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La Patrie Guitar, Etude
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2010
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My son wanted the La Patrie Guitar, he had one when he was in College and enjoyed it very much, ( he sold it after College about six years ago).he said he wished he had kept the Guitar, as it was beautifully
crafted, and always wanted another one. This Christmas, I saw one on Amazon, I showed it to him,
as he had been looking for one. He said the price was great. I ordered one for him, and he said it is the best Guitar for Classical and is enjoying playing
again, the tone is so soft and the music to me is very enjoyable..
Carol, an Amazon Customer..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I replaced a Fender CG-7 with this guitar and never looked back. I purchased it new from a music store, though, so I paid their overhead. I have to say that the action as set by the factory was ridiculously high. After I sanded down the bridge saddle a bit, it was perfect. This guitar amazes me with its tone, sustain, volume and nuance every time I play it. It has the most incredible, full-bodied voice that I once only hoped to find. The CG-7 was good enough and I learned a lot on it, but a real quality instrument is necessary to progress. The solid wood top puts laminates to shame in terms of tone warmth. The tuning gear is as smooth and precise as what you would find on much more expensive guitars. As far as I thought I knew, the Etude was sold out. You can only find Etude Lefties on most sites, or scratch and dents for $200, but those usually have severe gouges in them. If you can only get a new one here, I would not hesitate.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
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The guitar did not arrive in perfect condition - it had a small gouge in the headstock and another on the body. Both are not too noticeable but could have been avoided with better packaging. I was somewhat surprised when the guitar arrived in a fairly flimsy cardboard box that only loosely held the guitar. It is kind of a miracle that it did arrive in as good a condition that it did.
Anyway, after playing the guitar I knew I wasn't going to send it back. This thing sounds great and plays great. I am playing this guitar more than my newly purchased Taylor GC3. Two totally different guitars but the La Patrie is really fun to play. I can live with the 2 shipping battle scars. Those scars and the relatively cheap price makes it easier for me to just leave it on the stand making it more accesible to me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2011
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This is a nice classical guitar.

Learn how to string and play one appropriately and this Godin guitar will hold tune and impress many people.

Full body sound, clean fretting and classic look.

Canadian made. Godin, La Patrie Etude.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2010
Disclosure: Both guitars I bought were "B" stock with small cosmetic flaws not supposed to affect playability.
I purchased one of these, with a couple minor "dings" in the finish and a small (supposedly factory-repaired) crack in the soundboard. It sounded beautiful in the store. Great balance, sustain, wonderful. Until I brought it home. I tuned it up to concert pitch and the small crack instantly became a 6" crack in the lower bout. Returned to store for "exact" replacement (another "B" stock with cosmetic flaws). This one looks great, but compared to the first, all I can say is "Meh" soundwise. Not as bright, a little more bass-y than the first (even with new Augustine Blue strings on it). I filed 3/32" off the bridge to make it what I consider playable - no complaint tho, as I've never seen a new guitar that didn't need a little "tweaking". As said in here, tuners are OK, but not great - they've got tight spots and loose spots. I'm going to replace mine with a little better set. You can't really go wrong with this guitar for the price, but watch the "B" stock if you ever run into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
After doing some homework on choosing a beginner classical guitar. I found many positive comments on the Etude by La Patrie thru various classical guitar forums.This guitar has excellent craftmanship and the cost won't break the bank.I really enjoy the sound from my Etude when practicing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
I got this guitar for Christmas, and the first thing I noticed was how beautiful it looked. It has a very smooth flat finish and i could not find any cosmetic flaws whatsoever. The wood is flawless and the guitar plays with such a beautiful soft spoken tone with a great level of attack. I play it everyday for 5 hours a day and have not found any issues with it. When I first started playing it I was honestly stunned on how perfectly this guitar felt, sounded, played, looked ect. I've been playing classical guitar for 3 years and this guitar plays like a $900 guitar, no gimmick. I *HIGHLY* suggest this guitar to anyone who loves nylon string guitars. 5 stars for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
This guitar has lots of bang for the buck! It puts out a great deal of volume and the tonal range is awesome. It has done nothing but improve over time too. It has a wild cherry back and sides with a solid cedar top. The finish on them allows them to get that aged sound faster, however it does scratch easily on the cedar top. I don't mind that a bit though! This is a guitar you can play the heck out of and not have to worry about babying it at all times. I can play this guitar softly or play it vigorously and both sound great! The angry play on this guitar is very rewarding too!! I tried to get a Dean Markley sound hole pickup to work with it, but the Dean Markley was slightly to large for the sound hole. I am sure I could hunt for a smaller one or modify my Etude to make it fit, but the natural sound works so well for me that I gave up on the sound hole pickup hunt. I would highly recommend this under-priced guitar to anyone looking for a great classical guitar.
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on March 22, 2015
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Take a very careful look at your La Patrie Etude. I think you will find that the sides and back are not solid wood, but laminate. Look at the inner wood grain and than the outer. I'll bet they don't match. I think these guitars are made in CHINA and filtered into Canada. The Sound board dose appear to be solid cedar as was advertised. My Etude arrived with a ding in the sound board and the binding around the lower bout is misaligned with a razor sharp edge that could have produced a nasty cut. My impression is these guitars are MORE CHINESE JUNK. Save your money.
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on June 27, 2014
I was looking for a replacement for my "road" guitar, but I wanted something that sounded good. I was willing to pay for quality. The Étude was hands down superior in sound and ease of play. I have not been disappointed! The quality of construction and finish is very good. The top has a very slight dark spot on it which I assume, came from the way it was packed.

I own 5 guitars, and the Étude sits in my office, ready to play at a moment's notice. You can't go wrong with this beautiful instrument
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