Saers Guitar A50 Classical Guitar Review – It was my pleasure to test out and add the Saers A50 to my instrument family. This is an excellent choice of instrument at an affordable price point for students and players who need an guitar capable of the musicality and response of the modern player. Saers Guitar have a number of lattice braced models at various prices and upper level guitars with doubletops so check out their website to see the full product line. They also have replica lines of Torres, Hauser, Fleta and Ramirez that are all fully french polished and built with exact specs as the originals.
Saers Guitar Info – Learn more about their guitars at the Saers Guitar Website or see a list of international Saers dealers. North Americans can purchase guitars by contacting Danche Guitars or visiting their Reverb page. Feel free to contact me as well to ask any questions.
Saers Guitar A50 (Summary) – The Saers Guitar A50 is an excellent guitar for the student or player looking for a instrument at this price point. Nice tone quality with the more open sound of a lattice braced guitar along with good responsiveness and volume is very welcome at this price. The excellent right hand response on the A50 ensures you can bring out musical lines and create a balanced musical texture with ease. Modern features such as the lattice bracing, 12 hole bridge, and high C bring the guitar into the modern market but it maintains a nice sustain and tone with the solid cedar or spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. The Saers A50 gets my top recommendation for a guitar at this price point.
Saers Guitar A50 Specs
- Soundboard: Solid Cedar (also available as in Spruce)
- Back and Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
- 650mm Scale Length, 52mm Nut
- Neck: African Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Bracing: Lattice
- Truss rod
- Finish: High Gloss PU
- Case: Saers Guitar Hardshell Case
- Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (2023): $1,289.00
Workmanship – The workmanship is excellent. The guitar I received was flawless and clean both inside and out. The guitar also came to me nicely setup in terms of action. In this price range I appreciate the truss rod as it does seem to ensure quality and consistency in the setup. The tuners were quite nice and functioned well.
Tone – A very pleasant tone with clear and tight basses and round trebles. The clarity versus sweetness of the tone is nicely balanced. I really appreciate clarity so for a guitar in this price range I’m impressed.
Volume/Projection – Good. Full sounding but also clear. The trebles will benefit from a string that projects well to give it some extra ability to cut through but compared to many guitars in the $1000-2000 range I’d say this performs above average.
Playability – Very good. Easy to play and due to the responsiveness of the lattice bracing I was able to bring out whatever voice in the music I needed regardless of which string was needed.
Balance & Responsiveness – For this price the balance is good. Since this guitar has excellent responsiveness (the ability to bring notes out with the right hand) the balance of musical textures was easy to accomplish. The trebles could maybe pop a bit more but that is more of a comparison to the $6000+ guitar so is an unfair comparison. With the right strings and some time with the instrument you can create the balance you are looking for.
No raised fingerboard – Most, if not all guitars in this price range don’t have a elevated fingerboard so this is not a criticism. That said, I think most raised fingerboards on lower priced guitars usually end up not being very helpful. For example, the fingerboard on the Cordoba C12 is really not very raised at all offering only a little benefit to the player but probably raising the price of the instrument by a fair amount. I found playing beyond the 12th fret on the A50 plenty easy and I think it likely keeps the cost of the instrument more affordable. So, it’s probably a good choice here to keep it traditional and deliver the goods elsewhere.
This will be a popular guitar – I’m super interested in guitars in this price range. Professional concert level instruments can range from $5000-$15000 give or take which is an impossible jump for many students and even experienced hobbyists. Luckily, even compared to 20 years ago, students and players have way more options now to buy an instrument that will allow them to make good music and not get left behind when playing next to a more expensive guitar. Top marks for the price.
Here’s the YouTube review link if you want to watch it there.