How can one tell the difference between the two?

Price-wise, a decent solid top student model starts at $300 whereas a concert model starts at about $3000. Upon inspection you’ll find that superior building materials were used to produce the concert model (i.e. deluxe machine heads, real bone nut and saddle, rosewood with a random and gnarly grain pattern, and soundboard material with a tight and uniform grain pattern from the finest quarter-sawn material.)

Looking at the label may also provide some clues. A concert guitar will often, but not always, bear the handwritten signature or initials of the master builder. The student model usually has a lengthy serial number printed on the label with the words, “Guitarras de Estudio”.

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