Over ten years ago when I was looking for a new guitar something about Cordoba Classical Guitars caught my attention. Out of all the guitars I tried the Cordoba Mod 20 was the one I walked away with. Of course my budget at the time was a large factor in this decision.
This Cordoba classical guitar was perfect though, for my price range, and it had a better sound than some of the far more expensive guitars made by other companies. The $1000+ Cordoba that I tried was a bit better than the one I ended up with, but that one was too rich for my wallet at the time.
I invested $350 on the Cordoba Mod 20 and to this day I am still completely pleased with my purchase. I say investment because for me it was. I love playing guitar and I wanted one that would age well like a fine wine. And age well it has… The neck is just as straight as the day I bought it and the sound has become even better. The guitar was resonant then and now it is even more so, even with worn out strings. The finish has retained all of it’s original shine and luster minus the inevitable wear from regular use.
Buzzing strings have never been a problem with the Cordoba classical guitar I purchased and after all this time and use they are still not a concern. The tuning stays in place pretty well, and given the nature of classical strings I am completely satisfied in this aspect of the guitar. As the second classical guitar that I owned at the time it was a nice step up from the cheaper one I had been using.
If you are planning to use it for a Flamenco style of playing you might want to buy some protective pick guards to protect the Cordoba classical guitar from damage during golpes if the guitar you have in mind does not already come with pickguards. You will have to place the pick guards yourself , which does take a little bit of time if you want them to fit perfectly. Or you can also take them to your local guitar shop. Personally I chose to place the pickguards myself to really make the guitar my own.
I found a coffee can that was about the size of the soundhole and placed the guards where I wanted them with the backing still on them. Then I traced around the can onto the guards for the areas I wanted to cut to make a perfect fit. Since the pick guards are transparent they are barely noticeable anyways.
Cut them to size before removing the backing and applying them to your guitar and make sure you don’t end up with any air bubbles. I took all of my strings off to apply the pickguards. While the strings were off I also decided that it was a great time to break out the guitar cleaning kit and replace the strings as well for the complete new guitar look.
If you would like a cleaning kit suggestion I have been using the Dunlop System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit for years, and my classical and acoustic guitars looks great every time I clean them.
There is a huge selection of Cordoba Classical Guitars available to cater to the needs of any budget or profession. I know that my next classical guitar will be another Cordoba and most likely one of the Flamenco styles since I have been so pleased with the one I currently have.
As I mentioned about fine wine earlier… my Cordoba has aged very well and has a smooth, sweet sound.