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Medley of "Torija" (F.M. Torroba) / "Prelude, Fugue and Allegro" (J.S. Bach) / "Sounds of Bells" (J. Pernambuco) played by David Stevenson
The Alhambra Mengual y Margarit Serie NT Classical Guitar is a truly world-class concert instrument. It's tone is absolutely beautiful and it's power and projection are at the top of its class. 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".)
This is the next in line above the Linea Profesional. The Linea Profesional is an excellent guitar, but the Mengual y Margarit guitars are really a significant step above. They are truly luthier-built and it really shows in the sound. They have that sound quality of a luthier-built guitar that is hard to categorize, but definitely real and incredibly beautiful. The improvement in sound is considerably greater than the $1,000 increase in price from the Linea Profesional. I've had people compare them to guitars priced at $7,500 and prefer the Mengual y Margarit guitars.
The top of the Mengual y Margarit Serie NT classical guitar is thinner than standard and French-polished, giving it very powerful volume and superb projection. It features a Torres bracing pattern, which gives it a beautifully full traditional classical guitar sound and very rich tones in all registers and volumes. The NT has thicker sides and back than standard (3mm vs 2mm), giving it more volume and sustain.
The Alhambra Mengual y Margarit Serie NT 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
(For a lattice-braced version of this same guitar, click here to see the Serie C.)
Neck: Spanish Cedar
Nut & Saddle Material: Bone (Extra saddle included)
Tuning Machines: Schaller (Made in Germany)
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: 21 sec
1st String Open: 6.5 sec
1st Position E Major Chord: 21 sec
(strings used: RC Sonata)
Recommended Strings: This guitar comes with Royal Classics Sonata Extra Hard Tension strings installed. These are not bad strings, but don't allow the guitar to live up to its full potential. I recommend the following strings for this guitar:
-Geoff Ferdón, owner of XGuitars
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I recently purchased an Alhambra Mengual y Margarit Cedar NT from XGuitars. It was my first time purchasing an instrument of this caliber online, and at this price point I was concerned whether it would be a safe purchase. After reading all the customer reviews and researching the instrument I contacted Geoff at XGuitars. He was very patient as I had quite a few questions concerning many aspects of this instrument (from tone, polish, string tension, comparisons to other guitars at this price point, etc.). Needless to say Geoff made me feel very comfortable and I felt ready to move forward with the transaction. I wanted to write this review after I physically received the instrument this week to give you an idea of the shipping & actual instrument. I opted for the 3-day UPS shipping. The packaged arrived on time and was carefully packaged to prevent any issues or damages. The M&M Cedar NT is a real beauty. The construction and sound of the guitar exceeded all my expectations and I am truly satisfied with my purchase. I recommend spending a bit more on the NTK case upgrade. I also purchased a tuner and humidipak to ensure that the guitar is stored at the right temperature and humidity. So, if you are searching for a quality instrument from a reputable online dealer I highly recommend XGuitars and especially working with Geoff for your purchase. Thank you so much Geoff for a memorable purchase experience. I have no doubts I will be considering XGuitars for my next purchase!
I purchased Alhambra Mengual y Margarit Serie NT Classical Guitar 2 weeks ago. WOW. That’s all I have to say about the guitar. This guitar will always stay with me even if I end up buying another one in 5 years. Geoff was very helpful. I definitely recommend purchasing your guitar with XGuitar.
This is a very heavy, very substantial guitar with excellent tone and sustain. I cannot thank Geoff enough for such wonderful customer service that goes above and beyond as always!
With some extra cash inherited, I decided to get a higher level guitar than my 8P. After checking I stumbled on the M&M NT. With its traditional cedar body, the softer Royal Classic strings and easy play, I definitely made the right choice. It took a few months to get it made and shipped here, but it was almost perfect (has a little slash mark from a string). It is bigger than my 8P, so I have to get use to holding. But play wise it is so easy and so natural sounding, I prefer to play this all the time during practice and recitals. I have also taken it on my concerts where I do duets and accompanients and sometimes solos. I also use the Royal Sonata strings which are easier on my senior fingers. In my old age, this is the last guitar for me but I am totally satisfied. I also like to thank Geoff for overseeing the purchase to give me complete confidence in the sale which lasted a few months. The French finish is delicate and thin so my guitar surface has a lot of marks already. But it still sounds great if you don't mind the look. Also some positions for hammer on/pull off like in Bach's Lute Suite are much easier on this guitar than my 8P. I made a video of my two guitars wishing me happy birthday so there are birthday wishes on the photo.
My Serie NT is the Cedar version. The guitar comes with French polished top, a pickguard (separate), a very protective case (TLK option), and a certificate of authenticity. The top looks thinner, and likely softer and easier to scratches so care must be taken to maintain it. The bridge and headstock are Cocobolo, adding to the beauty of the guitar. This guitar is very full in sound, impressively resonant with a very romantic Spanish tone. I couldn't be happier for the purchase and thanks always to Geoff who helped me get it.