A Good Guitar

I bought this guitar new at a music store in Reus (Catalonia – Spain) for 260 euros. The brand is “Alhambra,” not one I was familiar with. Made in Spain. I must give it its due here and say that it’s an astoundingly fine instrument for the price. It’s well put-together and has a VERY light finish, almost raw — practically danced out of my clutch when I first played it — a surprisingly bright sound. I was told I could try out more expensive models of the line, but I said, naw, I’ll just take this one. I hadn’t wanted to lug a guitar with me to Spain — I’m just an amateur, anyway, but I try to abuse the best instrument I can afford as a general rule. My slogan is that mediocre players need good guitars more than good players do. I was shopping for a workaday guitar I could leave here pending my next visit so as to have my needs covered at both ends. This jewel does the trick. I almost wish I could take it home.

(c) 2018 JMN.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to A Good Guitar

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    Great. I absolutely love acoustic guitar (not to mention electric). I tried to learn a couple times, but found it rather difficult. Nevertheless I love it, and wish I had the skill to sing and play guitar, so I could make up my own songs and perform them. Strikes me as a marvelous and direct art form.

    • JMN says:

      I love guitars, too. I make periodic runs at trying to understand better how music works, chord structure, intervals, etc. I find the theory hard to retain at times, but it gives me something interesting to think about. I’ve only ever studied the classical type of instrument, but I salivate when watching a Fender or Gibson being put through its paces. I’m recently taken with John Mayer’s playing. In another life I would have studied music and math. Then starved even more than I have!

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