Kremona has been one of my favorite, lesser-known guitar manufacturers for a while. They have been “quietly” creating some of the best bargain guitars on the market. Their S62C is a great student guitar that will find some fans among more experienced players as well. This is not an “affordable” model per se but it definitely brings more to the table than a lot of other guitars in its price range. It is a “student” or beginner friendly because it is a bit smaller than full-sized models but that definitely does not take away from the sound.
The S62C features beautiful red cedar solid top with laminated sapele back and sides. While the top is amazing quality, the laminated sapele is definitely not my favorite materials. But to be honest, as long as the top is not laminated the sound will not suffer that much. The neck is made of African mahogany with Indian rosewood fingerboard and connected to the body with standard dovetail neck joint. The neck is slimmer and a bit shorter than usual which is a good news for beginners and students who are not as comfortable with bulkier models. Overall, the structure of this model is very comfortable and easy to use while also being durable and sturdy. Although this is a ⅞ sized model it definitely does not lack the volume and is pretty much comparable to any full-sized guitar.
As for the hardware, you get the basic but great quality stuff. The nut and saddle are made of the polymer while the Gebr. Van Gent gold-plated machine heads provide ease of use and functionality. The guitar is coated with Gloss polyurethane finish that lets the guitar vibrate. The only complaint I have heard about the finish is that it is not very thick and scratches easily. This model also ships with Royal Classics “Kremona Especial” model Mid Tension Strings and CGGB-BK-branded gig bag. The strings on this one are okay but I will talk a bit more about them in the sound section. As for the gig bag, it is pretty functional and durable. As a student, you do not want to buy a $500-600 guitar and have it ruined because of one stupid accident.
When it comes to the sound the S62C really shines. Although this is a smaller guitar (⅞ sized) you might think it will not deliver on the sound and volume as a full body guitar. AND that is definitely where you would be wrong. The volume is pretty much the same as with any full-sized guitar (I mean good ones). One thing I would recommend, though, is to change strings. Not that they are bad but to reach the best sound and tone you might think about changing them to something that will fit you better.
With 90 years of expertise in guitar market and small-scale manufacturing, Kremona manages to pull off some of the most stunning and functional guitars on the market. This ⅞ size classical acoustic guitar will win the heart of any student or experienced player. The beautiful, dark red cedar solid top along with good quality hardware provides amazing feel and sound that is unmatched in its price range.