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Cordoba C10 CD/IN Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar  

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The handmade C10 is one of the first all-solid guitars in the Iberia series. Along with the sweet, warm tone provided by its all-solid body, the C10 ...Read More

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Beauty in tone and appearance.

The handmade C10 is one of the first all-solid guitars in the Iberia series. Along with the sweet, warm tone provided by its all-solid body, the C10 features the vintage elegance of a hand-inlayed mother-of-pearl rosette inspired by a 1920s Domingo Esteso design. Available with a solid European spruce (our SKU #583155) or Canadian cedar top with Indian rosewood back and sides. Other notable features of the C10 include its black and gold tuning machines and adjustable truss rod. Comes with a Cordoba Polyfoam Case.

Cordoba represents a blend of bohemian creativity and individuality with a heritage of artistry and craftsmanship. The quality of Cordoba guitars is recognized worldwide by artists from a variety of genres and musical backgrounds. Passion and tradition accompany every Cordoba guitar; from the craftsman who chooses the soundboard to the musician playing the finished instrument.

  • Top: Solid Canadian cedar
  • Back & Sides: Solid Indian rosewood
  • Binding/Bridge: Indian rosewood binding/Indian rosewood bridge
  • Purfling/Inlay: 6 ply colored wood top purfling, 3 ply maple and ebony back and side purfling
  • Rosette: Mother of Pearl and ebony "Esteso" weave
  • Finish High gloss PU finish
  • Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany neck/Ebony fingerboard
  • Truss Rod: Yes
  • Scale Length: 650mm (25.6")
  • Nut Width: 52mm (2.04")
  • Fret Marker Inlays: Mother of Pearl at 5, 7, 9
  • Nut/Saddle: Bone
  • Number of Frets: 12 to body, 19 total
  • Bracing/Build: Spanish fan bracing
  • Body Width & Length: 290mm (11.4") at upper bout, 370mm (14.6") at lower bout
  • Body Depth: 95mm (3.7") at upper bout, 97mm (3.8") at lower bout
  • Turning Machines: Cordoba Premium Gold Tuning Machines
  • Strings: Savarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500CJ
  • Electronics: NA
  • Tap Plate/Pick Guard: NA

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CordobaC10 CD/IN Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar

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Overbuilt and heavy

By m_b

from San Francisco, CA


  • Reasonable Sound Quality
  • Solid Woods


  • Doesn't Really Sing
  • Excess Glue
  • Heavily Braced
  • Heavy
  • Smells Like A Factory

Best Uses

  • Practice
  • Students

Comments about Cordoba C10 CD/IN Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

In comparison to the similarly-priced Kremona/Orpheus Valley Fiesta FC, this guitar has similar woods, better fit-and-finish, and overall looks better. However, the Orpheus Valley is lighter, and sounds better. The truss rod in this guitar is unusual, and suspect. It tells me that the "Spanish Heel" neck may be just for show - that the neck may actually be attached violin-style. The internal braces are unusually tall, and the soundboard is stiff enough as to lack resonance. My Fiesta FC sounded like a well-tuned drum when tapped on, whereas the Cordoba has a quiet, dull thud. The polyurethane finish on this instrument is applied evenly, but thickly enough that it likely has a damping effect on the sound. The ebony fretboard shows signs of being worked by hand, and not expertly - there are gouges on the side. The nut and saddle appear to be a synthetic material, versus the real bone used in the Orpheus Valley. The back braces on this guitar appear to be of unnecessarily large mahogany, while the soundboard braces appear to be of low-grade spruce with wide grain and plenty of run-out. The bridge, back, sides, and headstock veneer are all of fairly nice-looking rosewood, though the sound indicates that it's too thick. The rosette is supposedly hand-inlaid mother of pearl, but appears in-person to be a factory-produced pearloid set into a black epoxy or other resinous material. It does, however, have 7 layers of real wood purfling inset on either side. The back strip purfling is perfectly mitered. The finish is super shiny - almost mirror-like, and just a step or two short of french polishing in appearances. The tuning machines are cheap and have black plastic buttons, versus the heavier metal and rosewood buttons on the Orpheus Valley. Overall, I'd guess that this guitar weighs about twice as much as the Orpheus Valley, has less volume and less resonance. The action was better on this guitar out of the box, but it also has taller frets. This guitar is pretty, but overbuilt, and smells like a factory. Since when do classical guitars need truss rods? There's visible glue squeeze-out inside the box (and it's shiny like CA glue).

Bottom line: buy this guitar if you want something pretty that will last a long time, and you're okay with just average sound and playability. There are no truly excellent guitars in this price range. However, if you're stuck to this budget, the Orpheus Valley Fiesta FC will give you twice the sound with half the looks at the same price. If you can stretch to about $2k in budget, you can likely find something made by a luthier who's just starting out, and will be 5x the guitar that this is.

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Great Classical Guitar for This Price Range

By Ian Schwartz

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Comments about Cordoba C10 CD/IN Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

I was not able to try out this guitar in any stores, because none of them stocked it. However, I was able to try out the C9 and the C7, the two models below the C10. I was honestly really impressed with the C7, especially considering it's only $500. Then I found out that only the top is solid wood, and the sides and back are laminate. That explains the low price. If you want a good classical guitar but only want to spend $500, look no further than the Cordoba C7. It's an amazing value, and the guitar feels and sounds great.

Once you get to the C9 and C10, you are dealing with all solid wood construction, hence the higher prices. The C9 is cedar and mahogany, whereas the C10 is cedar and rosewood (For both, you have a choice of cedar or spruce; I went for the cedar and love it).

I tried out tons of classical guitars ranging from $200 to $5,000 and I can honestly say that there were only a handful of guitars that impressed me. One of them was a Loriente guitar, which was $2000. Other than that, it was the Cordoba guitars (C7 through C10), which are far less expensive than Loriente. My price limit was $1000, so I ordered the C10 after having tried out the C9, wondering if the extra cost would be worth it. I was not disappointed. This is an amazing guitar with an incredible sound (the low E string is amazing!), excellent lightweight construction, and a superior value. Definitely the best classical guitar for the price... no question about it.

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from Virginia

Comments about Cordoba C10 CD/IN Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

Honestly, for the price this is probably the best classical guitar you can get. It's a good bit less expensive that guitars with comparable specs but sounds as good if not better.The fact that the entire guitar is made out of solid wood was the winner for me. It's hard to get a guitar around or under 1000 dollars with all solid wood.The wood pieces are all of decent quality. The rosewood is perfect but there is a small imperfection in the cedar top. Nothing to detract from the tone. The ebony pieces are beautiful but the black is so full one wonders if it has been stained. Once again though, that doesn't detract from the tone. The rosette is quite beautiful and different from the ordinary style. The tone is very warm and full. The bass sound is huge but the treble notes lack a bit of volume. They are very sweet sounding however and a gentle touch on the bass strings can really draw them out. The top of my guitar seems to be really tuned to an E unlike my Taylor which definitely resonates on A. The guitar also has a couple of notes with really nasal qualities but I'm hoping that will dimish once it's more broken in.The guitar is an amazing value for the price. The cons, though I focused on them truly yield to the pros of this instrument. Great volume and projection, quality construction and appealing aesthetics.Fantastic value.

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