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Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series review. The new Crossover guitar from Alhambra

 

Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series

Alhambra guitars have introduced a few new models for 2015 under the common denomination of “S Series”. One of these newborn Alhambra guitars is the Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series, the entry-level model of the Crossover line of Alhambra. As the Alhambra CS3 CW, described in a previous review here, (also being upgraded this year) the ‘crossover‘ models of Alhambra, have adapted some dimensions of the instrument to better meet the needs of guitarists who are used to playing on electric or acoustic guitars (the neck, the body, …). Thus, the thickness of the handle has been reduced as well as the size of the body, which has in addition, the presence of a cutaway. In this way, the guitar still keeps, very convincingly, the sound of a nylon string guitar, but offers a modern “makeover”.

Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series 1

Even for an amateur guitarist, the very name ‘Alhambra’ is enough to evoke the image of Spain and its typical music. Of course, this is not enough to guarantee the quality of the guitars produced, but Alhambra has consistently demonstrated the qualities of the brand. From the most economic category to more expensive ones, customers always get great value for money, and the guitars are built to be played throughout a lifetime.

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One immediately sees that this guitar was built with consciousness and attention to detail. All the components are in place, the frets finishing is neat, and guitar carries a number of fine features. For example, in the case of wooden fillets whose color contrasts nicely with the rest of the woods in the guitar: the Alhambra CS-CW LR S Series, ash fillets are highlighted by a small line of ebony. These are the delicate details that make a difference.

Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series 5

The traditional Spanish head has golden machine heads whose pegs are made of quality white plastic. This head is made of mahogany, like the rest of the neck, and it is covered with a small rosewood veneer. From a technical point of view, the neck is similar to that of the Alhambra 4P S: the actual neck is one piece and is glued to the heel and head ends. In short, a good old well-known, proven and well established Spanish guitar neck. The neck of the ‘cross-over’ model is clearly narrower than the one on the Alhambra 4P, and it tends to have a C profile other than the traditional D profile present in many classical guitars. None of those changes will encourage electric and acoustic guitarists to turn more readily to this guitar, but it will make a more comfortable and easier transition.  Indeed, such dimensions for the neck are much closer to those of their preferred instrument. In this way, Alhambra tackles one of the most delicate points (for electric guitar, of course) during the “transition” to a nylon stringed instrument.

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If the neck of this ‘crossover‘ model is a little narrower than the 4P S, obviously, the fretboard is too. But the differences do not stop there. Unlike the flat fretboard of a traditional classical guitar, the fretboard in the “crossover” has a radius which is similar to the fretboards on electric and acoustic guitars. That will also please the acoustic and electric guitarist and it will also give a refreshing alternative to the most adventurous nylon guitarists. The fretboard in the Alhambra CS-CW LR S Line is made of carefully selected rosewood and as stated above, is impeccably finished with lovely and precise fretwork.

Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series 2

Essentially, the body materials are identical to those of the 4P S, except for the fillets and wood inlays which have already been described. So, rosewood for the back and sides, and a solid cedar soundboard. The sides, like the back of the guitar, are highlighted by a wooden fillet outline, which adorn the heel in the same way. With these details, this guitar has a classy look. In the body of the instrument, the user actually feels that the crossover is smaller than a normal classical guitar, although expressed in millimeters, the differences are minimal. The cutaway is an addition which many classical guitarists do not even want to hear about! But once again, for an electric guitarist, this is the most natural thing ever!

Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series 4

ERGONOMICS

This is obviously one of the most important subjects up for discussion, and depends entirely on everyone’s personal preferences. This ‘crossover‘ offers an alternative which many classical guitar builders have not, until now, wanted to offer as a solution. Designing a neck that is a little narrower and a fretboard a little more “readable”, has made for a more fearless transition for those guitarists who would fall back immediately on their usual instruments , without the presence of these “facilities”. The body shape of the cross-over is, from an objective point of view, ergonomically more refined than a typical classical guitar: it fits more comfortably against the body of the musician, and the cutaway provides a host of additional opportunities. But there will probably be few classical guitarists who admit that the cross-over is … “best” in this area, but here, only personal preferences and habits matter. The purists among classical guitarists will without doubt not be convinced by these transformations, but after all, they are not the intended target players.

Alhambra CS-LR CW S Series 3

THE SOUND

The first notes have a much fuller sound, with a nice balance between the bass and treble. The basses support the melody without covering other frequencies. The result is a sound picture full of warmth and well balanced. Compared to the 4P S, the LR CW CS-S Series has a sound that is a little brighter in the trebles, and the sound is a little clearer, without becoming fractious or sharp. The sustain is excellent, and it is quite suitable for playing solo parts. The bass strings support the melody without any problems, and well-balanced sound is present here too. There is not a single frequency range that dominates the others, and the guitar is very handy. Indeed, in sound, there is little or no difference with a “real” classical guitar.

The projection of the sound is excellent. If we play purely with our fingers, everything is already good, but once the attack is accentuated, either by the nails, or why not, a pick, the true character of the instrument is revealed. The ‘crossover’ feels particularly at ease with a pick, maybe it is the more “electric” model size that makes this happen?

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CONCLUSION

This guitar is not the first to fulfill the principle of ‘crossover‘ in Alhambra, but it’s still great to see a new model emerge. The idea behind the slight dimensional change is almost immediately on how we play. And from these minor changes, the effects are much more important than you might anticipate. I therefore appeal to all acoustic and electric guitar players who want to add an additional colour to their arsenal, but have always been put off by the classical guitar: now’s the time to grab your chance!

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New Ramirez RA and Ramirez RB from Ramirez Guitars

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Ramirez RA

 

 

Ramirez RB Front

 

Ramirez RB

Jose Ramirez guitars, one of those mythical names whiting the spanish guitar manufacturers, have renovated the R line in their studio series guitars. With two new models, the Ramirez RA and the Ramirez RB. Two guitars with stunning design and great playability. The Ramirez RA and the Ramirez RB are the entry level models of the popular Ramirez Studio line. This series was designed by José Ramírez IV in 1991 and renewed by Amalia Ramírez in 2014 on its decoration and improved on its construction. These guitars are inspected, adjusted and certified by Ramírez.

Ramirez RA

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Te Ramirez RA.the most affordable of the two models is available with Solid cedar top or solid spruce top. The back and sides are made from laminated indian rosewood and the fretboard is made of ebony. The main external difference with the previous model apart from the design in the rosette and the bridge is the adoption of rosewood for the body instead of mahogany, but according to Ramirez they have also made internal improvements in the bracing design.

Ramirez RB

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The Ramirez RB has a body of solid indian rosewood combined with the choice of solid cedar cedar top or solid spruce top. The fretboard is also made of ebony and there is an ebony reinforcement strip on the neck too. The luxury black and gold tuners make a good impression of the headstock that in this case is darker than her sister the RA. The back of the guitar presents also a more elaborated wood decoration.

 

Both models can be ordered with or without electrification systems from Fishman, Roland,  Schertler or with MIDI pickup from RMC. The standard models come in 650mm scale length but they are also available in 635mm.

For prices and options visit www.guitarfromspain.com

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Fretboard Conditioning

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Do I need to condition the fretboard on my guitar?

Fretboards require regular cleaning and conditioning, otherwise, some pretty nasty things can happen to them. Conditioning the fretboard will keep it looking new and prevent a lot of problems as the guitar ages. Moisture is also very important and should be controlled in addition to regular cleaning and conditioning. Be careful not to substitute one for the other. They work hand-in-hand when preserving fine wood.

What kind of wood needs conditioning?

Fretboards come in a variety of woods. Ebony, Rosewood, Maple, Bacote, Pau Ferro or even Ziricote are just some of the woods used make fretboards. Some are very common, others are quite exotic.

Some have a finish over them, but most do not, particularly in classical guitars and flamenco guitars. Any guitar with an un-finished fretboard should be cleaned and conditioned regularly – at least every string change. Maple fretboards will often have a finish on them and won’t need any conditioning.

What happens if I don’t condition my fretboard?

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All kinds of damage can occur when a fretboard is neglected. Here is a list of common ailments:

  • Cracks
  • Chipping
  • Loose frets
  • Discoloration
  • De-lamination
  • Loss of sustain
  • Premature ware

These problems occur particularly in the summer & winter. Many players don’t realize how the seasonal changes can affect their guitars. Any exposed (unfinished) wood is susceptible to the list above if not properly cleaned and conditioned.

How often do I condition my fretboard?

Every time you change your strings, you should clean & condition your fretboard. This will remove the dirt, sweat and grime that build up on the neck and around the frets. In addition, it will keep your fretboard looking brand new.

Moisture & Conditioning. What’s the difference?

Moisture or humidity is the amount of water in the air and within the cells of the wood. This is very important because it prevents some of the problems listed previously. Conditioning prevents the cells of the wood from becoming brittle, discolored and wearing prematurely. When the humidity fluctuates, the conditioner will help stabilize the wood and prevent cracking and loose frets.

How to condition the fretboard

Determine what the best conditioner is for your guitar. Many manufacturers have recommendations, but they all differ greatly. One of the most common conditioners to use for a healthy guitar fretboard is lemon oil. Lemon oil keeps a rosewood or mahogany fretboard looking and feeling new. Do not use any furniture lemon oil as it may contain unwanted additives.

dirtyboard01First clean the fretboard. Once you have decided to remove any or all of the strings, you then need to clean the fretboard by using several alcohol swabs.

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One at a time, clean each section of the fretboard thoroughly getting any oil and grime off the board. Then using only lemon oil and a clean dry rag (like a kitchen or bath hand towel), apply to the fretboard generously and let it set for at least 60 seconds. Then using a dry part of the rag, rub the oil in and wipe clean until the oily feeling goes away.

Now you have a fretboard that looks and feels like new. Also you have a fretboard that is preserved for the next few months.

Thanks to John LeVan for the information that I borrowed from him.

 

 

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Alhambra Crossover CS3CW Review

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In a previous post we tried to explain what crossover guitars are and we covered a general approach of the concept and purpose of those guitars. In this post we are going to present you a review from Guitarist magazine of the Alhambra CS3CW E5 Electro-acoustic Crossover nylon stringed guitar, a high quality spanish guitar that covers the gap between the acoustic guitar and the classical guitar. An instrument that once you try it, its difficult to forget.

Alhambra Crossover CS-3 CW E5

Is it a steel-string, is it a nylon? A confused acoustic…

Dave Burrluck (Guitarist) 

Alhambra guitars is a Spanish maker located in Muro de Alcoy, in the province of Alicante, that has been successfully making nylon string guitars for over 40 years. Along with its standard classical instruments, Alhambra is known for its electros like the Alhambra 5P CT.

And while some feature a slightly thinner-than-classical-standard neck width, to most electric players, and many steel-string players, the classical neck still feels massive and invariably has a flat fingerboard. The Crossover, however, is a full-depth cutaway released in 2007 that aims to bridge the gap between steel and nylon: a purpose-designed electro for those used to steel-strings.

Alhambra CSS3CW Front

Build

Visually it displays a strong steel-string vibe thanks to its natural finished spruce top which contrasts the dark chocolate-coloured rosewood back and sides. The white face is contrasted again by an ebony bridge with its maple ‘V’ inserts, which mirror the V-shaped, ‘A’ logo’d maple insert in the rosewood headstock facing – the inlaid rosette is suitably dark and gothic too.

Construction is very clean, the maple edge bindings and inner purflings are sharp.  The head and main shaft of the mahogany neck is one piece – with a central ebony strip for reinforcement, there’s no truss rod – while the heel is a separate piece and has quite a complex carve as it joins the cutaway body.

Alhambra CSS3CW Back

Internally you can see a fairly classic Spanish-style foot, kerfed mahogany linings top and bottom, mahogany back braces and spruce top strutting (and hidden standard seven fan braces). It all looks very clean and considered. The fretwire is cleanly installed on the radiused ebony fingerboard.

Another break from tradition, though hardly radical, are the side-only dots at the third, fifth, seventh and ninth frets and the neck joins at the 12th so position orientation should be easy enough.

While the scale is fairly standard at 650mm things are slightly narrower than usual, in Spanish terms, at the nut which is just over 48mm wide (as opposed to 50-52mm or more) and a gnat’s under 60mm at the 12th. Yet at 20.4mm at the first fret, and 25mm at the 10th, you’ll not feel the neck is over large. The shape is quite flat-backed with square shoulders and we have to say the neck is very comfortable and easy – especially compared to a quality concert classical.

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You can order the Crossover with various Fishman preamps to manipulate the undersaddle piezo. The E5 system here is one of the Fishman‘s top-end Prefix Premium Blend and includes both under-saddle piezo pickup and a separate gooseneck mic that is installed on the bass side shoulder. The two pickups meet up on the pretty complex control panel that flips out for swift battery changes and also access to a mono/stereo switch.

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The preamp’s controls are well laid out but with white legends on a light grey fascia the contrast is low and in low lighting, compounded by the sheen of the facia, it’s very difficult to read. But the spec is high with slider controls for mic/piezo balance, frequency (10khz-250k), and treble, contour and bass with a range of +/- 17db (all centre notched). While the treble and bass frequencies are fixed, the contour affects whatever frequency you’ve set with the frequency slider.

A pair of push buttons engage the phase switch for feedback rejection and the onboard tuner that is easier to see and very accurate. Finally, two rotary controls affect overall volume – very nicely placed at the top corner and with a very tactile rubber knob – and the notch filter which ranges from off to 300Hz and removes a very narrow band for feedback rejection. A red LED battery indicator completes the fulsome spec.

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Strung with Alhambra-branded D’Addario extra high tension strings, the supplied set-up is also lower than a standard classical (3.5mm bass, 2.2mm treble). But although the saddle noticeably leans back in its slot, there’s no actual compensation, especially for the thick G (unwound) string that proves a little sharp. That aside, the combination of the neck shape, fingerboard radius and cutaway make the Crossover a fluid player.

The tuners seem a little spongy, but once new strings settle in, tuning is stable.

Sounds

Factor in this guitar’s cutaway and there’s an impressive robustness and depth to the acoustic tone. Yes, it sounds a little tight, yet the dynamic range is acceptable.

Yet it’s the amplified sound that we’re primarily interested in and that’s where, along with fairly effortless playability, the Crossover scores.

Amplified nylons can be surprisingly bright and brittle and there’s some of that here, but with careful EQ’ing it avoids sounding too thin and plastic-y: in fact there’s a richness and plumbiness to the tone that keeps us playing this one. The mic adds a diffused, less direct sound, but keeping it under control especially in a live environment, isn’t easy.

That said, with nylon strings the onboard tuner is a Godsend – particularly as it can be used unplugged.

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Bearing in mind the base price of this guitar, it’s very well made, sharp and clean. The cutaway might well limit it’s acoustic volume but it’s enough for small room ensemble use. Amplified it performs to a high standard and the easy playability makes it hard to return to a larger-necked traditional classical.

The E5 electronics package adds considerably to the price but even with the E2 system  you’d be purchasing a lot of guitar. But the dual-pickup Fishman system fitted here – despite the excellent onboard tuner – might be too much for more general use. By design the Crossover should appeal to anyone working in a jazz, Latin or pop field that wants to add some nylon magic – one we’d recommend you try.

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The options

This review covers the spruce top version of the Alhambra CS3CW but there is also a cedar top version of the guitar that you can order for the same price at www.guitarfromspain.com. The electro version of this guitar comes with the Fishman Matrix Pro-Blend (E2) as the standard option but you can also order it with the mentioned Fishman Premium Blend (E5). The Matrix Pro-Blend (E2) also combines a piezo pickup and microphone at a more affordable price with brilliant results.

Fishman-Pro-Blend    Fishman-Premium

 

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Spanish guitars and the environment

The world is full of cheap guitars. Number one priority seems to be “cheap” or “cheapest” at any cost. That tendency of making, finding, selling and buying the cheapest possible guitars has made companies around the world manufacturing products in the most remotes, less regulated areas of the globe with the only aim of making things cheaper and more profitable.

After few decades doing the same thing, our planet is showing clear signs of stress and damage, not only for our guitars of course but because the same principles are applied to any consumer products. The word sustainability  has become very popular and even fashionable but the concept still far from been generally accepted, particularly from big companies that do not want to leave the race of cheap price and from governments that don’t want to face the future and only see the immediate profit and growth.

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This maxim also applies to the world of guitar making. The biggest guitar companies make guitars in countries where the lack of regulations allow them to manufacture instruments with very little respect for the environment. From the selection of unregulated timber to the actual manufacturing process where no recycling of dangerous chemicals involved in the varnishing or glueing is done.

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The spanish guitar manufacturers have taken this matter very seriously, not only because they are more committed than others with the environment, but for the sustainability of their businesses over time. Alhambra guitars is a good example of a company that understand the importance of sustainability and commitment with the environment:

 

“Alhambra is committed to the preservation of the environment whilst going about its daily tasks. It is not a matter of image but a need for survival as our main raw material is wood and our future depends on the sustainability of the world’s resources.”

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Wood suppliers.

“All our wood suppliers are companies with a proven track record with most of them committed to reforestation. Depending on the origin of the woods every supplier abides by set rules. For instance our Indian Rosewood is obtained through public government auctions and the trunks are then cut up at source. Another example is our Ebony supplier who must contribute annually a percentage of his turnover to the government who then allocates it for reforestation.”

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How to minimize the waste and optimize the best use of woods.

“We always try to take full advantage of the options available for the maximum usage of the wood we buy. For that reason, our policy is present in several points:

  1. Regulations in these countries insist that the wood is cut to specification before it is exported thus ensuring the country’s own promotion and development.
  2. As we have a wide range of models, this makes possible to classify the woods in accordance with their qualities.
  3. Suction System. The manufacturing of briquettes is a by-product. This is where the surplus wood and dust is condensed into cylindrical pieces and is often used by bakers for their ovens or in Alhambra’s case as a form of central heating during the winter.
  4. Supplying craftsman. Sometimes we supply fine pieces of wood (ebony, Indian rosewood etc) to craftsman.”

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Water Treatment.

“We are always seeking ways to assist the environment. This is why we work in collaboration with specialists in the field of varnishing in order to develop new varnishing techniques. Every week our varnishing plant is cleaned and the water is treated through a closed circuit. After the treatment in our water purification plant is completed the water is re-used. Alhambra was a pioneer in this process long before it was made compulsory by law. Regular checks are made to ensure we fulfil the council’s regulations.”

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Toxic waste treatment.

“After the varnishing process the residue in the containers is collected once a month by a special company authorised by the official environment authority for safe disposal.”

Protected woods and our co-operation with the authorities.

“After the 8th meeting of CITES (convention of international trade of endangered species of wild fauna and flora) which took place in Japan in 1992, Dalbergia Nigra (Brazilian Rosewood) was declared an endangered species.

 In order to make an inventory a questionnaire was sent to all members of the industry requesting details of their stocks of wood. At the time of the questionnaire Alhambra stock stood at 879 sets of Dalbergia Nigra and 22 guitars in process. Every time Alhambra makes a guitar using Dalbergia Nigra a form must be submitted so that it may be recorded.

As a result of this co-operation and collaboration the civil servants have become familiar with the different parts of the guitar and the woods used to build them.”

 

The wood suppliers 

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Maderas Barber (Paterna – Valencia – Spain) is one of the main wood suppliers for the  majority of spanish guitar manufacturers and probably the biggest guitar wood suppliers in the world. This company has been is business since 1957 its specialized in all king of wood for guitars and its certified by the FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL Certificate Registration Code: SW-COC-004960.

 

Maderas Barber

 

Next time you buy a guitar think about where that wood may come from and under which conditions.

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Crossover guitars – What are they?

In the recent years, a new type of guitar have come to the market. A nylon stringed guitar with the sound of a classical guitar and the feel and playability of an acoustic steel stringed guitar: The crossover guitar, a cross bridge between a classical a flamenco and an acoustic guitar.

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The crossover guitar has a classical guitar body with cutaway and a narrower neck with some radius in the fingerboard. They normally come electrified with piezo electric pickup and Preamp but you can by them without electrification too. The targeted guitarist for the Crossover guitar is the electric guitar player and the acoustic guitar player that finds the neck of the classical or flamenco guitars too wide and too flat for their playing techniques. That was the original idea but now more people are finding these guitars suitable for them (guitarists with smaller hands or simply people that feel those necks more comfortable than the traditional classical guitar neck).

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The reality is that there are a great amount of guitarists that owns and play electric guitars, acoustic guitars and classical guitars and love to switch from one to another whenever they feel like it and the crossover guitar makes the transition between these different type of guitars smoother and less dramatic.

It all started with the first introduction of cutaway and electronics in the classical guitars and flamenco guitars. Once they where stablished as a new kind of guitar for the studio and the stage, the Electro-classical Guitar was born. The next step was the introduction of a narrower neck with some degree of radius. At first, the idea was a bit estrange for some purists but once people try them they where totally convinced.

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Alhambra guitars was probably the firs company introducing the idea and the product with the Alhambra Crossover series. Now other Spanish guitar makers like Camps guitars or Prudencio Saez guitars are following the idea with their one models.

Here are some of the most popular Crossover Guitars on sale at the moment:

 

ALHAMBRA CS1CW E1 

Alhambra CS1CW Front

The Alhambra Crossover CS1CW is a new concept that combines features from classical guitar and from acoustic guitars in an instrument of great sound and great convenience. All Alhambra Crossover Series guitars incorporate  cutaway for easy access to the upper frets of the guitar. The neck of the Crossover is narrower than that of a classical and the fingerboard is curved instead of plane. It is especially recommended for acoustic or electric guitarists accustomed to a narrower neck who want to experience the sound of a great classical guitar. The sound is very much alive and with great sustain. The Alhambra CS1CW features a solid cedar top German sapelli body and fingerboard of Solid Indian Rosewood. Electrification from Fishman can optionally be incorporated.

TOP: Solid German Spruce or Solid Red Cedar
SIDES & BACK: Solid Mahogany
NECK: Mahogany
FINGERBOARD: Indian Rosewood
MACHINE HEADS: Gold Plated

ALHAMBRA CS3CW E2

Alhambra CS3CW Front

 The Alhambra CS3CW E2 Electro-classical Guitar. Alhambra Crossover is a new concept that combines features from classical guitar and from acoustic guitars in an instrument of great sound and great convenience. All Alhambra Crossover Series guitars incorporate  cutaway for easy access to the upper frets of the guitar. The neck of the Crossover is narrower than that of a classical and the fingerboard is curved instead of plane. It is especially recommended for acoustic or electric guitarists accustomed to a narrower neck who want to experience the sound of a great classical guitar. The sound is very much alive and with great sustain. The Alhambra CS3CW features a solid cedar top German indian rosewood body and fingerboard of ebony. Electrification from Fishman.

TOP

Solid German Spruce or Solid Red Cedar

SIDES & BACK

Solid Indian Rosewood

NECK

Mahogany

FINGERBOARD

Ebony

MACHINE HEADS

Luxury Gold Plated

 

CAMPS CW1

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The guitar Camps CW1 from Camps guitars is a professional yet affordable electro classical guitar and cutaway with a Crossover attitude made in Spain with select woods. Guitar innovatively designed with the aim to facilitate the transition from steel strings guitars to nylon strings guitars. It is by means of adapting the ergonomics to those who are used to electrical or acoustic fingerboards. The neck is narrower and the fingerboard is slightly radius. This contributes to a better easy action. The size of the body is slightly smaller and the scale length is shorter.
This guitar offers high versatility and flexibility. It makes easy to play a width range of styles, but with the added value of nylon string comfort and sound. 

Top Solid cedar (C)

Back and Sides Ciricote

Fingerboard Rosewood

Neck Cedar

Bridge Rosewood

Nut 48 mm

Distance between 1st and 6th 55 mm

Scale length 636 mm

Case deep at the heel 85 mm

Case deep at the bottom 90 mm

Bone Saddle No

Bone Nut Yes

Finish Mat

Pick Guard No

Truss Rod Yes

Electronics Fishman Classic III

These guitars are hand made in Spain and like their counterparts, you can choose the soundboard in cedar or spruce. You can even choose a “narrow body” for some of them. If you want to see all the options and the latest prices you can press the links or visit www.guitarfromspain.com

If you want to hear a Crossover in action, watch the following video laid on You Tube by an amateur:

 

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