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Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar Natural

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Slightly larger than the Requinto 580, the Cadete is a 3/4 size guitar (615mm scale length). It has the traditional Spanish 7 fan bracing, a solid Ce...Click To Read More About This Product

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A striking student model from a highly respected name.

Slightly larger than the Requinto 580, the Cadete is a 3/4 size guitar (615mm scale length). It has the traditional Spanish 7 fan bracing, a solid Cedar top and mahogany back and sides. Additional features include a hand inlaid wooden rosette, gold tuning machines with pearl buttons and a rosewood fingerboard. An adjustable truss rod is built into the neck. This is a great guitar for anyone looking for a lightweight, comfortable, and easy playing instrument.

The Cordoba Cadete comes strung with high tension Savarez guitar strings, which are meant to be used in standard E tuning only. For a guitar that is designed to withstand higher pitched tunings, consider Cordoba's C1 1/4, C1 1/2, or Requinto 580.


Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
Body type: Classical
Cutaway: Non cutaway
Top Wood: Solid Canadian cedar
Back & sides: Mahogany
Bracing pattern: Spanish fan bracing
Body Finish: High Gloss Polyurethane
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Traditional (Classical) Style Neck
Nut Width: 48mm (1.88")
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Mahogany
Scale Length: 615mm (24.2")
Number of Frets: 12 to body, 19 total
Neck Finish: Info not available
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Other
Headstock overlay: Mohagany
Tuning Machines: Cordoba Gold
Bridge: Indian rosewood
Saddle & Nut: Bone
Number of strings: 6
Special features: Tonewoods
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Not applicable
Country of origin: 

Whether you're buying for a young student or getting into classical guitar yourself, you can't go wrong with a genuine Cordoba. Order today.

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CordobaCadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best

The Cordoba Cadet is not a toy and I bought it for me. I play a lot and just need to get away from the big guitars at times. I looked at everything else...Read complete review

The Cordoba Cadet is not a toy and I bought it for me. I play a lot and just need to get away from the big guitars at times. I looked at everything else I could find on the market. I found feature and quality shortages in all of them exept the Cadet. I think the Cadet is as good as it gets.
The Cordoba Cadet is a reduced size, typical classical guitar. It has a cedar top, fan bracing, laminate mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck with a truss rod (key supplied). The rosette is inlaid wood. The fingerboard, bridge, headstock overlay, heel cap, and binding are rosewood. The Cadet has a backstrip and end piece. The nut and saddle are bone. The finish is gloss polyurethane. The tuners are gold color with pearl plastic buttons. The nut is narrow and the neck is thin. The scale is about 1 1/2 inches shorter than a normal classical guitar. This guitar is very light. It is supplied with a nice gig bag.
The finish is well done. The tuners work well and are nice looking. The rosette was inlaid very well. There are no fret issues at all and the setup was excellent. Construction is first rate with no sloppy joints inside and no glue globs. The gig bag is well made, nicely padded, and hinged to allow the guitar to be removed easliy. Intonation is fine and the sound is big and bold for a short scale and small body.
In my opinion, the Cadet is the highest value, reduced size guitar on the market. The features, quality, and sound are absolutely the best of the several I have tried. You can pay less and you will get less.

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good sound visual flaws in wood

Having a .188 neck this is a good classical guitar for people who mainly play steel string because the neck is similar in Width. the solid cedar top sounds nice although I was disappointed...Read complete review

Having a .188 neck this is a good classical guitar for people who mainly play steel string because the neck is similar in Width. the solid cedar top sounds nice although I was disappointed with the poor quality of wood, there were some unsightly brown streaks and The width of the grain varies a lot. I gave it a 3 because of the visual defects but it's a nice sounding guitar and probably the best narrow neck classical available commercially. I tried 2 antonio hermosas, both had bad necks wouldn't stay in tune 1 minute even after strings stretched a week. This guitar stays in tune very well.

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best

By JimBob

from East Tennessee

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Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

The Cordoba Cadet is not a toy and I bought it for me. I play a lot and just need to get away from the big guitars at times. I looked at everything else I could find on the market. I found feature and quality shortages in all of them exept the Cadet. I think the Cadet is as good as it gets.
The Cordoba Cadet is a reduced size, typical classical guitar. It has a cedar top, fan bracing, laminate mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck with a truss rod (key supplied). The rosette is inlaid wood. The fingerboard, bridge, headstock overlay, heel cap, and binding are rosewood. The Cadet has a backstrip and end piece. The nut and saddle are bone. The finish is gloss polyurethane. The tuners are gold color with pearl plastic buttons. The nut is narrow and the neck is thin. The scale is about 1 1/2 inches shorter than a normal classical guitar. This guitar is very light. It is supplied with a nice gig bag.
The finish is well done. The tuners work well and are nice looking. The rosette was inlaid very well. There are no fret issues at all and the setup was excellent. Construction is first rate with no sloppy joints inside and no glue globs. The gig bag is well made, nicely padded, and hinged to allow the guitar to be removed easliy. Intonation is fine and the sound is big and bold for a short scale and small body.
In my opinion, the Cadet is the highest value, reduced size guitar on the market. The features, quality, and sound are absolutely the best of the several I have tried. You can pay less and you will get less.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well Made Small Classical Guitar!

Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

The Cordoba Cadet cedar top guitar is well made, nice looking and most importantly, great sounding. I tried out several others in this price range, but this little Cordoba blew them all away. The cedar top really resonates and gives a nice warm, full sound for a small guitar. I also like that the neck width is not as wide as the full size classical, but wide enough for finger style guitar playing.

The tuners held tune well, but I replaced them with a set of Gotoh Classical Tuners from Stew Mac for a more subdued look. I also replaced the stock strings with a set of D'Addario Pro Arte classical strings, which greatly improved the tone and intonation. I recommend replacing the stock strings as soon as possible as they are pretty poor quality. I also lowered the action some on mine, filing the nut slots some and lowering the saddle as the setup "out of the box" was a little high for my liking. But that's personal preference, others might like a higher action on a classical guitar.

All in all, I'm very happy with this guitar and would definitely recommend it to anyone, not just the beginner player.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Classical Guitar

By Larry O

from Southern Wisconsin, USA

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Pros

  • Beautiful Appearance
  • Comfortable size
  • Excellent Tone Volume
  • Great price

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • All Classical Application
  • Any Place You Want A Clas
  • Travel

Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

The sales pictures don't do this guitar justice, it's absolutely beautiful and the workmanship is perfect.

The voice is full and rich. I have a full size classical guitar that I bought for it's beautiful sound, and this guitar sounds just as good as that one.

When I got the guitar it had a dead "B" string, that just went "thunk" at the first fret. As soon as I replaced that string (it had a nick in it.) the guitar's true voice came out. So if you get one and it doesn't sound right, check the strings before you give up. I can't wait to see what this guitar sounds like after it opens up from playing.

I bought this guitar for my own use, as my full size classical guitar is just too big for me. The size of this guitar is perfect for me. "Just a note of caution here." There is no industry standard on fractional size guitars. If you need a smaller size guitar check the actual scale length of the one you are looking at before buying it. This guitars scale length measured twenty four and two tenth inches.

One last note, this guitar is very comfortable & easy to play. Did you ever sit an a chair and just say "ahhh?" Well this guitar feels like that.

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  • No

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little guitar, large sound.

By Nicholas_J

from Atlanta, Georgia

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Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

There is little more that I can say other than that I was completely blown away by this guitar. I bought it to have a second nylon string "travel guitar". It sounds very close to a full sized classical, the fret board is pretty much flawless and smooth, and I cannot locate any flaws in the finish at all. I can't distinguish the neck from the neck of a full sized classical. It plays great and the sound is close to that of a full sized classical guitar as well.I can't recommend this guitar enough. Not merely for a beginner. I have tried several other 3/4 sized nylon string guitars in the past, and this guitar is probably the best in class.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best student classical guitar I have seen

By ProudFather

from Fort Worth, TX

Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

I just purchased the Cordoba Cadet 3/4 Classical Guitar for my daughters birthday and all I have to say is WOW! It looks great! I was considering purchasing the Yamaha student classical, but after seeing this beauty, I knew this was the one for my daughter. The fit, finish, action, and sound are impeccable, not to mention the gig bag that comes with this guitar is outstanding - heavy weight nylon. I must say for the money I paid and the features this guitar has, spend the little extra and purchase this guitar for your child.After years of experience playing classical and fingerstyle, I really wish I had this guitar to start out on when I was young.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really great quality

By bumblefighter

from Salt Lake City, UT

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Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Great finish
  • Great tone
  • Light Weight
  • value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practice
    • Travel

    Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

    This has been a great guitar. I contacted Cordoba directly with concerns I had heard about bridge issues, which they responded was an extremely low number and was absolutly an isolated incedent. Also they responded that if that were to happen they would replace it under their warranty. So without hesitation I got it in the mail and it has been a fine little instrument. Tone is surprising, make is great-really good finish. Light weight, and easy to play. Great value.

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    • No

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Decent Tone in a Compact Form Factor

    By Still in Awe

    from Minneapolis

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Learning child
        • Travel adult

        Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

        The made-in-China Cordoba Cadet is well-finished and, thanks to its solid top, produces reasonably-rich tone for a 3/4-sized instrument. That's the good news. The bad news is that my particular guitar exhibits irregular frequency response (spikes and dips in sonic output at different points along the fretboard). It's not annoying enough for me to discard the instrument, but it explains my Three Star rating.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent guitar, great sound, great quality

        By Chris Hoffman

        from Dallas, TX

        Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

        I bought this guitar for my son who is beginning classical guitar lessons. The instrument has a wonderful sound, easy to tune, is a good size for young musicians, and looks beautiful. When he is not practicing, I get to play it, too! I highly recommend this guitar if you are looking for a classical guitar for a beginner.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A surprising little guitar for adults

        By silkesmom

        from Raleigh, NC

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Good Value
        • Short Scale For Comfort
        • Very Playable
        • Well Made

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Good For Smaller Hands
          • Travel Guitar For Adult

          Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

          Many adult classical players are opting for smaller scale instruments to extend their practice time and for hand comfort. Not all 3/4 guitars have the same scale measurement, so be sure and check. My regular guitar is 660mm scale, and some pieces are quite a stretch for me. I am hoping this little guitar will help me play comfortably into my old age. I found my Cordoba Cadete (barely) used and in pristine condition, so it was a great way to test smaller scale comfort without a big investment. The guitar has great tone and projects well, too. I am happy with it.

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          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar

          By DJ

          from Paducah KY

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          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

          I have soreness and stiffness in hands and fingers had trouble stretching to make chords on my Taylor ns64. I am a fingerstye player and not much of a strummer. I searched the internet for an alternative and found that 3/4 guitars were easier to play for such problems. The only problem was quality mostly kid's instruments.This guitar had good reviews and with Musician's friend return policy a figured I couldn't go wrong. I was really impressed with this guitar really like the way it plays easier on my hands. the finish is good you can see some imperfections where the glue didn't get wiped off the wood before finishing but really that is minor. Tuners are good quality as good as the ones on my Taylor. It has good bass and nice treble's and hey, It's all solid wood no plywood. The volume is good not as loud as a full size guitar. I have brought the action down a little from the bridge saddle. frets are good. intonation is also good. no dead spots. I put D'Addario Pro-Arte EJ46 Hard tension strings on it and I installed a Ghs A137 sound hole mic. I have since sold my taylor and play this little gem all the time. Give it a try you can't go wrong.....

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          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          good sound visual flaws in wood

          By badger

          from mn

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          Pros

          • Fret Board Even And Flat
          • Good Volume Sound Projection
          • Light Build Good Vibration
          • Nice sound

          Cons

          • Large Black Spot On Neck
          • Unsightly Streaks On Top
          • Very High Action

          Best Uses

          • Classical For Steel Players

          Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

          Having a .188 neck this is a good classical guitar for people who mainly play steel string because the neck is similar in Width. the solid cedar top sounds nice although I was disappointed with the poor quality of wood, there were some unsightly brown streaks and The width of the grain varies a lot. I gave it a 3 because of the visual defects but it's a nice sounding guitar and probably the best narrow neck classical available commercially. I tried 2 antonio hermosas, both had bad necks wouldn't stay in tune 1 minute even after strings stretched a week. This guitar stays in tune very well.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Smells like teen spirit.

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

          Sound is great. I love this guitar, even though I've never played it. The only draw back is that it smells like a mix between chewing gum and shoe pollish. Oh well. Maybe your's will come with a fresh pine smell.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Go with Kremona

          By Whatever

          from USA

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practice

              Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

              I've previously owned two of these Chinese-made nylon-stringed guitars. My earlier two were better built. This most recent one, while still having pleasing tone for a short-scaled 3/4, suffered from abysmal fret dressing (actually cutting my wife's finger when she first picked it up) and a tension 'dimple' near the bridge. For a moderate bump in price, I now believe the Bulgarian-made (relax, they're a member of the EEU and NATO) Kremona S58C solid-topped 3/4 (which I also own) provides equal musicality, meticulous construction, and the prospect of a longer service life by virtue of the company's obvious attention to detail. Disclaimer: the third Cadette may have been a production anomaly...so if you have your heart set on one or the Kremona is a bit too spendy, go ahead and give it a chance thanks to Musicianfriend's superb customer support policies.

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Decent guitar for the money

              By classicalgitgurl

              from Denver, CO

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              Pros

              • price
              • Size

              Cons

              • Comes With High Action

              Best Uses

              • Arthritic Left Hand
              • Smaller Hands
              • Travel

              Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

              Good little guitar. I changed strings right away to improve clarity in the trebles. Basses were tubby until I put on new strings and now much better. Still a few dead notes. First position is a little tight feeling, maybe a nut issue, but I have found that same issue in other Cordoba guitars at the higher end, C9 and C10. I also lowered the saddle very slightly and that has helped somewhat with the action. Finish around the bridge is a rough.
              Guitar has lots of harmonics. More melodic than expected. Really can't go wrong for the price.

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A big hit.

              By BSN

              from Bend, Oregon

              Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

              My 25 year old son picked this guitar out for Christmas and he loves it! It's a beauty both in looks and sound. And with a discount from your sale and a 20% coupon via email, it was purchased at an awesome price! I scored big time with this purchase.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              Great guitar!

              By Buck

              from Natchez, Mississippi

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar:

              The Cordoba Cadete 3/4 size guitar is a beautiful instrument at an affordable price. Don't let the "made in China" label inside put you off. The Chinese are building musical instruments that are every bit as good as any made in the USA (or Spain, for that matter). I'm very happy with this instrument, and I especially enjoy its 3/4 size, with ample volume and tone.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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