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Old 09-18-2007, 09:34 PM   #21
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My own experience is that even though a classical guitar SEEMS easier to play because the pressure on your fingertips is less (nylon strings) the wider neck actually takes more muscle in your hands and forearm. It's a trade off.

Find a guitar that you love, your hands will adjust. I play Larrivee acoustics - they make great instruments. But lots of builders make great instruments.

Consider a smaller body guitar. They fit a womens body a little better, but usually the neck is the same size as a larger guitar. I am not an Ovation fan, although I have played some great sounding Ovations... i find the rounded body rolls off my body when I play and the only comfortable way to play is standing and with a strap.

Follow your ears to the right instrument for you. Play a lot of them before you buy. Only buy the instrument you play, another one of the same model will sound different.

Most importantly, don't pay retail. Guitars under $500.00 can be had for 20% under retail. Guitars between $500 and $1000 can routinely be purchased for 25% under retail. Over $1000 30% or more under retail.

My last teacher told me that tenacity and practice trump talent!
Sadly, it seems to be true...

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