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Cordoba Torres Classical Guitar Natural

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Cordoba has chosen to honor four master luthiers whose work has shaped the history of the nylon string guitar over the past 150 years, inspiring gene...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 10-26-2017

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A handmade ode to master luthier Antonio de Torres with an Engelmann spruce body.

Cordoba has chosen to honor four master luthiers whose work has shaped the history of the nylon string guitar over the past 150 years, inspiring generations of guitar builders. Each Master Series model is a replica of an iconic guitar representing significant moments in the careers of Antonio de Torres, Hermann Hauser I, Miguel Rodriguez, and Manuel Reyes. Handmade with premium materials in Cordoba's California Workshop, Cordoba has partnered with Kenny Hill to examine the original guitars, poring over nuances and specifications to get inside the mind of each maker. From Torres' signature 7-fan bracing and unique small body design, to Hauser's famed 1937 model used by Andres Segovia, the Master Series allows today's players to get their hands on a slice of guitar history at a fraction of the cost.

The Torres Classical Guitar features a solid Engelmann spruce, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, and Spanish cedar neck with an ebony fingerboard. Other appointments include an Indian rosewood binding and bridge, a rope design wood top purfling with 3-ply back and sides purfling (maple/ebony/maple), and an all-natural mosaic rope and herringbone marquetry rosette. It also comes with gold Gotoh tuners with ebony buttons and a hardshell Cordoba humidified archtop case.

FEATURES
Top: Solid Engelmann spruce
Back & sides: Solid Indian rosewood
Binding/Bridge: Indian rosewood binding/Indian rosewood bridge
Purfling/Inlay: Rope design wood top purfling, 3-ply back & sides purfling (maple/ebony/maple)
Rosette: All-natural mosaic rope & herringbone marquetry
Finish: High gloss polyurethane
Neck/Fingerboard: Spanish cedar neck (Traditional/Classical profile)/ebony fingerboard
Truss Rod: 9/64"
Scale Length: 640mm (25.2")
Nut Width: 51mm (2")
String Spacing at Saddle: 59mm
Fret Marker Inlays: None
Nut/Saddle: Bone
Number of Frets: 12 to body, 19 total
Bracing/Build: 1856 Torres 7 Fan Bracing
Body Width & Length: 257mm upper bout width (10-1/8")/336mm lower bout width (13-1/4")/473mm body length (18-5/8")
Overall Length: 960mm (37-13/16")
Body Depth: 92mm at upper bout (3-5/8")/96mm at lower bout (3-3/4")
Tuning Machines: Gold Gotoh tuners with Ebony buttons
Strings: Savarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500CJ
Electronics: None
Tap Plate/Pickguard: None
Case: Hardshell Cordoba humidified archtop case

Cordoba knows classical guitars. And this beauty is just another great example. Order today!

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CordobaTorres Classical Guitar
 
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5.0

gorgeous tone, addicting playability

By nyjazzer

from New York, NY

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Pros

  • Beautiful Appearance
  • Beautiful tone
  • Easy to play
  • Luthier Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Living Room Playing

    Comments about Cordoba Torres Classical Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for a day now and haven't stopped playing it.
    It's a smallish instrument with a 640-mm scale length, based on an 1856 Torres guitar. The size makes it easy and fun to play, with no diminution of volume.
    Basses are rich, without being muddy, trebles are punchy and there's an evenness of tone and volume across the fretboard. Above all, there's a sweetness to the tone that's hard to describe more specifically.
    I've owned many expensive, luthier-built classical guitars over the years including Ramirez, Bernabe and Papazian, and this instrument is in the same class at a fraction of the cost. (I got out of classical guitar music for a few years and over time sold-off those earlier guitars.)
    I'll offer one caveat: it's probably best to sample the actual instrument rather than buying online. I played two of these guitars in two stores and they were quite distinct from each other. While the tones were similar, they had different tuners and neck profiles.

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    5.0

    Big sound in a little package

    By RectifiedGTRz

    from Knoxville, TN

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    Pros

    • Balanced Tone; Smaller Scale; Projects Well

    Cons

    • Plain Bone bridge; Slight Fingerboard Streaking

    Best Uses

    • Student Guitar; Recitals; Home Use; Recording

    Comments about Cordoba Torres Classical Guitar:

    After buying the Masterworks Hauser edition by Cordoba, I decided to would purchase the Torres as I have never played a smaller scale classical guitar. My hands are smallish, and I've always felt some stretches on my Michael Thames classical were hard for me. After the Torres arrived and during the first few moments of playing the guitar, I felt I had made a great choice. The Hauser edition is wonderfully neutral sounding, while the Torres has a pretty powerful sound that is reminiscent of a cedar top, but exudes a nice clear, balanced tone that isn't overly drenched in overtones (while still projecting some nice ones). The trebles are clear and the basses are pretty strong and not boomy.

    The Torres is definitely worth the price, and I would have probably paid "sticker price" for it. I was also surprised that Cordoba makes a case specifically for the Torres, so it fits inside nicely. I was expecting to get the exact same case that came with the Hauser model, but this case is a little smaller.

    I am a trained classical guitarist, and while I still love to play my handmade Michael Thames, both the Hauser and the Torres are getting more play time. The smaller scale seems to fit my hands a little better, and I am able to switch easily between the Hauser and the Torres. The fingerboard is supposed to be narrower, according to the Cordoba website, but I really don't notice that.

    Don't let the videos fool you: the Torres will sound great with just about any era of classical guitar music (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern). Before buying the Hauser model, I was skeptical of Cordoba, however the masterworks versions that I have are very good handmade guitars and well worth the price. I know the Torres will keep sounding better the more I play it, and the Hauser really opened up within a year.

    Do yourself a favor if you're looking for a nice, professional classical and pick this one up.

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