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Any guitarist should know that Cordoba and high-end classical guitars go together like tapas and good vino! And this exceptional Solista – a beautiful instrument hand-crafted in Valencia, Spain – shows off why Cordoba are such a force to be reckoned with in this market. Falling into the under $2000 price range, this guitar comes in at the more affordable region of premium. So what do you get for your money?
Just looking at this stylish but subtle guitar is enough to judge its high quality – the craftsmanship is flawless, and a testament to Cordoba’s reputation.
With a classical no-cutaway body shape, and a 25.6” scale length, the guitar sports a solid quarter-sawn Canadian cedar top with Spanish bracing, and a high gloss polyurethane finish. This top is fixed to the solid Indian rosewood back and sides with a rosewood binding and braided purfling, for well-defined and elegant detailing.
The traditional neck of the Solista is made of a highly-glossed Spanish cedar and joined to the guitar at the 12th fret with a dovetail joint. It features a smooth ebony fingerboard, with a nut width of 2.04” and 19 frets, with no inlays. You can’t fault the look and build quality of this exqusite classical guitar.
At the top of the neck you’ll find a beautiful hand-carved headstock with no branding, which houses six Cordoba premium gold tuners, with super stylish black ebony buttons. These are smooth to use and provide good tuning stability.
The bridge of the guitar is made from Indian rosewood, and houses a bone saddle, with a matching bone nut at the top. The Solista also ships with quality Savarez strings, and a hardshell case – a HumiCase Protege, which is incredibly rugged with a plush interior, and features a built-in humidification system, for optimal storage of your Cordoba.
The choice of materials and expert construction give this Solista a complex and rich tone. The rosewood provides it with a robust voice, while the Canadian cedar top produces a warm and melodic tone, which remains well-balanced. It’s overall very articulate, with crisp trebles and deep basses. The projection and resonance is substantial too thanks to the quarter-sawn wood – this Solista really sings.
You have to open your wallet quite wide for this Spanish-made Solista, but you certainly pay for quality.
The woods used lend themselves to a deliciously warm tone that would work wonderfully for professional guitarists or even advanced students (although, if you are a beginner and have the cash, you can’t really go wrong with this Solista!). The craftsmanship is superior, and the pride of Cordoba will certainly rub off on you with this exceptional nylon-stringed guitar.