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    Cordoba

    Cutaway for high-fret access and electrified to fit in at any jam session!

    A staple in the Iberia series, the C5-CE features a solid Canadian cedar top and mahogany back and sides. The construction is based upon the traditional Spanish Classical guitar with the exception of a soft cutaway and a slightly thinner neck. The Fishman Isys+ 2band pickup system produces a rich and natural sound when amplified - perfect for gigging and recording.

    Features

    • Solid cedar soundboard
    • Mahogany back and sides
    • Spanish cedar neck
    • Rosewood fingerboard
    • Nickel-plated tuners
    • 50mm head nut
    • 650mm scale
    • Lacquer finish

    Perfect crossover instrument for electric guitarists and beginners who want to keep their options open. Order now.

     

    C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar Specifications:

    • Top: Solid Canadian cedar
    • Back & Sides: Mahogany
    • Binding/Bridge: Indian rosewood binding / Indian rosewood bridge
    • Purfling/Inlay: Maple & Ebony top, Maple back & sides
    • Rosette: All natural inlaid wood mosaic
    • Finish: High Gloss PU
    • Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard
    • Truss Rod: Yes
    • Scale Length: 650mm (25.6")
    • Nut Width: 50mm (1.96")
    • Fret Marker Inlays: Mother of Pearl at 3, 5, 7, 9, 12
    • Nut/Saddle: Bone
    • Number of Frets: 12 to body, 19 total
    • Bracing/Build: Spanish fan bracing
    • Body Width & Length: 375mm (14.75") width at lower bout; 39" total length
    • Body Depth: 95mm (3.7“) at upper bout, 100mm (3.9“) at lower bout
    • Turning Machines: Cordoba Gold Tuning Machines
    • Strings: Savarez Cristal Corum in High Tension 500CJ
    • Electronics: Fishman Isys+ with on board Tuner
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    CordobaC5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar
     
    4.2

    (based on 18 reviews)

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    A Must Try

    I am a flamenco player and needed a good sounding guitar in situations that would not allow me to mike my traditional flamenco guitars...I own several of the finest flamencos that are made...Read complete review

    I am a flamenco player and needed a good sounding guitar in situations that would not allow me to mike my traditional flamenco guitars...I own several of the finest flamencos that are made in Spain...Antonio Marin Montero and Juan Gonzoles to name just two...I am not trying to make a direct comparison because we are not comparing apples to apples...but for the money, workmanship, and excellent sound you will have found a real standout and winner in this category!Amplifiers are also important to getting the right sound from your guitar. I use the Trace Elliot TA 100R amp. Makes a fabulous combination for portability and "Loud" clean sound.If you are a classical or flamenco guitarist needing to be heard above the crowds or just want a great little guitar to play at home with effects..look no further than right here! The model I choose was all black. The only thing I had to do was add a tap plate to the guitar.

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    Cheap electronics

    I tried it out the guitar center and plugged into an amp especially made for acoustic-electric gtrs. I heard a bunch of hissing but thought it was the amp.So I ordered this gtr online...Read complete review

    I tried it out the guitar center and plugged into an amp especially made for acoustic-electric gtrs. I heard a bunch of hissing but thought it was the amp.So I ordered this gtr online and plugged it into my Mackie mixer: HISSSSSS. Very disappointed. I changed the battery and tried a different cable but still heard the HISS.I wanted to use it for home-made recordings and was looking forward to studying classical music again. I've always wanted a Cordoba becuz they play nice. I had an Ovation classical for the longest time but it doesn't have the wide neck a classical guitar should have. I was real excited when I got my Cordoba only to BE let down when I gOt home and plugged it into my equipment. It has Fishman electronics just like the Ovation so maybe I need to spend more $ to get the sound I want. Gonna look into the Takamine's. .. ..

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    5.0

    Great guitar for the money

    By John Lazar

    from Orlando, FL

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    Overall, I belive this is a fantastic guitar at this price range. After a little adjustment, I was able to get a beautiful sounding guitart with great singing tone. The pickup sounded great through the PA and acoustic. I'm very happy with the value for the money.
    Physically, nice wood work, decent hardware, easy playbility. Built in tuner and pickup, 2 band eq and phase button.
    Well built, nice wood for the dollars. The basic Fishman amp sounds pretty good throug a PA.
    I got mine for about $350. I think it's a great value for the money.

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    1.0

    Cordoba C5-CE

    By Luke Wieler

    from Calgary, Alberta

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    I don't think I'll try another Cordoba.
    Musician's Friend is great! The Cordoba guitar was not so great. Grain cracking through the lacquer on the back of the neck. Phantom buzzing inside the body. String buzzing around the 9th fret on A and D strings. Nice materials, horrible execution as a quality unit in my opinion. MF really is doing a great job though. I have a Takamine EG128SC on the way, so we'll see how that goes . Peace.
    Quality materials, but not craftmanship.
    Not long enough to tell.

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    5.0

    Cordoba C5-CE

    By Kerry Burtman

    from Kansas City, MO

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    Love this guitar. I play fingerstyle guitar and my Martin D-18 is sitting in the corner and gets picked up only about once a week now. I purchased a classical guitar and then went to buy strings for it. At the store, I found and played a C5-CE and instantly fell in love with it and purchased it. I think the only issue I have is that the frets could have been dressed better--scratched my left hand some during the first few months. The driving reason for my purchase was the sound quality. It has a very nice voice and resonates well. I have received compliments on this guitar for both its looks and sound. Plays great thru my acoustic amp. Another thing I might add is--a great company as well. The customer service I received pleasantly surprised me!
    Great quality for the price.

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    5.0

    C5-CE Classical Acoustic-Electric Cutaway

    By Kerry Burtman

    from Kansas City, MO

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    I bought my C5-CE in September of 2010. I had purchased a classical guitar that morning and had gone to buy strings when I came across the C5-CE. As it turned out--I bought two guitars that day and I have never bought a guitar the same day that I played it for the first time. I normally wait at least a week. This guitar is versatile in playing both classical and fingerstyle music. It does both quite well. My first impression was about how well it sounded. Its very bright and resonant and projects well without using an acoustic amp. I was also impressed with the quality of the guitar. It's nice to have a guitar that stays in-tune--good tuners are important to me. The only concern I have with the guitar is the fret ends--they could be better prepared. I don't play professionally but do occassionally play for friends and relatives and have received compliments on both the sound quality and the looks of the guitar. I still am in the market for a light guage steel string guitar with a 2" nut and when I'm looking, I can't but help use the C5-CE as a benchmark for my search. Dollar-for-dollar, I think the Cordoba C5-CE is a great buy. I would also add, the company provides great customer support and that is why I'm writing this review.

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    2.0

    Cheap electronics

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    I tried it out the guitar center and plugged into an amp especially made for acoustic-electric gtrs. I heard a bunch of hissing but thought it was the amp.So I ordered this gtr online and plugged it into my Mackie mixer: HISSSSSS. Very disappointed. I changed the battery and tried a different cable but still heard the HISS.I wanted to use it for home-made recordings and was looking forward to studying classical music again. I've always wanted a Cordoba becuz they play nice. I had an Ovation classical for the longest time but it doesn't have the wide neck a classical guitar should have. I was real excited when I got my Cordoba only to BE let down when I gOt home and plugged it into my equipment. It has Fishman electronics just like the Ovation so maybe I need to spend more $ to get the sound I want. Gonna look into the Takamine's. .. ..

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    1.0

    Bridge ripped off the guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    Bought this guitar, stored it in a softcase in my closet for a few months. Few months later, opened the case to find that the bridge had ripped off the guitar, tearing off a layer of wood around it.

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    5.0

    Everything I wanted

    By Wineguy13

    from Colorado

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    I bought this guitar after trying it out in a studio in the back of a music store, I then tried another one in a busy store. Both times I was impressed with the tone and playablilty. While the fret edges are a slight problem, they don't detract from the fact that this is a great guitar to play. Cosmetically, the guitar is gorgeous, but not overly adorned. I wanted the electronics so I could record myself without having to mic the setup. The electronics are superb and I used only the onboard EQ to get just what I wanted. The strings that came with it were a surprise.I thought I would change to pro-artes immediately, but I am going to leave the Saverez strings on for awhile. I have been playing for two years and wanted to have that beautiful understated tone you get with nylon. I thought this would be a starter guitar, but I don't see myself changing it. I am absolutely satisfied with it, and the gig bag is a nice touch, well-padded and snug.

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    4.0

    not quite satisfied

    By mike v

    from sherman, tx

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    first of all, i am a novice classical guitar player. i've only had steel string acoustics--martin d16, epiphone ef-500rav, and seagull s6. i bought this wanting a a willie nelson a/e sound but not expecting a great sound for the price. i have trouble with the flat fingerboard but what really bothers me is the strings breaking once a week or once a month. i have since learned that this is a common problem with nylon strings of all price ranges. this can be a fun guitar to play when the strings don't break but you have to tune it every time you pick it up. the quality is nowhere near a yamaha cosmetically. i understand these guitars are made in portugal. maybe that is like a fender made in mexico--i don't know. there were a couple of finishing flaws on the cedar top that look sloppy. anyway, i can see this as a real good beginner guitar for someone who is in to "classical" sound. however, the guitar does look good and plugged in has a good sound though weak in the bass. guess i'm not cut out for classical--like that loud martin john prine sound.

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    5.0

    A few quirks but excellent value

    By Rumbero

    from Washington State

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    I've been through two C5-CE's. I bought one in '04. It had the older B-Band pickup with no tuner. One problem I had is that the bridge mysteriously popped off (detached itsself from the soundboard). As it was brand new, they promptly replaced it with a newer '05 model. Apparently, manufacturing had solved the bridge problem by reinforcing it with steel pop rivets. Strong and effect, but lent a peculiar buzzing sound we noticed in the studio. I was surprised to see metal against wood on a classical guitar and fairly disappointed at such a cheap remedy. I then proceeded to make some modifications of my own, which of course voided the warranty, yet ended up to be the right thing for my guitar. I drilled out the pop rivets which quickly enabled the bridge to detach like its predecessor. However, the bridge was also kept in place by two small brads, acting as guides, leaving my bridge placement and intonation unchanged. Using the holes from the rivets, I re-attached the bridge using wood dowels and Gorilla Glue which ended up an a stellar bond to the solid cedar top, resulting in even better tone & sustain than came from the factory. The B-Band pickup does produce the richest natural tone I've heard from any electrified nylon guitar. It also has a wonderfully warm bass response that always impresses even the pickiest tone freaks, whenever I bring it out. My only grip about the B-Band is a characteristic hiss at higher volumes. Something to consider when playing live or in louder band settings. The intonation and richness of tone, thanks to the woods and construction, make this guitar worth so much more than its pricetag. A more seasoned guitarist buddy of mine bought the Gypsy Kings model thin body flamenco cutaway w/ Fishman blender pickup and ended up using my C5-CE every time we'd hit the studio. I also bought an Aria classical with Fishman electronics because it gets a stronger signal through the endpin, but my Cordoba w/ the B-Band still sounds better, it's just not capable of getting as much volume as the Fishman. I found that if I run my B-Band into a Fishman preamp, many of the bugaboo's vanish. My Aria is a nice guitar too but you can tell the difference in a Spanish made Cordoba right away. Most of the C5-CE's are made in Portugal and still sound better than Japanese or Chinese made classicals. This guitar might not be as hot as some of the high end classicals & flamenco models out there. But for the money you save, I'm sure you'll be just as happy, whether you're a beginner or a pro.

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    5.0

    Great Value but not quite up to par

    By GitarBob

    from Memphis, TN

    Comments about Cordoba C5-CE Acoustic Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    Playability and tone are simply marvelous. Neck is nice and slim, yet appropriately wide. Body finish is light and does not detract from the great woody tone of the solid cedar top. NEGATIVES ... 1) Even with close attention to humidity and using a good humidifer, sharp fret edges appear far too quickly. 2) Pickup tends to produce higher output level in the middle ('d' and 'g' strings) than on the ends 'e' strings. Tried a display model at a local store and it had the same issue. 3) Would not recommend this guitar for a beginner. It feels 'thin' and 'fragile.' 4) Not the highest degree of attention to detail in finish and polish. OVERALL a very nice playing and sounding instrument for cross-over guitarists. Not recommended for young beginners or devoted classical musicians.

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