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Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Plug it in for blazing electric solos or go acoustic for traditional flamenco.

The ultimate crossover nylon-string guitar for any style of guitarist. Played by the Gipsy Kings, the 55FCE's thin body design, deep cutaway, and slightly narrower neck width give the guitar a comfortable feel at home, on stage, or in the studio. The Fishman Prefix ProBlend on board electronics with 3-band EQ make the 55FCE the perfect guitar for improvisation with an amplified sound. Comes with a HumiCase Thinbody Protege case.

FEATURES
  • Top: Solid European Spruce
  • Back: Flamed maple
  • Sides:Flamed maple
  • Scale: 25.59" (650 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.96" (50 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Tuning Machines: Deluxe gold plated
  • Neck: Spanish cedar
  • Headstock: Rosewood Veneer
  • Rosette: All natural inlaid wood mosaic
  • Bridge: Indian rosewood
  • Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Electronics: Fishman Prefix Problend electronics
  • Finish: High gloss PU with Honey Amber tinted back & sides
  • Country: Made in Spain
  • Case: HumiCase Thinbody Protégé
  • Strings: Savarez Cristal Corum in High Tension, 500CJ

The traditional favorite of the Gipsy Kings can now be yours.

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Cordoba55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar
 
5.0

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        5.0

        Great Flamenco guitar!

        By Canut25th

        from Oklahoma city, Oklahoma

        Pros

        • Fast Shipping
        • Great Guitar And Fast Shi
        • Light Weight
        • Nice Full Sound

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Flamenco

        Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

        I really like the small size for playing live.
        This Guitar arrived in great condition and has a beautiful case.
        I had some questions regarding my order and when I emailed my sales rep he ignored me and never replied back but when I Called to ask my question I had a wonderful exp. with another rep, I wish she would have rec'd the commission.
        I would advise to maybe ask for another rep other than....
        Dan Ward
        Ext. 2069
        Salt Lake City, Utah

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        5.0

        Very nice quality

        By Canut25th

        from Oklahoma city, Oklahoma

        Pros

        • 5 stars

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Flamenco

        Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

        Wonderful guitar with a full sound, I would highly advise to do it right the first and purchase this guitar you will love it and the Humicase is a fantastic feature to prolong the life of this amazing instrument.

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        5.0

        Awesome Guitar!

        By STL_Ray

        from St. Louis, MO

        Pros

        • Beautiful Ringing Tone
        • Flawless craftsmanship
        • Good Acoustic Volume
        • Very Good Amplified Sound

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

          After years of playing rock, blues, jazz, rockabilly on electric and acoustic guitars, I decided to try my hand at playing classical guitar. After a lot of research, and, reading several reviews, both here and on other sites, I decided on the Cordoba FCE 55. I received this guitar today. It's just an awesome guitar! It sounds as beautiful as it looks. The photographs shown here do not do it justice. You really must see this guitar in person.

          If you're use to mainly playing an electric guitar, it will take some time to get use to playing this guitar, as I suspect it would any classical guitar. The neck is wide (1.96"), the fingerboard is flat, and the action is considerably higher than a well setup electric guitar. I am also a bass player, and, the neck width on this guitar is about the same as my Pedulla ET-5 Thunderbass! I now understand why most classical guitarists use a foot rest, you need one in order to hold the guitar in proper playing position to be able to reach around this neck. I would heavily recommend a foot rest in addition to the guitar. Please don't take these as negative comments, not meant to be. The reason I'm pointing these things out, is that it is so much different from playing an electric, or, acoustic guitar. So, these things are to be expected with a flamenco/classical guitar.

          Bottom line is it's just awesome! Beautiful finish, flawless craftsmanship, beautiful ringing tone. The humidor case is a very nice touch as well. The Fishman ProBlend electronics sound great. For a thin body guitar, the unplugged volume is astonishing, quite unexpected!

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          5.0

          GREAT GUITAR

          By ronny shiver

          from panama city beach, fl

          Pros

          • And Sounds Even Better
          • Plays like a dream

          Cons

          • no down side

          Best Uses

            Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

            Great playing guitar and the sound is outstanding

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            5.0

            Im In Love With It!

            By Ricky1431

            from Chicago, IL

            Pros

            • Exellent Tone
            • Great Pickup System
            • Hand made
            • Made In Spain
            • Sleek design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • On stage
              • Studio

              Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

              I've played many other guitars before but i have never seen or played such a great guitar like the 55FCE. I Love It!

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              5.0

              Awesome Classical Guitar

              By Fatboy77

              from Raleigh, NC

              Pros

              • Awesome Sound
              • Great size
              • Hardshell Humidor Case
              • Made In Spain

              Cons

              • No On-board Tuning

              Best Uses

                Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

                Such a well made guitar, and sounds incredible. I do notice you have to tune it every time before playing. Love the humidor hardshell case. If it had an on-board tuner, it would be perfect. Love the size, especially neck. I have short stubby fingers. Can't go wrong with this guitar. I thought about the Yamaha NTX1200R, but decided on this one. Did not like the case that comes with the Yamaha.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this Cordoba again!!

                By Big Al

                from Thunder Bay, Canada

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Looks Feels Great
                • price
                • Sounds fantastic

                Cons

                • Saddle Was Lifting

                Best Uses

                • Gigging
                • Noodling Around
                • Performance
                • Practice

                Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

                Wow! Picked this beautiful guitar this past weekend. It IS beautiful ! And sounds fantastic for such a narrow body guitar. I was skeptical about the bottom end/base response with only a 3 inch deep body, but is is indeed wonderful. Took it to a party last night and passed it around with my Gibson for friends to compare and it was 50/50 for preference. The neck is decidedly wider at 2" but the action setup was great out of the box. I'll play it a few months before changing anything. I'll let things settle in and settle down for a new guitar first.
                I am dying to plug it in.
                My wife is a huge Gypsy Kings fan, so she loves to just sit and listen as I noodle around on it.
                Being a 55 year old 60's and 70's folkie and classic rock player, this is a new adventure for me. It may be a little over the top for my first classical/ flamenco guitar, but heck, I work long and hard and as the saying goes, it's always nice to have another tool in the quiver. If that is not mixing metaphors.
                I actually researched and read a ton of reviews and ratings before "adding this to cart" ! So glad I did. No regrets! Only an excitement at the anticipation of learning to play this incredibly beautiful, sexy axe! No disappointments! 5/5 rating.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice Instrument

                By David Graves

                from Huntersville, North Carolina

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent tone
                • Rich Appointments
                • Well built

                Cons

                • Unattractive Guard

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

                  This is my first "thin bodied" classical guitar and I am pleasantly surprised by the rich tone produced by the instrument's smaller body. The guitar is well built and has rich appointments such as its tuning pegs and bindings. The one drawback is the plastic guard glued to the top of the guitar. I would suggest the Cordoba luthiers make this an optional add-on. But otherwise very pleased to have in my collection.

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                  (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Real and versatile

                  By VegasLoungeLizard

                  from Southwest Florida

                  Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

                  I play an assortment of acoustic styles, Gypsy Jazz, Bossa Nova and I occasionally accompany my wife on her Flamenco performances. I was looking for a guitar suitable for all three styles that I could just plug in and retain some control over my sound. The Cordoba 55FCE meets these requirements rather handily. First the neck is just perfect. Wide enough to enable clean chording but narrower than a traditional classical or Flamenco guitar. Very low action. In general a very clean quality fit and finish. Aesthetically just gorgeous. All around very comfortable to play. The electronics are just amazing. Between the EQ, piezo pickup and on-board mic I can find a variety settings that fit my styles. The ability to blend between the peizo and mic allow me to just nail the tone I need.

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                  (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  what u should know b4 u buy

                  By mrggz.com

                  from wherever there are gigs

                  Comments about Cordoba 55FCE Thinbody Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

                  I auditioned this guitar before I purchased it, but several years had gone by. It still plays the same,the twin pickup/mic system is just phenomenal, and I love it, but you should know it is a production guitar and overpriced unless the fine nuances make a difference to you over and above the production anomiles (please excuse the spelling). It is a flamenco guitar so the neck does not fall away from the body as I had supposed; however this enables a close distance between the strings and the top of the guitar in the finger-picking area, which I find just exquiset as well as the double, clear pickgaurd. The action is actually just a titch high, but functionally is within the parameter of perfection. I almost sent it back with my concerns over eventual bridge lift, as seems to happen to the finest of guitars over time, becuase I surmised there may be nowhere left to lower the action if the face/bridge lifted slightly over time. The lifetime guarentee convinced me to make the investment. Mine had a micro-buzz in the first few frets on the lower strings that all but dissapeared the second month. I replaced the D and A stings as they wore out quickly with so much playing and did not remember the tension differences of the strings. The replacements were high tension and that did change the reponsiveness of the fretting, but was still within a "parameter of perfection" as I call it. I do like the tension of the strings that came on it better though. The stings take a good long while to stay in tune as they seem to stretch for about two weeks of even heavy playing and my unit I had to tighten ever so slightly the gear screws to stop the slippage. I was dissapointed the guitar did not have a built in tuner, mainly for the at-home 45 day trial as I was unsure if it were the strings or some deficiency of construction and wished to have a more accurate analysis; M's.F. sent me a free tuner, not a great one, but it did the job as I kept the guitar. The neck is spliced at the headstock, and heel, which in time past I'd not have stood for, but with the precision design technology of our era, and the lifetime guarentee, it was more of a psychological hang-up than a practical one. Even so, it makes this a production guitar and not truly hand-made craftsmanship in the old-world view of things, which may be considered a plus depending on your outlook of precision and paradigm shift in attitudes. I can say this; my skills advanced noticably in a mere two-month period because of the natural feel and responsiveness of this guitar, so, like I said, I kept it and rate it the highest possible rating regardless of the critique and minor flaws, including the slow rate of cure for the finish; it is finally smelling less like it was just lacquered. I just thought you may want to know these things before you shelled out a grand for one, which by the way M's.F; thanks a bunch for the 20% coupon; that helped as well, but you really should find another financeer than the current paranoid one as I reckon it is costing you a few, if not a lot of sales. very best - ggz

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