A guide on buying of classical guitar

Written by James Robinson

A guide on buying of classical guitar should be covering all the basics you need to know before and while you purchase a guitar, right? This is exactly the stuff we plan on doing here.

Who doesn’t love the pleasure of listening to quality classical music? Be it an instrumental, a song, whatever. They just seem so perfect to blend in and soothe your ears and melt your heart. More than the listener, the player has to give much, much more effort in playing it, to entice the harmony. And no matter if you are a newbie, an intermediate or an expert, we want you to invest in one of the best classical guitars from the many brands that are out there.

But if you want to play the best, you have to buy the best. And our buying guide will hopefully give you just that (and more).  

A guide on buying of classical guitars:

So here are what we think is important for you to know:

Factory vs. Handmade guitars

So there are two types of constructions that you will come across. This is in the broadest sense of guitar construction. Because honestly, there’s so much into the construction, we sometimes get baffled. Coming back, there are factory guitars and then there are handmade guitars.

The thing with factory guitars is that they are more widely available than handmade guitars, and you know the prices are cheaper. Beginner-level guitars are of this type. And the handmade guitars can also be beginner level, but they are on the pricier side of the spectrum.  

Laminated vs Solidwood guitars

You can have a solid top or a laminated top on your guitar. When you have a laminated top, there is actually plywood being used in the making.

Three types of woods are joined, them being in the thinnest of layers, and the upper layer is the most qualified wood of the three. It produces a duller tone than the solid wood ones.

Cedar vs Spruce guitars

This is the most common wood type that you will often hear, that has been used to make your classical guitar. They are the ones mostly used, but there are other variants too.

Note that, the difference is not actually in the wood type, but in the tone that they can produce. Think of cedar as a middle-aged uncle who gives out low, mellow, warm voice. And think of spruce as a cheery young fellow with a bright voice. There’s your difference. And it totally depends on what you’d like to buy. 

Hardware and Fingerboard

The metal used in making any part of the guitar, such as the tuning machine and the frets can be brass of any sorts (obviously the durable, finer ones) and steel. As the material of the fingerboard, we prefer rosewood or ebony.

The built we prefer

The best combinations you can have on a guitar is a solid top, bone nut-and-saddle, metallic tuners, and an ebony fingerboard. Things can change and should, if you like so. But avoid the use of plastic on your guitar.

Setting up your guitar

The action of a guitar is not what your hands are doing. It is how you have set up the guitar. Even experts guitar players need to have the right action to keep things working for them. You can have your guitar set up from the store or DIY at home. But any fault in the action might make all the difference in playing the guitar, even if it’s making you regret purchasing the guitar.


If you are satisfied with every point we mentioned above as you buy your guitar, take it! You’ve probably found the right guitar and should start practicing immediately!

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