The Alhambra Crossover series bridges the gap between traditional and modern with features such as a slimmer body, thinner neck, lower action, cutaway and Fishman electronics. The CS-3 has a solid red cedar top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard and gold plated machine heads. RR$2950
Posted by Terry on 18th Apr 2011
Ordered from Concept Music in Perth on Wednesday afternoon and received it in Sydney on Friday afternoon. Fast delivery.
The Alhambra is number 12 in my collection. I have 3 steel string accoustics and 1 classical, the rest being electrics. The Alhambra is pure quality. It looks beautiful and even with the cutaway, cavity pre-amp, and 100mm body depth, it has tone, volume and timbre that just drips off the strings. I went for the cedar top, wanting a warm and mellow sound and the Alhambra delivers. The majority of my guitars are somewhat expensive though I have a few less expensive instruments and the Alhambra reinstates that there is no substitue for quality.
The neck, as you would suspect if you are reading this review, has the shape and feel of a normal accoustic, making barre chords easier to achieve than on a classical. And switching from an accoustic to this neck is no issue for fingerpicking. The frets are well finished and neck position markers are side-dots at position 3, 5, 7, and 9. Oddly, there is no marker at fret 12, but since the beck joins the body at fret 12 this is not really a problem.
I haven't played any other accoustic with amplification so I can't really comment on whether the Alhambra sounds good/bad/great or indifferent. When I plugged it in, it sounded the same but louder so I suppose that is the best you can hope for. The Fishman electronic let you tinker with the EQ and I will no doubt tinker in due time.
Bottom line, a beautiful looking, great feeling, lovely sounding, easy playing quality instrument.
Posted by S P, Perth on 7th Jul 2010
The Crossover plays like silk. The neck is so comfortable to a non classical player, or someone with smaller hands. The sound unplugged matches any nylon I have played, but it's when you plug this into a good quality acoustic amp that you realise how good this instrument is. It is beautifully made and finished too. Wow!
Posted by Pat on 6th Jul 2010
I've played a few classical guitars in my 20 years of playing and the Alhambra Crossover is on top of my list at the moment! Really warm, clear tone and super comfy neck.