XGuitars Blog by Kathryn Lambert
A new entry every two weeks!
To Have and to Cling To
(on the subject of guitar supports)
To Be Amplified To Be Amplified Or To Not Be Amplified?
We Can Have Our Cake and Eat It Too
The various ways guitar builders make our instrument so personal
Classical Guitars, Flamenco Guitars, Strings, & Accessories
Every guitar is given a thorough setup and quality check including playing through every note, adjusting saddle & nut heights, checking neck relief, fret ends, tuners, & finish. You can rest assured that your guitar will be flawless.
Sagework Magnetic Guitar Supports
Now that I have had the Alhambra 8p classical guitar for several years, I do feel that it has been a very worthwhile purchase and continues increasing in personal value to me. Initially I was very impressed with it, and that certainly has not changed in the time since. If anything I am pleased with how it continues to sound as I grow in my skills as a musician. All qualities still remain from my initial review of the guitar, and as I stated there, it still is a very easy and delightful guitar to play.
The guitar is a beauty. It looks gorgeous, with a mirror finish and made with cedar soundboard (top), rosewood sides and back, mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard. It has quality nylon strings and very high quality tuning machines. The guitar is extremely well manufactured--made in China--and the overall craftsmanship is impeccable.
The Cordoba C10 is much easier to play than either of my other guitars--one a luthier handcrafted model--and has a lovely full and mellow sound with fuller bass but better balanced middle and treble, and produces about 3-5 times more volume.
The setup is also very well done. Serious guitar players will appreciate the difference made by appropriate adjustments of a small fraction of an inch in fretboard width, nut height, scale length, and "action" (height of strings above fretboard), and the absolutely flat alignment of the tops of the frets. The slightly wider fretboard makes finding and isolating a string easier, and the fret height and action makes getting clean notes and barre's easier.
Serious guitarists will also appreciate the very well designed and built "body" to the guitar, acoustically engineered bracing of the soundboard, and very accurate placement of the bridge. The C10 has all that, while looking like a piece of extremely fine woodworker's (luthier's) art!
The supplied case is a substantial soft-shell case featuring a black cordura exterior, thick semi-rigid foam padding, a burgundy plush interior, zipper closing, shoulder/backpack straps, slender exterior zip pocket, and lidded interior pocket for holding accessories. A pro guitarist friend said "Ooooo! Very nice. That case is very interesting. I like it!
Yeah, I really like my new C10 guitar. "More fun than Christmas!! " is how I described it to far-flung family. However, now any technical or musical goofs I make in playing have no excuses--I need to up my playing level to match the guitar!
It has a powerful volume projection with clear sustain and excellent harmonics. The guitar has a beautiful design with an elegant finish and details. The basses are clear and the trebles are crisp, lively, and loud with Savarez (540J) strings, which it is now a preference. The guitar can also give you a powerful, warm and sweet sound with the ProArte EJ46 strings. So there is versatility for any preference. The Alhambra M&M C series is very easy to play, and its sound echoes throughout the house. It is very responsive if I play more aggressively. My wife and son have a great time as a family listening to some Spanish tunes. I really love this guitar!
The company XGuitars has impressive customer service and it is exemplary. The information I received from XGuitars concerning this guitar was accurate and free of hype. The purchase process was very professional. Geoff patiently answered my questions for several days, and I never felt pressured at all. Buying my first concert Luthier Spanish guitar was a big deal for me, and I am glad I chose XGuitars. I highly recommend it.
Great guitar, great price and great service. The Ramirez has the classic Spanish sound which is just what I was looking for. This guitar will only get better with age.
Geoff answered all my questions immediately and also gave me great advice. I will be using Xguitars for all my guitar needs in the future.
I bought the Alhambra 4P-PT (the one with the sound reflector) and couldn’t be happier. It sounds beautiful, rich, deep. The sound reflector in my opinion adds to the experience. The guitar was professionally packaged, it arrived home without damage. The box included action specifications, and instructions regarding acclimatization period which I think is important to know specially when the guitar travels but frequently ignored.
I also received frequent updates on my order from the moment i placed it all they way until delivery.
I highly recommend xGuitars.
Absolutely love the guitar and the purchase experience!!!! Geoff was extremely helpful throughout the process answering all my questions. Guitar arrived in perfect condition. Looks great, sounds great, plays great. Could not be happier!!! You’ll like doing business with XGuitars, I plan to be a customer for years to come.
This is a truly wonderful instrument. Looks gorgeous and it’s a true joy to play it. The sound is warm and deep with lots of richness.
Geoff was very helpful through the purchasing process and the shipping was fast. Would highly recommend.
Absolutely the best guitar buying experience I have ever had. My new Alhambra 1c is beautiful, arrived as promised without any damage and in a timely manner! Geoff was a joy to work with. He is very responsive and knowledgable. He responds within a few hours typically, via email, at most within 24 hours, and was more than willing to answer all of my questions. For my next purchase, I will be back to xguitars without question!
I received this guitar a few days ago. Communicating with Geoff was a pleasure. He was prompt, took care of what I wanted, and sent me a flawless instrument.
This guitar is beatiful to look at. It is light and easy to hold. The neck is slender -- perfect for my smallish hand. I like the sound -- sweet and bright with long sustain. Also, loud enough. Its action is higher than my old guitar. Nonetheless, after playing it for a few days, I got used to it. But I suspect that some may not like its high action.
I just received my handmade Linea Profesional built by Alhambra in Spain. This is perhaps one of the absolute best professional level classical guitars you can buy for the money. Mine has a cedar soundboard giving the guitar a deep melodious, Spanish tone with excellent sustain. The innovative strut design offers the guitar magnificent projection. It came with two saddles. I use the lower saddle without buzz. The tuning machines are beautiful and compliment the instrument. The rosette, saddle decoration, and binding are all beautifully matched. You cannot find a better classical guitar in this price point. I recommend it without reservation. This is my forever guitar.
Beautiful and functional. Install was easy. Highest recommendation.
Geoff at XGuitars is excellent.
I have had my Alhambra Linea Professional now for two years. This guitar is not only a piece of art but a palate of tonal amazement. As I play it, the guitar vibrates against my chest making it one with its player. The Linea resonates so beautifully. The tone is equally matched by its beauty. From the head stock to the bridge, the Linea performs and looks amazing. I have also been very pleased with Geoff's professional and courteous service. Geoff is clearly concerned that his customers are pleased with their purchases. I have waited thirty years for my dream guitar and now I finally have it.