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Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar Natural  (Open Box)
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Product# 518773
OVERVIEW

A solid-topped, handcrafted student guitar from a respected luthier at a great price.

One of the original models of the Iberia series, the C5 is a full size acoustic nylon-string guitar with a solid Canadian cedar top, mahogany back and sides and a rosewood fingerboard. Handmade in the traditional Spanish style, the C5 also features an all wood inlaid rosette, rosewood binding, hand carved headstock, fan bracing system, and bone nut and saddle.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Top: Solid Canadian cedar
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany neck/ rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Nut Width: 2" (52mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.6" (650mm)
  • Perfect for classical students or crossovers
  • Cordoba Gold Tuning Machines

The classical guitar is a whole new world of musical exploration. Order yours today and take off!

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CordobaC5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

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Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

New Favorite

It's aesthetically stunning, exceedingly easy to fret, has a fairly authoratative voice, with great low end.
I have a new favorite guitar! I was a bit apprehensive ordering this on line,...Read complete review

It's aesthetically stunning, exceedingly easy to fret, has a fairly authoratative voice, with great low end.
I have a new favorite guitar! I was a bit apprehensive ordering this on line, never having had the chance to play it first, but I gotta say, my expectations have been exceeded - by a bunch!

It took a while for the strings to "settle in" (I'd forgotten that about nylon-string guitars - the last one I had was an Alvarez, about 30 years ago), but once they did, the sound is fabulous! It's got a great low end, and is extremely easy to play. It came set up just about perfectly. I probably will lower the saddle a bit the first time I change strings on it, however. The only other guitar I've ever bought that came this well set up is a high-end Michael Kelly acoustic/electric. Even my Breedlove needed some setting up.

To top it off, it's aesthetically magnificent. Beautiful!

So don't hesitate...if you think you might like this one, go ahead and order it. You won't be disappointed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

HUGE LETDOWN

I have been playing for 20+ years and for the last 5 or so been concentrating on classical and fingerstyle. I absolutely love the Spanish guitar sound. I love the look, the...Read complete review

I have been playing for 20+ years and for the last 5 or so been concentrating on classical and fingerstyle. I absolutely love the Spanish guitar sound. I love the look, the feel, everything. I have played umpteen different makes and models and each one has its own pros and cons. I had heard of the Cordoba line and played a couple, and they seemed pretty nice, so I ordered the C5. The combination of woods - cedar and mahogany, seemed perfect. However, the guitar was a huge disappointment. First, there were scratches and dents all over the guitar. The action was so high, it seemed at first like the neck was warped. The sound was OK, but due to the setup, it played horribly. Perhaps this was just a fluke. Cordoba seems like a very successful company and they didn't get that way making substandard guitars. I just think the folks in Quality Control let this one slip by. In my opinion, the most consistent manufacturer of budget line classical guitars is Yamaha. I have yet to play one that was bad. If you are just getting into classical or flamenco guitar, by a Yamaha. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed, and their guitars play well and sound very nice. Most players get discouraged early on because of playability issues like the ones I described above, but with Yamaha guitar, you will enjoy playing, and stay focused. Then later, upgrade to a handmade, all solid wood guitar. Thanks.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful instrument

By 

from Saylorsburg, PA

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Rich Warm Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

      I'm new to classical guitar as I've been playing a Martin acoustic for 20 years, but I'm practicing hard to learn the proper technique to play this beautiful instrument. It was the best value I could find in it's price range. I highly recommend it1

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product for Price

      By 

      from Morris Plains, NJ

      Pros

      • Amazing sound
      • Beautiful tone
      • Perfect tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

          The action on this guitar is as good as many other very high priced guitars. The tuning system is perfect and leads to very accurate tuning. A rich and full tone. A great guitar for the price.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          amazing guitars!

          By 

          from Elmira,NY

          Pros

          • Beautiful craftsmanship
          • Excelent Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • A Tun Of Fun To Play

            Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

            First I would like to say thanks to the people at musicinsfriend for providing great products and totaly awesome shiping speed options. Both my Cordoba C5 classical and my nephues 3/4 size Honer classical are awesome guitars with wonderfull sound quality and ease of play ability and to top that they don't only sond good but they are also beautiful. I have never been disapointed with a single perchase from MF thank you thank you thank you musicins friend you guys rock. If your looking for hi quality that fits your bugit Cordoba got you covered

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            • No

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            5.0

            Classical Guitar

            By 

            from Pensacola, Fl

            Pros

            • Awesome Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Perfect For Grandson

              Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

              This has been perfect for our grandson and has motivated him to practice even more. He loves the rich sound!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic Guitar

              By 

              from Tucson, AZ

              Pros

              • Excellent workmanship
              • price
              • Tone
              • Truss Rod

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

                  After looking at classical guitars in this price range, I settled on the Cordoba primarily because I could adjust the action with the truss rod. Very few (any?) classical guitars in this range have this ability. The workmanship on my guitar is excellent, no complaints other than the fret ends were a bit sharp, which was easily remedied in a few minutes with a small file. If you're a beginner, don't waste your money on a less expensive "starter" guitar...as you learn you'll appreciate the ability to dial in the action on this one, and you'll learn faster playing on an instrument that you don't have to fight to fret properly. If you're an experienced guitarist, I think you'll be impressed by the price point on this one.

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                  2.0

                  Poor fretwork

                  Pros

                  • Decent sound
                  • Economical

                  Cons

                  • Fretwork

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

                    For a little more the C7 is a far superior guitar. If I were making this purchase all over again I would not pick the C5. Also, the quality of fret boar is not satisfactory. After few months, it appears the fretboard shrunk and the frets stick out considerably. They are sharp and scratching the heck out of my thumb and fingers when I play it. This is likely due to dry air in my apartment in the middle of a Chicago winter. However, my Ibanez prestige and Gibson les paul have had no such issue. They sit on the same guitar rack as the C5.
                    Sound is not bad but that's of little use when the guitar itself is a hazard to play.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Guitar but Slow shipping.

                    By 

                    from Dallas,TX

                    Verified Buyer

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                          Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

                          This is a great guitar for the price, nice action right out of the box and overall good sound that is:(ONCE I Finally received it).The problems that occurred was with musicians friend customer service,slow shipping, and delays on the backorder..I ordered this guitar on Dec 1st and did not receive it until Jan 9th.. it was backordered and was supposed to ship out a week before Christmas.... it did not ship out until Jan 7th!...I did not receive an email about it being backordered a second time until Dec 26th the day after Christmas...Then I look online around the first week January and it shows its in stock and my guitar still has not shipped..I had to contact musicians friend via telephone to get results (and the phone help was not very friendly),I figure with the wait that they could have at the very least offered me a gift card or something?...In the past I really have enjoyed ordering from musicians friend,but on my next musical purchase I may look to buy from the competitor. Thanks

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                          • Yes

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent guitar for the price paid

                          By 

                          from Westchester County, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Neck Playability
                          • overall volume
                          • Sound quality

                          Cons

                          • none

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup To A Concert Instr
                          • Ensemble playing

                          Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

                          I bought this to keep as a travel guitar to practice on, as I do not like to always bring my Iouannou everywhere for protective reasons. I have tried other substitutes, but few mass produced guitars compare to quality single builder guitars. This one does not compare either - however - for the price, it is perfect. Great projection, and tone. I was surprised at the excellent volume of this guitar. That seems to be a problem with many mass produced guitars, weak volume. Also, I never owned a cedar top guitar, as I have always been partial to spruce. This guitar has a nice look and plays real well. Finally, something I can drag around and really get in good practice time on without breaking the bank.
                          Good job Cordoba!

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                          • No

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                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Cordoba C5 Classical Guitar

                          By 

                          from Rehoboth, MA

                          Verified Buyer

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                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

                                This was a gift for my sister who had been playing a very cheap classical guitar. She pulled this Cordoba C5 out of the box and merely had to strum two chords to be blown away by the incredible sound.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Corboba c-5

                                Comments about Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

                                Very well made in China.Flawless.Strings were a bit high off the fretboard,yet it checks out.

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