Stafford Guitars was my choice when ordering a new Carrillo guitar while stateside, and I have to say, they exceeded all my expectations and I'm very happy with my experience of this transaction. I was not familiar with the process of importing guitars, there was a permit involved and I had no idea where to go and how to do it, but Sandra was excellent at providing exactly the information I needed and how to fill the forms.

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Dear Adrian,

I bought this guitar from you in March and would just like to say what a wonderful instrument it is. Having previously only played student guitars I was amazed at the difference this makes to my playing. It is a joy to play this guitar and really makes me want to pick it up.

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Hi Adrian,

Sorry I am sending my comments via this mail.
The guitar is now evolving at a surprising fast rate and every day is a discovery trip through much Variety of sounds. The guitar demand very strong playing all along the Finger board then there is an array of colours available.
I am very satisfied with the choice of the Bernabe Especial which respond to my expectations.
Thanks to everybody at STAFFORD GUITARS.
I will keep in touch to give news of the evolution of the guitar.
Best wishes to Adrian, Selina and Sandra.

Hello Adrian
I am most delighted with the arrival of Shirley. You have surpassed yourself in spite of all the troubles encountered with the shipping company during Shirley's journey. Shirley sounds sublime. Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the US, and there is ample reason enough for me to give thanks. I could wax poetic about Shirley's beauty, the enchanting scent of the oil and the woods, her melodious voice. You will forgive me if I do not. I have to spend some quality time with her. I am looking forward to years of reciprocated bliss.
Bravo, bravissimo to you and Kevin (Aram).
Best wishes,
Frantz

Hi Adrian

I would just like to thank you for all your helpful advice yesterday in choosing my guitar.

I am absolutely thrilled with it and I just hope my guitar playing will improve over time so that I can do it justice and maybe begin to tap into it's true potential. I am so glad I chose to come to you, I think if I had gone to a shop I would not have got such individual attention or expertise in matching me up with a guitar that I will grow into.

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Hi Adrian Many thanks for asking for my comments on the Bernabe Especial.

At the price point of this guitar there is a vast choice of superb handmade instruments both new and used available. Guitars from British, German, Italian, Spanish luthiers and more. I knew that the sound I wanted was that of a "Spanish" guitar. I already owned a Bernabe M10 - so I was looking for that type of sound. However, I decided I would try a range of instruments. Of course Stafford guitar made this task much easier, and my previous experience with the M10 made this part of the purchase very easy.

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Hello.

I've just received the guitar so just letting you know. Having just taken it out of the case my first impression is that it is a beautiful guitar and im very glad a bought it. It is definitely very impressive compared with other guitars of similar and higher prices. It sounds much better than my existing Alhambra!
Thanks for sending it out so quickly.
Michael

Not being a very proficient or experienced classical guitarist, rather than trying to give a review in those terms, I’d like to recount my experience of my visit to Stafford Classical Guitar Centre. When time came to retire my 40 year old Vicente Sanchis, I was advised to visit Stafford Classical Guitar Centre. I am no Paco de Lucia but although I play simply, I am fussy about my instrument and the sound it projects. Adrian’s extensive knowledge and experience was of immense value to me.

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Hi all at Stafford Guitar, 
Just like to say how much l've been enjoying  my Contreras.  Since receiving it I have not touched my other guitars! (One of which is a Benedetto).  I have set myself the goal of learning tremolo and l am getting there! 
Out of interest and for my reference do you know the brand of strings that the guitar came with?  Are there any brands you would particularly recommend for a typically 'Spanish sound'? 
Best Wishes
Damian

Thanks so much Adrian & Selina!

I really value the candid, careful expert advice provided by you both for my purchase of a quality Alhambra guitar. I have just placed my order with SagePay for the 9P Spruce top. Congrats on the website too-It is very easy to get key information and some pretty useful insights into each Alhambra guitar model but the reviews and your follow-up emails helped me navigate the “select-at-a- distance” challenges. With your comments on the three guitars you examined more closely, I’ll have to admit to a tiny hinge of regret that the 9p cedar top didn’t seem to match the character I was after.

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Greetings from Downunder, Let me state at the outset, I do not get the opportunity to write this type of email at all. The reason is very simple …………… the world has forgotten or is forgetting about a little thing called customer service, fairness, building trust etc. and retailers care little about their customers.

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Hello Adrian,

well I think this is a really lovely guitar --- splendid wood patterns, beautifully made and finished with lots of really painstaking and stylish touches and ornamentation. Such a high standard of build.

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Hi Adrian,

Sandra said you may be interested in some feedback on the Savarez nail kit – here is my experience so far: You need a little patience when removing the backing from the silk and of course, you are applying it with your weaker hand (unless you are ambidextrous). That being said, the kit was not too tricky to apply and the glue cures very quickly.

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Hello Sandra,

J M Villaplana 1982 guitar arrived safe and sound. The woods, quality and craftsmanship, and the rich depth of sound are, at the moment, beyond adequate description. Am I pleased I made the decision to buy this instrument before "it went!" Your telephone description during our pre-order conversation, was the deciding factor. For that, my very sincere thanks. Again, it has been a pleasure ordering from Stafford Classical Guitar.
My regards to you all.
David

Hi Adrian,

A quick note to tell you that the 5P I picked up this morning is now fully commissioned and giving me lots of pleasure to play. The response and clarity are so much better than my previous instrument and I have difficulty in ending practice sessions. Sandra reminded me that with playing, the sound will improve even more over time. Many thanks again to Sandra for her guidance through the labyrinth leading to the most appropriate instrument for me.

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