Cordoba Guitars is a company devoted to nylon stringed instruments, known for blending the traditional craftsmanship of the early master luthiers with modern developments. Inspired by the organic beauty and honesty of acoustic instruments, Cordoba offers a comprehensive range of versatile classical, flamenco, and crossover guitars for players of all experience levels. Cordoba also makes a variety of premium ukuleles, some rooted in traditional Portuguese designs while others feature a more modern, guitar-like build. Every Cordoba instrument is lightweight, responsive, and a direct descendant of the Spanish tradition.
Cordoba Classical Guitars
From the Iberia series to the Espana series, Cordoba offers classical guitars built with traditional construction methods including Spanish fan bracing, hand-inlaid wooden rosettes, hand-carved necks and headstocks, and Spanish heel neck joints on select models. All Cordoba classicals featured on SamAsh.com have either a solid Canadian cedar or solid European spruce top with various back/sides options. Classical players tend to prefer a completely buzz-free tone that is achieved with slightly higher action, and some relief in the neck. Cordoba’s classical models are set up with an action height of 3.5-4mm, and some players even prefer a higher set-up to ensure each note will ring cleanly and pristinely. Use the two-way truss rod located in every Cordoba guitar to adjust the amount of relief in the neck.
Cordoba Flamenco Guitars
Classical and flamenco guitars are often grouped together, but they have some important differences. Flamenco guitars emphasize a much easier and faster playability than classical guitars, which is made possible by lowered action and hardly any relief in the neck. This set-up leads to a percussive buzz or “growl”, often essential to replicating the blistering strumming patterns called rasgueados and rapid fire finger-picking called picados, both characteristic of the flamenco sound. Flamenco guitars are traditionally built with a solid spruce top and cypress or sycamore back and sides to achieve a bright, snappy sound that can stand on its own when accompanying the punctuating stomps of a flamenco dancer. This wood combination is called a blanca, while a spruce top paired with a darker wood like rosewood is called a negra. Negras like the Cordoba GK Studio Negra have become more popular in recent years, with the rosewood back and sides lending a bassier, more robust tone. Cordoba’s flamenco models are set up with an action height of 2.5-3mm.
Cordoba Crossover Guitars
Nylon string guitars don’t always have to be traditional! Cordoba offers a wide range of crossover models that feel familiar to those coming from the steel string world, or those who have previously struggled with the wider neck of a classical guitar. Cordoba’s Fusion series models all feature a thinner nut width (48mm vs. the standard 52mm), thinner neck profile, and radiused fingerboard. Most models in this series feature the option of 12 or 14 frets to the body. The 12 fret models more closely resemble a traditional classical guitar, while the 14 fret model has a more familiar upper register for steel string players. Aside from the Fusion series, Cordoba also makes some thinbody models like the 55FCE, which is the chosen guitar of the Gipsy Kings. The thinner body helps fight feedback when plugged in. The GK Studio (named for the Gipsy Kings) and its close relatives are technically flamenco models, but their low action and quick response also make them ideal for playing live.
Light, portable, and extremely fun to play, Cordoba ukuleles come in soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone sizes. The all-mahogany 15CM is a best-seller, with a beautiful abalone rosette and white ivoroid binding. Cordoba’s 20 series are built with solid mahogany tops and mahogany backs and sides, while the 25 series are built with solid acacia tops and backs, and acacia sides. Popular models include the 20CM, 20TM-CE, and 25CK.