La Patrie Etude
This is a really solid instrument that is not lacking in playability or tone and has plenty of volume when needed. Anyone who is looking to begin classical study on guitar should look no further than the Etude as it is an extremely reliable, well-built guitar. It is balanced, dynamic and surprisingly rich in tone quality.
Top: Solid Cedar
Back & Sides: Wild Cherry
Fretboard and Bridge: Rosewood
Classical guitars are always a good choice for beginners as opposed to traditional steel-string guitars because the nylon strings are soft on the fingers which leads to longer practice time and the greater nut width allows more space between the strings to place one’s fingers in the appropriate spots. This guitar felt very comparable to a much higher priced classical in terms of its playability, but it obviously lacks the volume and responsiveness of a guitar built with better quality woods and more attention to detail on the bracing. The important point is that this guitar is not going to derail one’s technical development in any way, it feels great, no intonation issues whatsoever and overall sound quality was fairly decent.
- Spruce top
- Catalpa back & sides
- Rosewood fingerboard & bridge