The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #51127   Message #832315
Posted By: mooman
22-Nov-02 - 05:27 AM
Thread Name: Good budget/student guitars
Subject: RE: Good budget/student guitars
As a part time repairer still (and once full time), I'd say the LaSiDo family (Simon & Patrick, Seagull, Art & Lutherie and Norman) represent pretty good if not excellent value for the price.

Having tried a few lately, I would add a recommendation for a fairly new make for steel string guitars although they have been making classicals for years...Alhambra. To me these are better instuments for the price than even the LaSiDo family.

I'd also second Kate's endorsement of Alvarez (I presume Alvarez Yairi). These are really excellent if you can find one at the right price. Certainly Ani DiFranco still makes a glorious noise with her set of A-Ys (at least from hearing her live last year).

All the best mooman (Lakewoodophile....but these have jumped in price recently from what I can see)