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About Artist Guitars Factory Seconds

This is a factory second product which means it didn't pass our Quality Control test. It could be due to minor scratches, small marks, a slight discolouration of the wood, the paint could be a different colour or some other minor cosmetic issues. Each guitar will usually only have one of these issues. They play and function perfectly and sound the same as the guitars that passed quality control. Unfortunately, we can't show pictures of individual guitars.

We have a very strict Quality Control and if the guitars were damaged significantly or the sound of the guitar was changed they would not have become a factory second (we have 3 different grades for damaged products depending on how damaged an item is). This is a great buy and just like all of our products it also comes with 100-days free returns and a full 3-year warranty.

About this Artist HG39303CEQ Classical Guitar Solid Cedar Top + Cutaway and EQ

This is one of my personal favourites. The solid cedar top gives it a really warm sound and we have added a Spanish heel. For those of you that don't know, the Spanish heel is a much more difficult way of making a guitar but it greatly improves the sustain. On standard Classical guitars they often use dowels to attach the neck and a lot of tone can be lost through this joint.

As with all our solid top guitars we use a bone nut and saddle, the hardness of the bone allows great tone and sustain, the typical plastic nuts are quite soft and have the effect of deadening the sound.

This model also comes with a Fishman Presys pre-amp/pickup with built-in tuner, so if you want to perform or record this is ideal for you.

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: HG39303CEQ 

Body Size: 39'' Classical 


  • Top - Solid Cedar
  • Back and Sides - Laminated Mahogany
  • Fingerboard - Eco-Rosewood
  • Binding - Multi Black

Nut: Bone 53mm

Machine heads: Red Acrylic, Gilded + Black Plating

Strings: D'Addario EJ45

Features: Bone nut and Saddle, Fishman Presys Preamp with built in tuner, 2 way Truss rod

Colour: Gloss Natural

Battery: CNR4 (9V)

Optional Hardcase: CC300

Optional Gig Bags: HGBAG39, BAG39


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Reviews (2)

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Very Happy

By: on 13 October 2021
Ordered on Tuesday and arrived Friday morning. A quick tune up out of the box and good to go. I have had the guitar for about 3 weeks and still can't find the factory defect. It looks and sounds great. The neck is slightly wider and shallower than my previous guitar and it sits in the hand nicely. Put simply it is a pleasure to play.

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Great guitar after a little setup work.

By: on 17 September 2021
I've had this guitar for a couple of weeks now, and have been playing nearly every day since I received it. When it first arrived, it was a little disappointing compared with some other guitars I'd received from Artist in the past twelve months. The action out of the box seemed very high (about 4mm at the 12th fret), the guitar itself was very dusty, the fingerboard was extremely dry, the fret ends were a little sharp, and the wound strings were all so corroded they were completely black. After some new strings (D'Addario EJ-45s) arrived a few days later, I gave the guitar a basic setup: I cleaned the whole guitar, gave the fretboard a good oiling with Jim Dunlop Lemon Oil, and then a polish with some 0000 steel wool, before I restrung it. I tightened the truss rod a little once I had the strings back on, while this lowered the action a bit, it's still higher than I'm used to (although some reading this evening has informed me that a 4mm action on a classical guitar is actually recommended). After the set up, this is a lovely guitar to play. The neck is not thick like some classical guitars tend to have, and despite being flat and wider than my other acoustic guitars, the neck feels very similar. The solid cedar top gives the guitar a lovely warm tone (especially with the new strings) , and the guitar has an incredible amount of sustain. The overall finish on the guitar (after it was cleaned up) is excellent, and I can't tell why it was marked as a factory second. I've been really enjoying some solid arpeggio practice on it nearly every day, and it's perfect for the gentle fingerstyle music I prefer.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We really appreciate the support!