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The Mengual y Margarit Serie C Classical Guitar is a truly world-class concert instrument. It's tone is absolutely beautiful, with fluid and piano-like tone. This guitar is shockingly loud, with very strong, clear basses. It is built in a very small workshop that is its own independent operation from the rest of the Alhambra facility. In this workshop, master luthiers Javier Mengual and José Margarít build this guitar from start to finish with the utmost care and artistry. (Click here to hear the pronunciation of "Alhambra".)
The Mengual y Margarit Serie C classical guitar has thicker sides and back than standard (3mm vs 2mm), giving it more volume and sustain. Because of this, it is slightly heavier than a standard guitar. The top is French polished and thinner than standard, giving it very powerful volume and projection. The Serie C differs from the Serie NT only in that it uses a Lattice bracing pattern, giving it it's particular tonal qualities.
The Alhambra Mengual y Margarit Serie C features Alhambra's ErgoNeck. The ErgoNeck is the result of continuous research by Alhambra to improve the ergonomics of the neck. (See illustration above.)
Top: Solid Red Canadian Cedar
Back/Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
Neck: Spanish Cedar
Nut & Saddle Material: Bone (Extra saddle included)
Finish (top): French Polish (gives the top maximum resonance)
Finish (back & sides): Polyurethane (provides improved durability)
Strings Installed: Royal Classics Sonata
Hardshell Case Included
Made in Spain
Upper Bout Width: 11.375" (11 3/8")
Lower Bout Width: 15.0"
Upper Bout Depth: 4.0"
Lower Bout Depth: 4.125" (4 1/8")
6th String Open: 15 sec
1st String Open: 6 sec
1st Position E Major Chord: 15 sec
(strings used: RC Sonata)
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Let me start by saying that I am new to the guitar, but not new to music. I have been fortunate to have had a long career as a symphony/opera/ballet musician. In my retirement, I decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong desire and finally learn to play classical guitar. My teacher, who has had a long relationship with Alhambra, knew I would find a good instrument through Geoff and XGuitars. Originally, I was looking at the NT model, but when a couple of Cs became available, Geoff contacted me and offered me one. One of the characteristics of a great business, and therefore a great owner, is a willingness to make the process of buying an instrument as worry-free as possible. Geoff was willing to send the guitar to my teacher, on approval, before we settled the deal. That is a mark of not only a great businessman, but also a great person. I can't imagine ever doing business with anyone else unless, of course, I fall into a pile of money and can afford a Thomas Humphrey. As to the guitar, the title of this review is a direct quote by my teacher when he first played this instrument. All I can say is that, to my ear, it lacks nothing in terms of the beauty of sound and expressive capabilities. I have been playing it on a daily basis for a month now. It has begun to open up marvelously. Changing from the Savarez 540J to D'Addario EJ46 has traded a bit of projection for a deeper and warmer sound. I have yet to try the EJ46FF, which will be my next set. Anyway, this is an amazing instrument, that easily holds its own against single-luthier-built instruments I have heard. I can't wait until Covid is over and I can listen to my teacher play this guitar like it should be! Thank you Geoff!
I recently purchased the Alhambra Mengual y Margarit Serie C from XGuitars. This is my second guitar purchased from XGuitars. The first was the Alhambra Linea Profesional. The build quality of both instruments is top notch, and the customer service is second to none. Geoff went above and beyond in answering my questions, and insuring that my instrument was set up properly and ready to play. I highly recommend Alhambra guitars, and I highly recommend XGuitars!
I have played the guitar for over 45 years, and have had much professional experience in various groups and as a solo artist. During this time I have played and owned many great guitars, mostly high quality steel string instruments. Recently I have re-kindled my interest in the classical style and in nylon string guitars, and have tested many and own several.
The Alhambra Series C, which I recently purchased through Geoff at XGuitars, is a wonderful inspiring, instrument, and is certainly among the best guitars I have ever played.
The tone is gorgeous and nuanced, with a bold expressiveness. It has a magical combination of power and delicacy. As such , it is suited to many styles of music.
This guitar has that indescribable, yet real, quality that inspires passion for music.
My wife is a professional musician who has listened to countless hours of my playing over the years.
She immediately noticed a difference in my playing related to this guitar. True love.
Along with refined and elegant qualities of construction, it has an ergonomic neck design which brings great playability to the experience.
Geoff advised me on the purchase of this instrument and I found his advice to be right on, and the service excellent.
I heartily recommend this Alhambra Series C guitar, which in my opinion is a fine value for the price.
I was introduced to Geoff Ferdón about a decade or so ago by our mutual friend, the late great guitarist Philippe Bertaud. At that time, Philippe was determined to get me playing an Alhambra guitar. I soon received a phone call from Geoff, who coordinated with Alhambra Guitars to grant me a full artist endorsement. Within days, Geoff provide me with a beautiful Luthier Signature guitar. I loved that Spruce Top Signature - it was a true workhorse of an instrument.
That first Alhambra Guitar is currently in the hands of a very worthy student. Now my main guitar is a 2016 Mengual and Margarit Signature Model C. It is a remarkably beautiful sounding guitar with an enormous voice, ideal for my guitar and flute duo, as it balances with the flute perfectly. Last month I received from Alhambra a new Cedar Top Linea Professional. This is a stunning guitar - it is lightening fast to play, has a beautiful esthetic, and sings with a bold and sustaining “Spanish” voice. The addition of the factory installed Fishman E8 preamp system makes it the perfect guitar when playing larger venues, as it amplifies effortlessly.
My professional career was considerably altered by the generosity, kindness, and sincerity of Geoff. His attention to detail, product knowledge, and desire to serve the customer is greater than all other on-line retailers combined.
I am forever grateful to Geoff and Alhambra Guitars, and I will never forget our dear friend, Philippe Bertaud.
Classical Guitarist, Serenade Duo