Deluxe Classical Electro Acoustic Guitar
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The Gear4music Classical Electro Acoustic Guitar is a carefully assembled guitar that has the deep clear and well balanced tone that makes classical guitar playing so popular. Using superior materials and craftsmanship this deluxe model marries a classic look with a strong sound that can be used in a variety of locations thanks to its electro acoustic nature.
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Really imressed with this guitar. Like all new guitars it will take some time to bed in but this video was taken about half an hour after unboxing. I cannot believe the price either, i looked for classical pickups but nothing good under £100 pound so i was amazed to find this. Love it.
The guitar itself is beautiful to look at. The general finish is amazing in an instrument in this price range. The cream coloured binding and purfling are well fitted, and give the guitar the impression of being much more expensive than it is.
The machine heads are gold coloured, with rather tacky looking pearlized buttons, but the tuning action is smooth and stable.
The solid Spruce top means that this instrument will sound better and better the more it is played. The tone is bright and clear, without suffering from the muffled sound so often found in budget guitars. The Sapele back and sides add to the overall sound.
The fretboard and bridge are both made from rosewood, which adds to the look and feel of the instrument.
The neck is nicely contoured for a classical guitar, and makes for easy access to the frets.
The joints appear to be well fitted, and the varnish is evenly applied.
On the minus side, the strings that are fitted to the guitar are terrible, so be prepared to fit a set of decent strings and allow time for them to bed in.
There were noticeable marks on some of the frets that show evidence of filing, and one or two of the frets also had dents. This doesn't alter the playability of the guitar, but it is unusual to see on a new instrument.
The ends of the frets are quite rough, and while it doesn't alter the sound of the guitar, it is something that could have been better.
I haven't tried the guitar through an amplifier yet, but I feel sure that the four band equalizer will perform quite well.
Overall, this is a fantastic instrument for the price. The pictures really don't do it justice. It looks and sounds like a guitar costing many times the price.
This has to be one of the best budget guitars available, so don't miss out!
Anyway as a self confessed guitar 'fettler' I added some improvements/rectifications, as below:
1) Using a fine half round needle file the rough spots on the tuning pegs were lightly smoothed off.
2) The 19th fret ends were dressed and shaped to remove sharp edges, using the same file.
3) Using the same file the slots in the nut were filed down to give a clearance between the strings and the 1st fret of about 0.012"
(measured with a feeler gauge)*. This significantly improved the playing action on the first few frets.
4) Using fine emery paper the bridge was lightly sanded to remove the slightly rough unfinished surface.
5) The same piece of emery was lightly stroked longitudinally across the frets to remove the machined surface.Read more ›
I put a short steel straight-edge across the frets and this revealed that the 4th fret was decidedly high - especially toward the treble side of the fretboard. All frets looked correctly bedded, and the hump appears to be caused by a non-perfect fretboard.
I removed all strings and stoned the 4th fret, and then checked all the others, which although not perfect were entirely acceptable. After re-stringing, the guitar now sounds perfect. The sound through the pickup and a Trace Elliot Acoustic amp is nothing short of fantastic, with concert-level clarity with normal play, and funky grunge with more enthusiastic picking, and the volume advanced.
The remarks others have made about the strings are valid, slight, but distinct improvement in tone was achieved with a quality set of strings.
This is a lovely instrument, and I'm very pleased with it - now. But it does illustrate a very important point - if I'd been buying this in the shop, I would have haggled with the dealer for a discount due to it needing remedial set-up. Notwithstanding the above, even with the extra setup, the guitar is still a bargain.
If asked for advice I would say - buy it, but be prepared to do some setup work if yours is below standard. (or pay to have it done)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really nice instrument once the original strings have been replaced with a decent set (and believe me the originals are crap). It has a great acoustic sound. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Way way better than expected.superior quality finish.well made and plays and sounds superb.can't believe the price.already used for recording several tracks.faultless.Published 11 months ago by David Hadley
This is a budget Classical Guitar. I purchased this to use for recording purposes as my more expensive classica; does not have a pick-up/ equaliser. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joe Pike
Absoulutely brilliant, I have been playing guitar for about 10 years. This a really decent guitar and the sound when plugged in is great, no buzz on strings, close action. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Hazzo
First off, this is a pleasant looking instrument, nicely styled with the cutaway proving most useful. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Orator
This is the highest quality guitar, you could hope to get at this price,
it has a real shine to it, and the strings ring out, and are easy to change. Read more
For the money spent this is outstanding value for money. Guitar with lovely tone, easy to tune and has stayed in tune. Ecoustic quality brilliantPublished on 4 April 2014 by Ros Hatherill