A solid cedar top and mahogany body give this beauty singing tone.
The La Patrie Concert Classical Guitar has a solid cedar top and solid mahogany back and sides. Also features mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, gold "lyra" style tuners with pearloid buttons, and semi-gloss satin finish. The Concert guitar is La Patrie's top-of-the-line of the mahogany/cedar models. The Concert receives eight coats of lacquer that are buffed down to a highly responsive high gloss finish. This special process takes eight days to complete.
800-Year Old Trees
All LaPatrie guitars feature solid cedar tops. The wood used in these tops can be found only in cedar trees that have an average age of about 800 years. The tight, straight grain in this wood makes it strong in the direction of the string tension while at the same time flexible across the grain lines. It is this combination of rigidity and flexibility that give the guitar top its resonance. The vibration of the guitar top is the most crucial element of its sound.
LaPatrie guitars are finished with a special lacquer formula. This finish is light enough to allow the wood to breath and vibrate freely. The tops resonating capacity actually improves as the guitar is played over an extended period of time. This gradual improvement in the response of the top is often referred to as "aging". Poly finishes inhibit top vibration and are therefore never used on LaPatrie guitars. Many other guitars use a thick plastic finish that smothers top vibration and prevents the benefits of aging.
Classics that are comfortable to play
Classical guitars of the past have typically been made with thick neck dimensions, while this promoted a certain amount of neck stability, it often made certain playing aspects difficult to execute. It is for this reason that special attention was directed to the neck design of the LaPatrie guitars. Neck width and string spacing conform to classical standards, but a new truss rod system allows the profile of the neck to be reduced producing a neck of extraordinary comfort, while increasing stability. The LaPatrie necks are carved from Honduras mahogany. All LaPatrie models feature a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Case sold separately.
- Top: Solid Cedar
- Back & sides: Solid mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Nut width: 2-3/32"
- Bridge: Rosewood with compensated saddle
- Scale Length: 25-1/2"
- Tuners: gold "lyra" style with pearloid buttons
- Finish: Satin
- Case sold separately
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Comments about La Patrie Concert Classical Guitar:
I purchased this guitar after many months of visiting music stores and feeling out various makes of nylon string guitars. In the $300 - $400 price range there was a pretty poor selection especially regarding tone. I searched online and became interested in LaPatrie Guitars mainly because they seemed sincere, humble and dedicated to their craft. The mention of 800 year old spruce wood really intrigued me. Without ever actually handling one, I took a leap of faith and ordered the Concert model. I was not dissapointed. It is a beautiful guitar with the most comfortable neck I have ever played in 35 years of experience. The quality of the guitar is impressive and it sounds like a much more expensive instrument. The construction is sturdy and flawless. The solid cedar top smells wonderful when you are holding the guitar. I e-mailed their support center with a few questions and got very helpful, friendly responses. I recomend this guitar very highly to anyone on a budget that desires a quality made guitar that you can be proud of and sounds great too. I LOVE my LaPatrie