It has been a very interesting and progressive 2011 for me. I started it by aquiring a Kala ukulele as a refreshing change from my long and jaded struggles in classical guitar, then quickly moving up to a wonderful Kanilea K2 Tenor......
but those 6 strings are where my heart is so it was just a dream come true to get hold of the awesome Kanilea GL6 guitarlele, a perfect responsive and resonant little beauty - as clear and sweet as a bell. As it is tuned up to A some tunes really sound great while others will sound more natural in the more usual guitar tuning of E so I started looking for a guitar equivalent.
Then last week after a long search I bought this Aria A19C 200N. It is a small body 'parlor' guitar which replicates the style from the early 19th Century romantic guitar era. It comes from the newish world of hand finished Chinese makers and has a top specification of solid spruce top and solid rosewood back and sides. A 63cm scale makes it a little smaller all round than a full size classical, and the small body is just what I wanted for comfortable play. There were a couple of hitches with some 'buzzing' that I quickly fixed and I'm really happy with how it sounds.
It has a set of Aquila Alabastro strings on at the moment, till I get some Savarez Corums, then the Aquilas can go onto the GL6.
Here is a video example for you all.
Cheers and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, Ken.