I’m new here and apologize in advance if this is a topic that has been discussed as nauseum. I’ve always loved GJ, and I love that dry, nasally, almost electric sound of a GJ guitar. I played piano for 13 years, but if I’m totally honest, the instrument was forced upon me and I never LOVED it, but I liked it. I turned 50 this year and started developing Dupuytren’s in my right hand (ring and pinky are getting stiff and curling in). It’s depressing, but I took the opportunity to start learning the instrument I’ve always wanted to learn —guitar! I’ve got a crummy classical guitar but after the holidays I’m going to order the Altamira M01. I’ve listened to recordings, done a ton of research and I feel like it is the best pick for me. I like the sound of it better than the M30, but I can’t mentally get past the “laminated back and sides.”
I’m obviously not in it as a serious endeavor at my age. I’m in it for the journey. But I do want a decent guitar. Any concerns about the laminate back and sides? Are there different quality laminates? If so, how does the M01 measure up? Can you develop your own sound with laminate B&S? Why is there such stigma among instrumentalists about laminates?
Thanks for reading this far!