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Alhambra Guitars

The Alhambra Guitars logo
A workbench with several Alhambra craftsmen working on guitars

Spain has a long history of guitar-making, and many players consider Spanish classical guitars to be among the best in the world. Manufacturas Alhambra, established in 1965 by six partners, is one of the most respected manufacturers of these instruments. Today, they make classical guitars under several brand names including Alhambra and Almansa in their workshops in Alicante, Spain.

We carried their Almansa guitars for several years until changing import and distribution policies made those instruments unavailable in the United States. We now carry their Alhambra line, which is almost identical and of the same high quality.

It can be difficult to find quality classical guitars in smaller sizes for the developing younger player. We are pleased to announce that Alhambra produces instruments in a range of sizes for the European market, and we are working with our importer to bring some of them to The Minor Chord. If you have an interest in a specific small-bodied Alhambra model, please contact us.

A craftsman placing an inlay logo on an Almansa headstock
The Alhambra factory floor

The Alhambra workshops use a combination of modern manufacturing technology and traditional craftsmanship, producing instruments of uncompromising quality at very reasonable prices.

For more information about Alhambra guitars and their complete line of instruments please visit the Guitarras Alhambra website.

Current Inventory

As of April 2, 2021 we have the following Alhambra instruments in stock. Click on a model or just scroll down to see descriptions and photos of each instrument.

Custom orders are also possible. Contact us if you are interested.

Alhambra 7C in solid cedar and mahogany

The Alhambra 7C is a "conservatory-level" guitar, suitable for the serious classical guitar player. It is entirely hand crafted from solid tonewoods: Cedar for the top and African mahogany for the back and sides. This tonewood combination produces a velvety, intimate sound color but still with good volume and clarity.

The mahogany neck is reinforced with ebony, giving it extra stiffness for both durability and sound transmission.

The Alhambra 7C is offered at $1,299 including an Alhambra padded nylon gig bag.

The specs:

  • Made in Spain
  • Full gloss finish
  • Solid cedar top
  • Solid African mahogany back and sides
  • Black binding around top and back
  • Mahogany neck with ebony reinforcment
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Wood marquetry rosette
  • 650 mm (25.59 inch) scale
  • 52mm (2.05 inch) nut width
  • Gold finish tuning machines
  • Alhambra quality gig bag included

Alhambra 1OP-US with solid cedar top

The Alhambra 1OP-US is their entry-level classical guitar. It is an excellent instrument for the beginning classical student. The solid cedar top produces a satisfying tone, and the layered mahogany back and sizes provide durability. The satin "open pore" finish saves time at the factory, making the 1OP-US more affordable but not detracting from its playability.

In short, this is an affordable quality classical guitar suitable for the serious beginning student.

We offer the Alhambra 1OP-US at $499 including an Alhambra padded nylon gig bag.

The specs:

  • Made in Spain
  • Satin "open pore" finish
  • Solid red cedar top
  • layered mahogany back and sides
  • Binding around top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • 650 mm (25.59 inch) scale
  • 52mm (2.05 inch) nut width
  • Nickel tuning machines
  • Alhambra quality gig bag included

Almansa 401 OP Half-size

As mentioned above, Alhambra and Almansa guitars are built in the same workshops in Alicante, Spain. The construction of both lines is remarkably similar. We formerly carried the Almansa line, but because of importing and distribution changes we are starting to carry the equivalent Alhambra models instead.

The Almansa 401 OP is a half-size guitar similar in construction to the full-size Alhambra 1OP-US above: Solid cedar top, layered mahogany back and sides, and a satin ("open pore") finish.

This half-size model is well suited for the young but still serious classical student. It is built to a 544mm scale (just over 21-3/8 inches) with a 48mm nut width (just over 1-7/8 inches). We offer the 401 OP at $499 with an Almansa padded gig bag.


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