Hi Nicholas, I hope all is well. You might remember I bought a Hanika KF from you some years ago, a great recommendation from you and I play it most days. I sometimes want something with a little more resonance but still ‘flamenco’ if that makes any sense, and I like the demos of the Yamaha (I realise the miking of the recordings has a lot to do with it).Regards
I guess if its on your site then its better than ‘OK’! or would I be better looking at something else?
Yes, I see you bought the Hanika KF in 2015. Good to hear it gets a daily outing!
it is always a little difficult to know how others hear and describe the tone or quality of sound of a guitar so your “resonance” might not be mine and vica versa. I’ll do my best though.
I do think the Yamaha is a very good starter flamenco guitar. However, to my ear, I would say it has less resonance than the Hanika you have already.
If you were looking for something which had some of the Flamenco crispness of tone but a little more sustain and a slightly more complex tonal quality, I would suggest looking at a guitar with a slightly deeper body but with a maple back and sides.
The following are possibilities –
You might want to think about the string action with these guitars; they are not normally set up nearly as low as a flamenco guitar but this could be done on request.
Another alternative would be to consider the Hanika Flamenco ZF. This has the traditional flamenco woods – spruce and cypress (compared with the spruce and cherry of your Hanika Flamenco KF) – but it has a lattice soundboard.
I hope this helps a little. Feel free to give me a call to talk about it. The links above are all to our other, newer site “Hanika Guitars UK” which we run alongside the updated version of Classical Guitars Plus.