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Fiesta FC Classical Guitar

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The Fiesta FC Classical Guitar features a solid red cedar top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. The guitar's Honduran cedar neck, Indian rosewood bridge, dovetail neck joint, and bone nut and ... Read More

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Overview

The Fiesta FC Classical Guitar features a solid red cedar top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. The guitar's Honduran cedar neck, Indian rosewood bridge, dovetail neck joint, and bone nut and saddle lend this Kremona guitar high-quality features and beautiful classical tone. Handcrafted in Bulgaria. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Solid wood body construction
  • Wooden rosette and binding
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Model Name: FC, Fiesta
  • Top: Solid Red Cedar
  • Back: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Honduran Cedar
  • Width at Nut: 2.05" (52mm)
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25.6" (650mm)
  • Number of Frets: 19
  • Mahine Heads: Gebr. Van Gent, Gold Plated with Rosewood Buttons
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Colors: Natural
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Strings: Savarez Cristal Corum High Tension
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4.8

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Great Guitar for the Money

These Kremona guitars are made in Bulgaria by a company that has been making fine musical instruments for 100 years. This guitar is very impressive indeed, with excellent tone and sustain and phenomenal...Read complete review

These Kremona guitars are made in Bulgaria by a company that has been making fine musical instruments for 100 years. This guitar is very impressive indeed, with excellent tone and sustain and phenomenal volume, probably due to the solid Rosewood back and sides. The quality of workmanship is superb and it seems solid as a rock. There is no string buzz whatsoever and it plays beautifully. The Fiesta is comparable to guitars costing several times as much. Buy one before they're "discovered" and the price rises closer to it's real value.

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Sadly disappointed.

I want to preface this review by saying that Guitar Center was wonderful to deal with as usual. I had been researching this guitar since early last year and was impressed with the stellar...Read complete review

I want to preface this review by saying that Guitar Center was wonderful to deal with as usual. I had been researching this guitar since early last year and was impressed with the stellar reviews. I finally had sufficient funds to purchase the Fiesta FC and tried it at the store comparing it against a number of higher priced guitars. Unfortunately, the store was quite noisey that day so I couldn't hear as well as I did when I got home and played it. There was a pronounced buzz on the E,A,D,&G strings from the first to about eighth frets. I called the store and was told that they would call me when another Fiesta FC came in so I could exchange it. A month later I got the call and went to exchange the Fiesta. The second guitar had the same problem but only on the E,A&D strings. They then ordered me one to be sent directly to my house. The third guitar arrived in perfect condition. After letting it acclimate to the temperature and humidity in my house, I tried the guitar only to have the exact same problem with the buzz even on open strings. I took it to the store and had the tech look at it. He too seemed a little perplexed because everything looked right. I had a Classical guitar instructor try it and he heard even more buzz than my ears could detect. I e-mailed KremonaUSA and they said they weren't aware of this being a common problem. After thoughtful consideration, I decided to return the Fiesta and continue my search for another classical guitar. I was so dissappointed because the craftsmanship was beautiful and the sound so much richer than anything else anywhere near the same price range. I would have rated this guitar five stars if it had not been for this seemingly consistant flaw.

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5.0

Highly attractive package

By Jan Vigne

from Dallas, TX

After 47 years playing a low cost Yamaha classical, it was time to move on. I'm mostly a steel string player despite being a classical student way back when. Over the last few years I've played numerous nylon string guitars searching for the Yamaha's eventual replacement. I recently auditioned the Kremona line in a local GC and, despite the striking beauty of sound coming from the Solea model, settled on the Fiesta FC as being the best combination of price vs performance for my level of playing. Looking through GC's pre-owned pages I found a trade in Fiesta FC and had it sent to my local shop. This is an older model of the Fiesta with a label which reads "Orpheus Valley". After contacting Kremona and receiving a quick and courteous reply, I installed a set of Royal Classics Sonata strings (the current OEM strings for the Fiesta FC) and the guitar came to life. Dings and scrapes in the finish of the Fiesta were gently buffed out with Novus #2 (another Kremona recommendation) and touched up with new stain. The guitar still has a few scratches which are too deep to buff out but overall this is a very attractive guitar to look at. Tight, straight grained cedar shows through the (now) glossy top. Rosewood sides and back are richly hued and show the signs of attentive craftspeople at work. I can find no flaws in the construction of my Fiesta. After a good cleaning and moisturizing with lemon oil the fretboard is deep and dark in color and plays with ease. The Fiesta certainly looks more expensive than its retail price would suggest. The sound of the Fiesta is, as has been stated, full with a response tilted slightly toward the lowest four strings. It exhibits none of the artificial emphasis at the mid to treble range which is meant to make lesser models jump off the shelf in the demo room. The bass is solid and tuneful, not thumpy. This suggests the Kremona designer and builders paid attention to the smallest details of instrument construction. It is lively but not "fake classical" sounding. It plays as what is my ideal of nylon strings with aged cedar and rosewood sounds. The instrument is quite loud for its price range with attack and sustain which, IMO, cannot be duplicated anywhere near its price. Pulling musical colors and dynamics from the Fiesta is quite easily accomplished for even my meager talents. While not the lightest guitar available, the Fiesta fits nicely in your lap and settles into a comfort zone not found in any instrument less than twice its price. Scale length and nut width are perfect for mid to large sized hands. Young, aspiring players should find the Fiesta a particularly attractive instrument. Older hands should be quite comfortable with the Fiesta's choice of dimensions. While the more than twice as expensive Solea outshines the Fiesta FC, playing the Solea proved to me Kremona is quite capable of producing excellent instruments. The Fiesta FC proved they are equally capable at any price range. I chose the Fiesta over the less expensive models judging this instrument is very likely to last me another 47 years. Buying pre-owned and using a bit of my time to refurbish the guitar I now have an excellent player at a very nice price. I love playing this guitar! Having purchased several guitars through GC I knew if I hadn't been satisfied with the guitar, GC would stand behind their 30 day return policy and I would have simply stepped up to a new Fiesta. No need, after a few hours spent carefully tending to the Fiesta, there remains only one ding about the size of a pin head that reminds me of the guitar's history. Along side my Martins this instrument equals their quality and appearance. It inspires a player to want to pick up this marvelous guitar. IMO the Fiesta FC is well worth the asking price and then some. If you can find a Fiesta in the pre-owned pages, you'll have a guitar that cannot be touched for build or sound quality at anywhere near its price. A highly recommended guitar for all but those who intend to make classical guitar their career. For those talented folks, try the Solea before you spend on a more recognized name. The folks at Kremona/Orpheus Valley truly care about music.

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5.0

Amazing

By John Wallace

from Monroe, NC

This guitar is truly a work of art. Being in the market for a new classic, I visited Guitar Center in Matthews, NC. I played every classical in the store, including several different Cordobas and a couple of Rodriguez, thinking that Spanish was the way to go. The Kremona was the last one I tried. It was as though strobe lights went off! The tone and volume simply filled the room, literally causing some of the acoustics hanging nearby to resonate. So, I did some research on the company and their reputation: the guitar was great, but I wanted to know the people who built it. Rated among the top 10 Classical manufacturers in the world, not only does Kremona know the instrument, they also truly love their product, its founder finding solace in music during WWI, inspired to turn from weapons to beautiful instruments. An amazing company, an amazing instrument, and amazing sound.

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5.0

A true work of art

By John Wallace

from Monroe, NC

After testing Cordoba and Ramirez models, the Kremona FC literally jumped off the rack, overloaded the room with its tone and volume, and blew the others away. Having owned other Classicals, the Kremona Orpheus Fiesta FC is by far the most playable. But, beyond its beautiful solid wood body, there is a heart that aims at true beauty. The volume, tone, and touch sensitivity on this instrument is utterly heart-breaking it is so sweet. Thanks Kremona for a lifetime, world-class rated instrument! Thank you GC!

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2.0

Sadly disappointed.

By paul grzywinski

from Bristol CT

I want to preface this review by saying that Guitar Center was wonderful to deal with as usual. I had been researching this guitar since early last year and was impressed with the stellar reviews. I finally had sufficient funds to purchase the Fiesta FC and tried it at the store comparing it against a number of higher priced guitars. Unfortunately, the store was quite noisey that day so I couldn't hear as well as I did when I got home and played it. There was a pronounced buzz on the E,A,D,&G strings from the first to about eighth frets. I called the store and was told that they would call me when another Fiesta FC came in so I could exchange it. A month later I got the call and went to exchange the Fiesta. The second guitar had the same problem but only on the E,A&D strings. They then ordered me one to be sent directly to my house. The third guitar arrived in perfect condition. After letting it acclimate to the temperature and humidity in my house, I tried the guitar only to have the exact same problem with the buzz even on open strings. I took it to the store and had the tech look at it. He too seemed a little perplexed because everything looked right. I had a Classical guitar instructor try it and he heard even more buzz than my ears could detect. I e-mailed KremonaUSA and they said they weren't aware of this being a common problem. After thoughtful consideration, I decided to return the Fiesta and continue my search for another classical guitar. I was so dissappointed because the craftsmanship was beautiful and the sound so much richer than anything else anywhere near the same price range. I would have rated this guitar five stars if it had not been for this seemingly consistant flaw.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar and customer support from Kremona

By Dan Gietzen

from Breckenridge, CO

This is the first nylon string guitar I've owned. I chose it because it was within my price range and because it also received excellent reviews - both on the Guitar Center site as well as others that I Googled. More than one reviewer wrote that the guitar played and sounded comparable to, or better than, much more expensive, "higher end", classical guitars. So, based on my online research alone, I decided to give it a try. I've had the Fiesta FS for about 2 weeks now and I love it. The wood tones - in terms of both sound quality and visual aesthetics and craftsmanship - are lush and beautiful. Being new to classical guitar I had a list of questions - some basic and some more technically advanced. I emailed Kremona on their website and within a few hours they called me back on the phone. I spoke with Nick for about 30 minutes, who was very helpful and generous with his time. He was very patient and friendly and I could tell that he was very genuine in his interest to help me. I am very happy with my Kremona guitar as well as with my experience interacting with their great customer support staff.

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5.0

Unbelievable gem

By miriam ewaskio

from Dobbs Ferry

I recently bought this guitar for my son's 12th birthday.He's had an electric since age 8, but he wanted a classical too and he has been playing more since he recieved this gem. I spent time playing many guitars at GC, but this one beat many even twice its cost, or more. great resonance, long sustain, rich, mysterious overtones... feels like you're in the woods and you are... solid woods, top, sides and back!It is so beautiful to look at as well. You usually have to pay 1500 to 2000 for this quality.And they say solid woods get even better with time. My father was first generation Eukranian, so I have special feelings for countries which have gotten their freedom, which we have taken for granted for so long. So there is a double joy to bring these beautiful sounds to our home as well as to promote this Eastern European gem.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highest Quality - Great Price!

By wesley beemer

from 20008

I suggest you buy this guitar before the masses catch on and Kremona increases the price. The quality of the materials and workmanship are outstanding... it has a solid cedar top and rosewood back and sides for heaven's sake!! Look at the other guitars sold at around this price - most all of them have laminated back and sides. This guitar is built to last. It also has beautiful hardware and details. I spent about 2 months looking for the right guitar. My initial idea was to go with a Cordoba for around $500 or $600.. but I played this and knew it was a good investment. I also really like the fact that this guitar isn't made in China - we already buy enough from them. It's made in Bulgaria by a company that's been making high quality instruments since the 1924.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK!!! HANDS DOWN!!!

By Paul C

from NEW YORK

I went to GC almost 1 months ago to looking for a classical guitar. I tried guitars from cordoba and rodriguez because those are the brands that I am familiar with. The Rodriguez are very expensive and there are some that cost less than $1000 dollars but they are made in overseas and the sound is not good!. The Rodriguez sound that I like cost a ton! WAY BEYOND MY PRICE RANGE! then I tried the CORDOBA C9, which has a nice sound for much less. I almost bought it! until a sales rep entered the room bringing a CLASSICAL GUITAR fresh from the box! It was a Kremona Orpheus Valley FC. It doesn't have a price tag yet at that time. So after he hanged the guitar I immediately TRIED IT! And WOW!!!! I was BLOWN AWAY!!! Tone is Clear, Warm (cedar wood) and LOUD! The way I want it! and the FINISH whew! I said to myself This must cost A LOT maybe $2000!!! So after I played and enjoyed it. I asked the sales rep and said it's this price, Wow Really? Only? hahaha. I went out of the store a happy man with a Brand New Classical Guitar!!! BUY THIS GUITAR!!! You Will not be disappointed!!! Just be sure to check for some smudges (chalk like),I found some on mine on the headstock . It's no big deal, the SOUND is what's important to me! :-) P.S. There is a FIESTA FS version for those who wants the crisp sound of the SPRUCE wood.

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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

gorgeous sound, easy on hands

By Joe

from Alexandria, VA

I originally went in with the wife on my birthday to purchase a Classical to replace a wonderful instrument I'd picked up in Costa Del Sol in 1998 that had cracked. We were prepared to drop up to $1,500 on a new guitar, and I tried several other well-established brands of Spanish guitars that were quite a bit more expensive. None of them had the rich, deep but clean sound that this guitar had. Perhaps it's because my other guitar is a Martin Dreadnought. At any rate, the action on the neck is perfect, and it's beautifully made. No regrets.

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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!!

By Juno

from Houston, TX

I first bought a cordoba, but I decided to return it to get something else. I was playing all the guitars that were available and I had my eyes on this guitar and I had to have it... Even though it was pretty expensive for me, I convinced my dad to buy it for me and I LOVE THIS GUITAR. It sounds so beautiful. If anyone has any questions feel free to e mail me please

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