The GNFLE is a standard in Giannini's long tradition of making classical instruments. One of the first cutaway classical guitars ever designed, it provides a great feel and easy access to the upper fr... Click To Read More About This Product
The GNFLE is a standard in Giannini's long tradition of making classical instruments. One of the first cutaway classical guitars ever designed, it provides a great feel and easy access to the upper frets for easy playability. Cedar wood is the perfect complement to a classical instrument. The flexability of having the built-in EQ and tuner built inside the instrument makes it extremely practical in either an acoustically enviornment or a live setting. This classical instrument is a "classic" you should consider too.
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Comments about Giannini GNFLE CEQ N Cutaway Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I'm going to give this guitar a really great review, but with a caveat about one way the advertised specs were incorrect on the one I received, so if you want to see the caveat first, scroll down. But this is such a nice guitar for the money I thought I should put the good stuff first, especially since the "caveat" may not matter to most people. Also, GC's site had 0 reviews on this guitar until I wrote this one, so it may be a little long to try to give you as much to go on as I can.
This is a whole, whole lot of guitar for the money. It projects well and sounds nice and rich. All of that great sound is despite the plastic nut and saddle. Don't worry about them making it sound cheap. Acoustically, it's really nice, and my friend said it sounded better than a $570 classical he just bought. I think he likes his a little better plugged in, but he didn't have anything bad to say about the plugged in sound of this one. Just took him longer to figure out how to eliminate some feedback and I think probably didn't sound quite as outstanding to him as his new one through an amp, but then the plugged in sound was what sold him on his Yamaha NTX700. Also, in fairness about the feedback, he was sitting right in front of and facing the amp, close enough to reach out and adjust the knobs, so it's not as if this Giannini had some peculiar feedback problem, and he got it eliminated. He said this Giannini was about 60% to 70% as good a guitar as an $800 one we had just played at GC, but only cost one fourth as much, so you do the math. He also said he would take this guitar to any gig and not be embarrassed, and he is very particular about how he sounds in public, so that meant a lot to me.
Let me tell you a little about this "friend" I keep mentioning so you'll know why I'm giving you his opinion. He has played most of his life—played in a locally "famous" band when he was younger and plays in one now, and has performed publicly alone and in a duo. More than that, he used to work as a luthier in a local music shop and has worked as the sound technician at events in auditoriums and other venues. And even more than that, he has that "ear," you know what I mean? He just hears pitch, tone, timbre and intonation in a way many don't, and is very particular about it and gets a sort of "fingernails on the blackboard" cringe when it's wrong. So I think his approval of this guitar is worth a lot.
One other thing to mention: the sound hole diameter is only 3-5/16". Many steel strings have a 4" sound hole, so if you buy a soundhole cover/feedback buster (or some humidifiers that cover the sound hole,) you'll need a small one. Cordoba makes one that is 86mm (3.386".) The 3-5/16" I measured on the Giannini's sound hole converts to 3.3125", so I'm gonna order one of the Cordoba sound hole covers and hope my 3-5/16" measurement was a little bit off.
So if you're looking for an inexpensive acoustic electric classical that doesn't sound inexpensive, I would say this is definitely it.
I have put some measurements below, if you're interested, just because I couldn't find them anywhere before I bought.
CAVEAT: Now for that caveat I mentioned. The nut on the one I received is not 48mm (1.89") as Giannini's specs say. It is 50mm (1.968".) The reason that was important to me was I had decided I wanted a nylon string guitar that was a "hybrid" (like the Alvarez AC65HCE) or "fusion" (like the Cordoba Fusion 12.) These guitars are narrower in the neck and are supposed to feel not as wide and bulky as a traditional classical, a little more like playing a steel string guitar that just happens to have nylon strings and sound like a classical, and is easier to transition to for folks that are used to playing steel string acoustics, even though they, too, are wider than steel strings. My steel string has a 1-5/8" nut. Classicals have to be a little wider because the nylon strings vibrate through a wider arc than steel strings. Anyway, the hybrid or fusion models I mentioned have a 48mm nut, so I did a lot of research to find a 48mm neck. I thought this Giannini would be perfect because, unlike the Alvarez, which has 14, the Giannini only has 12 frets to the body, and the Cordoba Fusion 12 has 12 to the body but is a lot more expensive. After a day and a half of clicking on and finding the specs for nut width on all the classicals GC had on their site, I found the Giannini. Then when I got it, it was really 50mm, not 48.This Giannini is harder for me to play an F chord on than some true 48mm nut hybrid classicals I've been able to try. (I play an F by just putting my index finger over the B and E strings, instead of barring the first fret.) I played my friend's new Yamaha NTX700 (with a 48mm nut) and didn't seem to have as much of a problem with that. Look at the measurements below and you'll see that the distance between the B and E strings is only 1/16" wider on the Giannini than on my steel string, so I guess it would be even less of a difference between this Giannini and a true 48mm nut guitar, but somehow it seems to matter. Probably just my bad technique, but I've learned over time that anything that is a little uncomfortable to me decreases my gusto for practicing.
So, this is not a hybrid or fusion classical. Giannini does not call it one, so they didn't really mislead in that regard, but the 48mm nut width they advertise is not true on the one I got. If you're looking for a classical it's not an issue for you. If you're looking for a fusion, I don't know what to tell you except what I already have.
Here are some measurements I made on the Giannini:
Nut width 50mm (1-31/32" or 1.968")
1st fret length 1-13/32" (same as my steel string) (by length I mean distance along the neck from nut to first fret bar)
first 4 frets length 5-1/4" (same as my steel string) (this is length along neck from nut to 4th fret bar)
width of all 6 strings 1-21/32" (this is E string to E string at the nut)
B string to E string 5/16" (distance between bottom two strings near nut, on my steel string it's 1/4")
sound hole 3-5/16" diameter
nut to body on top 12-3/4" (this is how much of the scale sticks out of the body on top, where there's no cutaway)
overall length 39" or so, not counting the strap knob on the guitar's butt
body length 19" or so, not counting the strap knob
neck + head 20"
lower bout width 14-7/16"
upper bout width 11"
body depth 3-1/2" or so, slightly less toward neck
Summary: Fantastic acoustic/electric classical at twice the price, but not a fusion or hybrid. Nut is 50mm, not 48mm. Would definitely recommend to others IF you're not after a hybrid.
Comments about Giannini GNFLE CEQ N Cutaway Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I already have a nice Classical Guitar and purchased this a a more casual guitar to play. I didn't want the Wide Classical neck and bought this based on the Nut Width and Piezo Pickup. Unfortunately as stated in the first review the nut is not 48mm but 50mm (Closer to the standard Wide neck than a Hybrid style guitar)
Problems I had with this guitar:
Wrong Color(Not Red Cedar but a light brown Finish)
Poorly filed Nut (The nut was a big block and the "G" slot was filed badly creating the notes to be Sharp on the "G" string across the Fretboard)
Sound hole had Splintered wood in the opening and a portion that was not finished
The Piezo Pickup was actually a Transducer disc Pick up which after playing for a few minutes came off the soundboard and dangled within the body
The Amplified Sound was boomy and prone to feedback
And even with all these issues I was still considering keeping this guitar for the following Reasons
Acoustically it sounded pretty good for a budget Thinline Classical Guitar
The Tuners were good and held tuning
The neck had a great feel
The frets were Polished, smooth and did not have any sharp edges (Aside from the "G" string intonation was spot on)
Body Size and comfort was perfect for sitting and playing
Still gets 3 stars but Too many Quality Issues with this Guitar ( I returned it to the GC Store the next Day)
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