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I know it is difficult to assess a guitar without trying it out but there are no flamenco guitars to try near me so I have to rely on Internet research and taking a chance. I have been lucky so far with my choices for classical and steel string guitars but now I am thinking of trying a Flamenco guitar. It is too easy to scratch a classical guitar with my clumsy exuberant attempts at playing in this style.

So I started looking at possible guitars online and came across a minty looking Yamaha FC-36 but it seems kind of expensive. I have a cheap Yamaha G-231 II classical guitar that had served me well for many years (now replaced with a Taurus M56 and a Bernabe M50) but I only paid $250 for it. The one I am looking at costs ten times as much for a 1990 model. Are Grand Concert Yamaha flamenco guitars decent or should I be looking for something else? There are many choices for flamenco guitars and some of them cost quite a bit for even damaged ones (cracks, large dings).
 

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The Multiac Grand Concert would meet your budget. I just picked up a Multiac Duet (slightly slimmer nut width than the Grand Concert) and it is a great playing and sounding guitar acoustically and plugged in. The TRIC case is also well designed; very light but solid protection. This purchase exceeded my expectations.
 

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My brother=in-law has been playing flamenco (he has been taking lessons from a top flamenco player in Montreal for 5-6 years) and bought a flamenco guitar for $200.00 on Spain a number of years ago. He said it is not top of the line but quite decent.
 

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I have four classical guitars and they all sound different. The more expensive ones have a richer tone with better sustain even with older strings but the cheaper guitars aren't that bad either. For 1/10 the price they sound pretty good. If I only had my Taurus guitar I would be happy but the Bernabe and Ramirez are both better.

I keep reading about guitars that don't sound as good (duds) at all price ranges which makes me nervous about buying online. I have bought four guitars online (2 classical and 2 steel string) and they turned out to be very nice so maybe I was lucky.

Perhaps I will wait and save up for a used Hermanos Conde guitar. They have a reputation of sounding excellent so I would have good chance of finding a nice one.
 

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I just pulled the trigger on a 2004 Luis Sevillano Concert model flamenco guitar for $950 plus shipping. I couldn't try it out (it's in California and I am in Canada) but everything I read was positive. It is a hand made guitar by a luthier in Tijuana, Mexico and looks very nice.

I was a little nervous about getting a guitar made in Mexico as I don't know if he uses aged woods or not but the guitar is almost 15 years old and looks like new in the pictures with no cracks, dings or scratches. I am not sure what the shipping will be as I just bought it on that auction website but there should be no duty as NAFTA is still in effect (sickening Trump).

Here is a link to the ad with pictures. Hurray! Or should I say Olay?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Luis-Sevill.../282718675003?
 

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Olay!!

I wouldn't worry about your purchase. The seller has a 100% positive rating. The guitar looks great!
 

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I was worried when the guitar sat in custms in BC for 9 days but it now looks like it has been released to Canada Post. Hopefully it will be here next week. I didn't realize cypress wood was on the cites list appendix 1.
 
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