Startone CG-851 4/4 Red

Classical Guitar

  • Size: 4/4
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • 19 Frets
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Nut width: 52 mm
  • Black body binding
  • Total length: 99.06 cm
  • Nylon strings
  • Colour: Red
  • Matching gig bag: Article number 145669 (not included)
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Cutaway No
Top Basswood
Back and Sides Basswood
Pickups No
Fretboard Maple
Nut width in mm 52,00 mm
Scale 650 mm
Colour Red
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Very useable, built to a price, with little to complain about

T. Escobedo, 25.08.2018
I've been wanting a nylon string guitar for several years since my old Spanish made one disappeared mysteriously. However, I am not a classical player, and there was no need for an exquisite instrument. Something simple and inexpensive would do. When I saw the Startone, it looked like it would fit my needs, inexpensive, full sized, something I would not worry about lending out or getting stolen. Along with another instrument, it took less than 10 days to reach my California doorstep. Opening the box and inspecting, it looks exactly what I was expecting. While unsurprisingly not in tune, it is well enough set up that a beginner could simply tune it up and play. Painted classical guitars are unusual, and bright red even moreso. But its novelty is something I can appreciate. The paint seems to have a transparent top coat sprayed on, presumably to provide a little extra protection and some sheen. The guitar's "binding" is just contrasting paint colors. The rosette is a decal that simulates some kind of shell inlay with a kind of "spectrum tape" like material. It's novelty makes me smile, and I appreciate they used a decal to simulate shell rather than a Spanish -style mosaic, which seems more common for such inexpensive classical guitars. The tuners are adequate. So far, the strings also are adequate. It took about a week for the strings to really settle in and stabilize, and now seem to be holding their tuning well.

On the downside, one can see some minor flaws in the wood under the paint. Small dings or chips. But they are small enough to not be a distraction, though, and certainly are not a threat to the instrument's structural integrity. There are some areas, such as inside corners, where it appears the clear top coat has not adhered as well to the underlying paint, and seems to have lifted up. Furthermore, a portion of the 8th fret seems to sit a little bit high around the area of the A and D strings, so that playing notes at the 6th and 7th frets of those strings will buzz a little bit. I'll eventually level it out when it becomes an annoyance, but for the time being it's tolerable. Lastly, not really a criticism, while I like the novelty of the painted finish, I think I would like even more the novelty of an identical instrument with a totally clear finish. No paint or even stains of any kind. Simply a clear coat. I think it would be nice to have a clear finished low end instrument, not pretending to be traditional woods with stains, or ashamed by hiding with paint. Just the light colored natural wood color that the instrument is made out of with no pretensions.

Overall, I think quite highly of the instrument when considering the price. It would be unfair to judge it compared with a more esteemed brand made from solid traditional woods. On its own merit, it's a perfectly acceptable, and possibly even preferable instrument.
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Good guitar

29.01.2017
The guitar was thought of as a gift and the recipient is completely satisfied :)
The guitar looks good and is well processed! Above all, I am thrilled by the color ... really makes it!
Sound is naturally better but to practice and play between you is for the price best suited!
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Colour: Red
Startone CG-851 4/4 Red
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Startone CG-851 4/4 Red

Classical Guitar Size: 4/4, Body: Basswood, Neck: Nato, Fretboard: Maple, 19 Frets, Scale: 650 mm, Nut width: 52 mm, Black body binding, Total length: 99.06 cm, Nylon strings, Colour: Red, Matching...

  • Cutaway: No
  • Top: Basswood
  • Back and Sides: Basswood
  • Pickups: No
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Nut width in mm: 52,00 mm
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Colour: Red
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
Startone CG-851 4/4 Blue
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Startone CG-851 4/4 Blue

Classical Guitar Size: 4/4, Body: Basswood, Neck: Nato, Fretboard: Maple, 19 Frets, Scale: 650 mm, Nut width: 52 mm, Black body binding, Total length: 99.06 cm, Nylon strings, Colour: Blue,...

  • Cutaway: No
  • Top: Basswood
  • Back and Sides: Basswood
  • Pickups: No
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Nut width in mm: 52,00 mm
  • Scale: 650 mm
  • Colour: Blue
  • Case: No
  • Incl. Gigbag: No
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