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Cordoba Fusion 12 Rose Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar Natural

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Product Price $799.0
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The Rose belongs to Cordoba’s Fusion Series, a line of high-quality crossover or hybrid-style nylon string guitars designed to play and feel like ste...Click To Read More About This Product

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A nylon-string guitar for steel-string players.

The Rose belongs to Cordoba’s Fusion Series, a line of high-quality crossover or hybrid-style nylon string guitars designed to play and feel like steel string acoustics. Most notably, the necks are carved thinner than traditional Spanish-style “classical” guitars and have a nut width of 48 mm (1-7/8 in.). With the option of 12 or 14 frets to the body on most models, these slimmer dimensions combined with a radiused fingerboard give the Fusion Series the feel and playability that most steel string and electric guitar players are used to. Tonally the Fusion Series models have all the warmth, body, and resonance that traditional "classical" nylon string guitars are known for, and are built using traditional Spanish guitar methods like domed soundboards and fan bracing patterns in the design.

Additional features include cutaway and non-cutaway body styles, Fishman or B-Band pickups, two-way adjustable truss rods, and Savarez Corum Alliance strings that offer the higher tension feel that most crossover players are looking for. Cordoba’s Fusion Series was first to effectively merge the feel of a steel string with the tone of a "classical" guitar, and with a variety of wood options and finishes, is one of the most comprehensive line of crossover style nylon string hybrids on the market.

The Rose is built with a solid Indian rosewood top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The neck has 12 frets or 14 to the body (14 Rose), and has an ebony fingerboard. The bridge, binding, and headstock overlay are made of Indian rosewood, and the rosette is hand inlaid using maple and rosewood rings. The 12 Rose is equipped with the Fishman Presys Blend pickup, and includes a deluxe Cordoba gig bag.

The 12 fret model more closely resembles a traditional classical guitar, and allows the bridge to sit a bit further back on the soundboard, where resonance is optimized for a large sound with long sustain. The 14 fret model has a more familiar upper register for steel string players. The bridge is shifted slightly forward from the center of the soundboard, increasing ease of playability for the steel string or electric player. More frets are exposed, creating an easier territory for soloing.

  • Body type: Classical
  • Cutaway: Single
  • Top wood: Solid Indian Rosweood
  • Back & sides: Indian Rosweood
  • Bracing pattern: Spanish fan
  • Body finish: High Gloss Polyurethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck shape: Fusion Style
  • Nut width: 1.90 in. (48 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Number of frets: 19
  • Neck finish: High Gloss
  • Pickup/preamp: Yes
  • Brand: Fishman
  • Configuration: Sidemounted preamp
  • Preamp EQ: 4-band
  • Feedback filter: Phase
  • Tuner: Yes
  • Headstock overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Cordoba Silver
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut: Bone
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Gig Bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Info not available
  • Scale length: 25.5", (650mm)
  • Fingerboard radius: 16"
  • Nut width: 1 7/8" (48mm)
  • Number of frets: 12 to body, 19 total
  • Body width at lower bout: 14.75", (375mm)
  • Body length 39.5", (1,003mm)
  • Body depth: upper bout: 3.7" (95mm), lower bout: 3.9" (100mm)
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CordobaFusion 12 Rose Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful Easy to Play with Great Sound!

By Groovy

from Reno, NV


  • Aesthetics
  • Mic Or Piezo Blend
  • Playability
  • Tone


  • Only Comes With Gig Bag

Best Uses

  • Gigs Or Open Mic Nights
  • Studio Recording

Comments about Cordoba Fusion 12 Rose Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

I have 2 other Cordobas and I love how full their tone and playability are - their necks are considerably thinner (from fretboard to back of the neck - not nut width) than most nylon string guitars making faster playing easier for me. So you can say I was a fan before purchasing my Fusion Rose 12.

The Fusion line caught my eye for two reasons: the radiused fretboard with a slightly thinner nut width and the Fishman Presys Blend function (on the higher tier models like Rose & Orchestra) that has a microphone and a piezo pickup that can be blended to get a sound truer to the tone of the guitar unamplified. The plunky and thin sound of the piezo is harder to warm up, but with the blended mic, you can easily get the right combination that cuts through the mix or gives a full sound spectrum for solo performances.

I was worried about buying one sight unseen, but I am completely happy with my purchase of the Rose 12 as it is easier to play for players used to electrics or steel strings because of the thinner nut (and the forementioned thinner neck). Another nice feature is the fret markers go past the 9th fret to the 12th and 15th frets, where on the C5 models there are only markers on 5th, 7th and 9th. This keeps me better oriented when playing leads.

One of the other things about Cordobas that I have noticed is they set the action super low on most of their guitars and to get a more classical sound, I have had to raise the bridge saddle to keep that muting buzz that flamenco guys love from keeping the sustain I need for some classical pieces. The Fusion is set just right with no need for adjustment and it has a slight radius as well.

If you are on the market for a nylon string guitar to get the sounds the steel strings just can't do, this guitar is worth looking into if you aren't a fan of the typical baseball bat thick necks that most Classical and Flamenco guitars have. This guitar is beautiful and has great sound plugged in and unplugged! If you want a fantastic crossover guitar, this is it!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Really Good Classical Guitar

By RockingSince03

from Idaho Falls, ID

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  • Beautiful wood
  • Electronic Are Good
  • Well Build


  • Slightly Unforgiving

Best Uses

  • concerts
  • Finger-picking
  • Just Chill'
  • Just chillin'
  • Practicing

Comments about Cordoba Fusion 12 Rose Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar:

Great guitar, it looks amazing- the pictures don't do it justice. If you have bad technique you'll get a little bit of a fret buzz. Its only on the low E and A strings- probably through the 4th or 5th fret. I've readjusted, raised the bridge a little and playing with both tightening and loosening the truss rod and I can't get it perfect, thought it is better. If you have good technique(fingers close to the fret on the fret board) it sound great, but if you're on the back half of the fret and playing louder than feels natural for the guitar it'll buzz a little. All in all really good though.

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