Looking for a traditional nylon-string guitar that both looks and sounds great, especially in a live setting? Perhaps not the easiest task, even with a higher budget of $1,000. However, with an attractive design and very flexible amplified sound capabilities, the Kremona Verea Cutaway – from the Bulgarian brand’s respected Performer Series – may just be your ticket to the stage!
The body on this Kremona Verea is constructed using only the best tonewoods. It features a solid cedar top while using rosewood for the sides and back. The construction is impeccable, with a precise wood binding and a distinctive wood rosette pattern hand-inlaid around the sound hole. Honestly, it has to be seen to be appreciated.
Kremona chose the materials for the neck wisely as well, using Honduran cedar along with an Indian rosewood fretboard for great tone and silky action. It also can be tweaked for maximum playability thanks to the adjustable truss rod – always a good thing to help get any guitar to its optimum setup.
One of the areas where the Kremona Verea really shines is for its use of a Fishman Presys Blend active system. The Fishman Presys gives you an unbelievable range of adjustability to get just the right tone from any acoustic amp or straight through a PA.
The Presys takes the best of both worlds – it uses an under saddle piezo transducer while also using an integrated condenser microphone. Not only that, but it has a blending control that will allow you to dial in that perfect mix of piezo squawk and microphone warmth. Taking it a few steps further, it has a 3-band EQ and a unique phase control (to increase bass response at lower volumes along with helping to control feedback when cranking it up a bit). Finally, it has a built-in chromatic tuner – always a plus – and a volume control as well.
Meanwhile, the tuners on the slotted headstock are smooth operators for making those fine adjustments, and they look great as well thanks to the gold plating and the true rosewood buttons.
Even the best pickup system won’t make an acoustic guitar with bad unamplified tone sound good. You don’t have to worry about that with this classical beauty – it sounds great all on its own with a deep, clean, and rich response across the entire EQ spectrum. You may find yourself questioning if it really is a mid-level guitar because, to us, it sounds like it would be right at home with the big boys, costing much more.
Take that great tone and throw the impressive Fishman Presys system at it, and you’ll have a classical nylon monster that is sure to impress any audience.
Combining rich tonewoods, impressive visual appeal and quality construction, with great live AND stand-alone sound, and it’s easy to see why the Kremona Verea Cutaway has earned the right to be included in our list of the best classical guitars under $1000. Well worth looking at for any intermediate guitarist regularly taking to the stage.