The AH15 is a fantastic gitbox by Antonio Hermosa for everyone trying to get into the world of playing flamenco style, or just learning the basics of guitar playing itself as a beginner. The reason it can do both is because the instrument is designed in a way which offers a combination of both classical guitar and flamenco guitar elements. To succeed at this is a commendable accomplishment on its own. However, presenting it in such an affordable, premium appointed instrument is a whole different story.
Body & Neck
The instrument’s body is comprised of an admirable tone woods selection. The top of the body hosts a mosaic rosette, and it is crafted using solid spruce, while the back and sides are made of cypress wood. The instrument is deeply enhanced by its gorgeous glossy finish. The guitar’s Spanish heel construction is quite impressive, and if you take a peek inside you will notice the “Fan” bracing pattern, responsible for holding the body together. The mahogany neck hosts the rosewood fingerboard, which comes equipped with 18 frets and a 2” wide real bone nut. The scale length of the instrument amounts to 25.5 inches.
The instrument’s hardware shows that no expenses were spared in the manufacturing process, the striking attention to detail and expert craftsmanship are clearly exhibited by its components. The hardware is comprised of a real bone saddle laying host to its rosewood bridge system, and six gold plated tuning pegs with brown pearloid.
The instrument doesn’t hold back when you tap into its flamenco potential, you might need to take a heavier swing at the strings in order to completely receive the authentic tones you desire, but the git delivers nonetheless. It is one of the best starter guitars in the price range, as slightly costlier instruments don’t deliver an incremental increase in sound quality.
The action might need some readjusting out of the box, which shouldn’t pose an issue. Overall, the AH15’s tones are full of depth and resonance enhanced with excellent sustain, the sound it carries can guide you throw the learning process with ease due to its sturdy construction and convenient design, emphasizing on comfort and playability.
To sum it up, what we have on our hands here is a very affordable beginner instrument, regardless if you’re trying to get into flamenco or you’re after your first ever classical guitar. The instrument delivers what you would come to expect from it; value and quality.