Kremona Soloist S65C Classical Guitar

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Kremona Soloist S65C: Highest Rated Nylon String Guitar Under $500 - 2022.09

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The Soloist S65C first appeared on our recommended list in June 2019 when it tied for the top rated spot under $500 with the now discontinued Yamaha NTX700. It took the highest rated title in the Under $500 category in August 2020 and it’s held that position ever since.


  • A bit pricey compared to other student-friendly nylon string guitars
  • Low end is a bit lacking


  • Solid red cedar top
  • Warm and resonant tone
  • Ceramic saddle and nut
  • Excellent build quality for the price

The Kremona Soloist S65C is a classical guitar that’s gained market traction for its exceptional craftsmanship and tonal excellence.

Crafted with a solid red cedar top and rosewood back and sides, it delivers a warm and balanced sound that captures the essence of classical guitar music. I am impressed by its tonal clarity, sustain, and responsiveness. It can easily pass for a more expensive professional-grade instrument. My only complaint is the need for more low-end, but it does give the S65C a distinctly focused tone that I like.

I’m impressed with the intricate craftsmanship of the wooden rosette, which is applied to the overall build of the neck, fingerboard, and body.

Speaking of the neck and fingerboard, the S65C does not stray from traditional neck specs, which ensures that classical students start with a proper guitar. Note that classical guitar necks are wide and flat, which can be challenging for younger beginners and those used to thin necks.

In summary, the Kremona Soloist S65C is an impressive nylon string guitar that will please serious students of classical guitar music.


  • Top: Solid Red Cedar
  • Body: Sapele back & sides
  • Finish: Natural
  • Bridge: Indian rosewood
  • Neck: African Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 650 mm (25.6″)
  • Nut Width: 52mm (2.04″)

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