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Cordoba C5-CE Iberia Series Acoustic Electric Classical Guitar with Gig Bag
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- Solid Cedar top
- Mahogany back and sides with soft cutaway
- Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
- Fishman Isys Plus Pickup
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Presenting the Cordoba C5-CE
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. Handmade in the traditional Spanish style, the C5-CE also features an all wood inlaid rosette, rosewood binding, hand-carved headstock, fan bracing system, and bone nut and saddle.
Why the C5-CE?
The best-selling C5-CE follows the style the traditional Spanish build, with the addition of a soft cutaway and Fishman Isys+ pickup, with an onboard tuner. The combination of the solid cedar top with mahogany back and sides gives the C5-CE a warm, round sound.
The Fishman Isys+
Fishman's Isys Onboard Preamp Systems are dedicated to providing maximum value in a small footprint. These preamp systems feature Volume, Tone shaping, and Phase controls (see photo); a pre-wired Fishman Sonicore pickup and low profile control knobs. A separate battery box is located near the bottom of the guitar. To conserve the battery, unplug the guitar when it is not in use.
C5-CE Full Specs
Solid Canadian cedar top, mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard, bridge and binding, natural high gloss PU finish, 50mm nut width, 650mm scale length, Fishman Isys+ pickup, Savarez Cristal Corum strings. Available in left-handed. Optional Cordoba Deluxe Gig Bag.
More about the Iberia Series
Iberia models range from half to full size, and feature solid Canadian cedar or solid European spruce tops with African mahogany, cypress, or Indian rosewood back and sides. The scope of the Iberia series is quite broad; whether you're browsing for a student model, traditional classical, traditional flamenco, or a stage-ready nylon string guitar with a cutaway and pickup, you'll find what you're looking for! These completely handmade guitars are lightweight, with a warm, resonant tone and comfortable playing action. All models include two-way truss rods.
More about Cordoba Guitars
Founded in 1997, Cordoba seeks to guide the evolution of the nylon string guitar, blending traditional craftsmanship of the early master luthiers with modern developments. Inspired by the organic beauty and honesty of acoustic instruments, every Cordoba is lightweight, responsive, and a direct descendant of the Spanish tradition. Cordoba continues to challenge the definition of the acoustic guitar without sacrificing the authenticity of its heritage.
|Solid Canadian cedar top|
|Classical with Cutaway/Pickup|
|Sleek thinbody design|
|High Gloss PU finish in Jet Black|
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After putting off purchasing a nylon string guitar for quite a while I decided it was finally time to bite the bullet and pick one up. I researched classical guitars for under 500 dollars and this model kept coming up in the results.
I am glad I decided to go with this one, the sound from the wood used is very rich and the notes ring crisp and clear with the kind of separation of tone you would expect from a guitar that would cost you much more. The fingerboard is wide and easy to use and it makes chording and picking the notes easy. I would recommend this guitar for anyone looking to pick up a nice classical style guitar and not wanting to get a second mortgage to pay for it.
I know you're suppose to store your guitar in a case, but this one sits on a stand in the living room and I play it before going to work and before going to bed everyday. I has become my favorite guitar in my collection.
The C3 is only acoustic classical, no pickups or plug ins or even a button drilled into the body. The C5-CE has the cut-away, the tone control/power panel, the battery cage & pickup plug--no strap button (which I'll probably have added soon). There'll obviously be a sound difference due to the body style and cut-aways on the C5-CE, but I was also surprised at how the play is different, once I had both guitars next to each and I could compare them. I am surprised to say that I still like my C3 better than the C5-CE...but they are guitars for different purposes.
The string action on the C5-CE is, well...TAUT...compared to the C3. This can be good or bad, depends on what you're going for. Just know that there is definitely a difference. The C3 has a brighter, louder tone than the C5-CE. The C5-CE has a beautiful warmer, tighter sound. Both guitars handle flamenco strumming/arpeggiating just fine, with the C3 being the more "responsive" of the two. But, don't let my comparison between an AMAZING entry level classical guitar and an AMAZING entry level electric classical guitar dissuade you from the C5-CE! Of all the CEs that I tried (that weren't 4 figures, ha!), the C5-CE had the best tone and action of them all, and I am extremely happy with the sound and performance so far...Like I said, it's much better than the handmade Peruvian guitar that I tried.
But, when you've got two performers with two classical guitars & two vocals along with some percussion...you have to make your compromises so that the venue in which you may find yourself (read: SMALL, ha) and the limited sound equipment you can bring with you can handle all the equipment.
Shipping was fast and as promised. Bag is NICE, with "Cordoba" written on the front. Light gray, sturdy ballistic nylon
material. Great stuff, Amazon, thanks!!
So, now that I've had my Cordoba C5-CE for a few months, I would change my review to 4 stars. The sound is still AH-MAZING, warm, lovely. But, as I started breaking in the guitar, I started getting buzzing from the strings. I changed out the saddle for one from a high end classical guitar (in the 4 figure range type of guitar), and that helped for a little while. Then I had the strings raised just a titch, which helped for a while. Then I taped down all the electronics in the body of the guitar...until finally there was just an AWFUL buzzing that could not be corrected. I wrote to Cordoba with the standard 'fix it or replace it' spiel to them; they emailed back with the specs and tolerances for string height, tension, etc...and gave one more piece of advice: check the battery and the battery door. Sometimes that can cause the buzzing. Sure 'nuff, it was the battery being too loose in the battery box, and the door rattling with the string strumming. The quality of the sound is wonderful for the price of the guitar, that still is a 5-star review. The problem is with the string buzzing (reported before by a few other folks, too), and the fitting of the electronics, all of which seem to be corrected now. And, now that I've added the Savaris Cristal S540 high tension strings, this guitar really sings!
Oh, one other thing that annoys me with this guitar: the onboard Fishman tuner doesn't tune as well as my Korg tuner. The Fishman seems to tune things just a bit off. I just keep my Korg tuner close.
Bottom line is, you'll have to baby the guitar to get it where you want it, but once you do, you'll love it!