and keeps tune for a bit longer than other cheap guitars would recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2013
On the guitar arriving we were initially dissapointed in that two guitar strings were broken, however, on informing amazon we were offered a credit against the price. Amazon were quick to resolve the matter to our satisfaction. The guitar has a lovely sound and we are really happy with it.

Although it would have been good it we had a soft case with it.
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on 9 September 2014
I've had one of these guitars for 8 years now and even though I bought a better classical guitar since then, I simply couldn't part with the Stagg because, although it weighs half a ton, has a sticky, shiny neck and a ghastly painted fretboard, it just sounds great. Power chords bark out of this thing like some heavy metal machine and fingerpicking is a doddle with a board as wide as a freeway - even though the intonation does go a bit awry further up the scale. The old Stagg has been through three years of college, thrown onto trains, carried on bicycles, abused by various drunken idiots and played on staircases and in pubs, gutters and fields all over England and it is still in one piece! All I would suggest is to try some 'hard tension' strings on it and maybe a new nut. Trust me, the neck will take it, any slight buzzing you may have been experiencing will completely disappear and it will sound amazing. Highly recommended as a 'go-to' second guitar, when you don't want to risk your nice one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2011
I purchased this guitar for my boyfriend as a Christmas present. He'd told me that he tried to learn the guitar once many years ago, but had given up because he couldn't work the strings very well (he has wide fingers). He told me that he'd rather have played a Spanish Guitar because of the nylon strings, but that he'd never really had the motivation to try again, so I bought him this guitar to try and reignite his interest.

He was thrilled with this guitar. It looks and feels good. The sound is also very good and just as you'd expect from a guitar. He's really looking forwards to learning to play it properly.

I would definately recommend this guitar. The only downside I can see so far is that it doesn't come with extra strings, which would have been useful, but I can't really complain considering the quality of the guitar for the price I have paid.

I don't really know the first thing about what makes a good guitar, but based on what my boyfriend has said, I think this deserves five stars. As I said, spare strings would have been nice, but I don't think that's a big enough deal to take off one star. :)
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on 5 June 2013
I have been playing music for 20 years and I must say I am very impressed with this guitar. It has a beautiful tone, super (and I mean SUPER) glossy finish and the action is spot on to boot!! I just assumed that since the guitar is so inexpensive that it would come with a few drawbacks, but I am happy to admit that I was wrong.

The only issue I have with this guitar is that it arrived with a 1 inch chip near the base. I want to exchange it, but the return shipping is only reimbursed up to £3 odd and it'll cost 5 times that to ship it so I will just cut my losses. It's a real shame because I'd rather give it 5 stars but can't due to the chip and return policy.

All in all it's an amazing value and I'm still very happy with it.
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