Antonio Hermosa AHT-10CE Review – Modernized Classical
The AHT-10CE is a choice where the money you spend will get you some features you won’t find in most entry-level guitars, but you take a risk with the build quality.
The AHT-10CE is a guitar that is good for the beginning player who is interest in classical or flamenco guitar. It does come with a few concerns though, and some added perks for a student model.
The AHT-10CE is a nylon string acoustic/electric by Antonio Hermosa. It has a thinline body in a classical shape. The top is solid cedar with laminate mahogany back and sides. The top and back of the body have maple binding with 3-ply top purfling. The scale length is 2mm shorter than a standard classical at 648mm (25.5”).
The slim mahogany neck has a rosewood fingerboard with no inlays. There are side dots at the 5th, 7th, and 12th frets in the binding of the neck. There are 18 nickel frets. The nut is a standard classical size at 50.8mm (2”). A traditional Spanish neck joint is used to attach it to the body.
The guitar is done with a glossy finish. The rosette is a mosaic style decal underneath the finish. The bridge is rosewood with a compensated saddle. The body has a single cutaway that allows easy access put to the 15th fret.
The onboard electronics are the EQ-7545R preamp with faux wood sticker. Its controls include a 4-band EQ and volume. The battery box is located right next to the control panel. There is a battery check with LED. It takes a 9-volt battery to power the system.
Gold plated tuners with brown pearloid buttons sit atop the slotted headstock. It comes strung with D’Addario strings. The guitar keeps to tradition by not having a truss rod.
As mentioned the body is very thin with a maximum depth of 71mm (2.8125”). The other dimensions of the AHT-10CE are as follows: the upper bout is 295mm (11.625”), the lower bout is 371mm (14.625”), the body length 486mm (19.125”), and a total length of 981mm (38.625”).
Antonio Hermosa offers different variations of this model. There is a model that has a non-thinline body (AH-10CE), and a model with a more standard body with no electronics or cutaway (AH-10).
No case is included in the price of the guitar.
There is nothing expensive or astounding about this guitar. This is an inexpensive student model that includes electronics and a cutaway. There are some concerns with the quality of the wood used, but again it is a student model not an expensive professional model.
The thin body makes it a very comfortable guitar to play. Neck is wide like a standard classical, but is thinner. The cutaway makes it a bit unbalanced, but not terribly so.
The sound is not very layered. It has the classical pluck, but not the real snap one would want to hear. The sound can get more depth when plugged in. The electronics are fine given the price point, but don’t expect a professional quality sound. This is a guitar you plug in given the thinness of the sound.
At this price point you can get a guitar built by a more well-known builder, but it won’t have the extras.
- Thinline body is very comfortable.
- Cutaway opens up the fretboard more.
- Electronics already installed.
- Quality of build concerns.
- No case included in the price of the guitar.