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Artist HG500CEQ Solid Cedar Top Classical Guitar with EQ

The Solid Cedar top gives the HG500 that classic cedar warmth and bottom end. The back and sides are a beautiful Laminated Walnut which is very eye-catching. The guitar also features a Laurel fretboard and bridge and a 3 Ply Okoume neck with a Spanish Heel for the neck join. For those of you that don't know the Spanish heel, it 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 type of joint.

The guitars preamp/equaliser is a Presys II by the acoustic preamp heavyweights, Fishman.

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

Note: This guitar does not have strap buttons

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: HG500CEQ

Body Size: 39''

Type: Solid-Top Classical Guitar with Nylon Strings


  • Top - Solid Cedar,
  • Back and Sides - Laminated Walnut
  • Fingerboard and Bridge - Laurel
  • Neck - 3-ply Okoume

Preamp/EQ: Fishman Presys II with built-in Tuner

Scale Length: 25.5 Inches

Nut: 52mm Bone Nut

Frets: 19 Frets. 1mm 2.3 White Copper Fretwires


  • Front and Back - Sapele Black-White Binding
  • Fingerboard - Laurel Wood Binding

Strings: Savarez 500CJ

Truss Rod: Yes

Colour: Gloss Natural

Optional Hardcases: CC300

Optional Gig Bags: HGBAG39, BAG39


Reviews (2)

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Dave Norman

By: on 6 October 2021
The best Nylon sting I have ever Played . It has such a big sound with great Volume,Sustain and Bass , plugged in or not.The Fishman Presys ll pickup is first class producing a full rhythm sound and clear treble and Bass for soloing.There was a small issue there were no dots on the side of the neck for the Third,Fifth and Tenth fret positions .Also If I might add unlike my other Artist Nylon Guitar CS100CEQ there were no Strap Pins.But over all for a Guitar of this price the quality and finish is first class.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We will look into these.

Better than expected!

By: on 23 June 2021
This guitar was shipped fast & arrived just a few days after I ordered it. When I opened the box my first thought was that Artist guitars sent me the wrong one. This guitar looks like an expensive one. I was really impressed as it looks stunning from the head stock to the bridge. It plays really well & it came with quality Savarez strings on it. The neck feels nice & the frets are nice & rounded so it plays well. I like the in-built tuner which works well as you just press a button & tune it so there's no need to fiddle with a separate tuner so it's a real time saver. I haven't used the in-built pre-amp yet as I dont have an amp but it came with a battery fitted which was very handy. I did buy it to play it acoustically & I'm so Impressed with the looks of this guitar I just should have bought it sooner. I'm really Impressed with it that I ended up buying a hard-case separately for it from Artist guitars as well which was a real good fit. I look forward to playing it as it sounds good as it is a solid top guitar. Artist guitars have really impressed me with this guitar I just love the look of it. So if you are thinking of buying this guitar give it a go as it looks better than the pictures show & sounds great to! Thank You Artist guitars for keeping prices affordable!

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