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Guild GAD-C3 Flamenco Negra Guitar   

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The guild GAD-C3 Flamenco Negra guitar has a solid American Sitka top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, bone nut, bone compensated saddle, one-...Read More

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An excellent nylon-string for gypsy jazz, flamenco, and other world music.

The guild GAD-C3 Flamenco Negra guitar has a solid American Sitka top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, bone nut, bone compensated saddle, one-piece mahogany neck, all wood binding and multicolored purfling, ebony fingerboard, rosewood bridge, 52 mm nut width, and 650 mm scale length


GAD-C3 Flamenco Negra Guitar

  • Model Name: GAD-C3
    Category: Guild Acoustic Design Series Classical
    Body Style: Hauser Classical shape
    Top: Solid AAA Sitka Spruce Cedar
    Bracing: Special Guild Classical Spruce
    Back: Solid AAA Indian Rosewood
    Sides: Solid AAA Indian Rosewood
    Bridge: Indian Rosewood with Compensating Bone Saddle
    Neck: One-Piece Mahogany witt Rosewood Insert
    Fretboard: Ebony (Flat Radius)
    Width at Nut: 2" (52 mm)
    No. of Frets: 18
    Scale Length: 25.59" (650 mm)
    Hardware: Chrome
    Machine Heads: Guide Special 3-in-line Tuners with Black Buttons
    Finish: High Gloss (Polyurethane)
    Neck Joint: Dovetail
    Binding: Wood Body
    Purfling: Wood
    Rosette: Wood Mosaic
    Side Dot Position Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl
    Nut: Bone
    Saddle: Bone
    Headcap: Rosewood
    Case: Deluxe Hardshell Case
    Strings: D'Addario .016 to .054
    Introduced: 1/2007

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A rare and great find

By aznfish

from Tucson

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I purchased this guitar on Craig's and I truly love it. The string spacing at the nut is tighter/closer than a typical traditional classical guitar lending it the feel of a nylon hybrid/crossover guitar but with a flat radius fret board. The neck is straight, the woods are gracefully aging, and it's a Guild. Never-ever thought I would own/play another Guild. The last Guild I owned/played (around 40 years ago) was a 12 string and it played like butter. This guitar plays like a typical classical guitar. The intonation is right-on - nice harmonics and resonance. This does not sound like a 30 year old Takamine Hirade or other premium classical guitar but it's VERY playable and sounds good enough for jazz or classical. In the traditional sense this is not a flamenco or a classical guitar - it's Guilds nylon string guitar with a classical guitar look - given the right (nylon) strings it would fit almost any players needs (unless you have Trump hands ). Sorry about the comment but it is convention night in Ohio!

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Guild: GAD-C3 Flamenco Negra Guitar

By Tim Mann

from South Western Colorado

Plays well ... Sounds Great ... Can't wait for this wonderful combination of materials to mellow with age and look forward to many years of enjoyment!
It came nicely setup right out of the box.
Materials and execution of construction were excellent.
At the sale price of: $720.00 +/- it was an exceptional buy!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Not a real flamenco guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I was disappointed with the guitar since I play flamenco. I wanted a negra which sound more powerful than my cypress flamenco guitar. This guitar is very nice looking and well made. HOWEVER, why did they call it a flamenco guitar. The action is much too high. The sound is classical. They even left off the tap plate (golpeador) that all flamencos must have to prevent damaging the guitar when you do "golpe" or tapping with the ring finger on the sound board. This is a great value for the money if you play folk, classical, or anything but flamenco, but I do not feel this should be called a flamenco guitar.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Guild GAD-C3

By Steve Norris

from Kingsport, TN

I've played classical guitar for a lot of years. I own guitars worth int the $10,000 range. I needed an inexpensive classical for some road work, so I bought the Guild GAD-C3. Boy was I shocked. This guitar is simply amazing. Fit and finish is excellent. Looks awesome. Feels great. What has simply blown me away is the sound. Granted, the first thing I had to do is replace the awful strings that come on it with some Savarez... but since then, I find myself playing the Guild over guitars worth 5 times more. This is absolutely the most awesome guitar for the buck that I have found. Highly recommended even to the professional classical musician!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Guild GAD-C3 Flamenco Negra Guitar

By Jensjams

from Orange County, CA

I have always believed you get what you pay for. Quality means everything to me. I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to traditional classical or flamenco guitars. Spanish made is the first rule that comes to mind. Namely, Jose Ramirez...and luthiers in that league. However, price does not always equal perfection (in tone). And, Spanish made is not necessarily the only way you can get the tone you desire. I purchased a Guild GAD-C3 Flamenco Negra Guitar and was pleasantly surprised. Guild classicals? Since when? I found out that the Guild classicals were hailed as some of the very best U.S. made guitars in the early 60's, finely crafted, great tone and playability. Recently, these guitars were reintroduced, and made with the same high quality standards. A beautiful Spruce top, Rosewood back and sides, and mahogany fingerboard. Satin finish neck, simple yet gorgeous binding, rosette and inlays make this guitar beautiful to look at. The tone is crisp, sweet, responsive. The action and intonation is perfect and the guitar is superbly built. Guitars in the same price range are often made of laminate, and lesser materials. With Guild, you get a high quality, select wood guitar, that will provide years of quality and tone. I can tell this guitar will sound better and better with age. And when they ask, what kind of guitar is that? I will proudly say it's a Guild.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Not a flamenco guitar

By Tiger23

from Austin, TX

This guitar is not a bad instrument, its just not a flamenco guitar. It has no tap plates and is basically the same in sound and construction measurements as my current classical guitar. It has the same sustain and very high action of my classical. Not to mention it is also built in China. It is visually beautiful for the price and should be marketed for the classical genre. It's like Guild just decided to sell a classical guitar and label it as a flamenco negra.

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