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GK Studio Negra Spotlight

September 18, 2014

GK Studio Negra Spotlight

Guitar Center's award-winning YouTube channel recently focused its spotlight on the Cordoba GK Studio Negra!

The GK Studio Negra is the Rosewood counterpart to the GK StudioWhen we first came out with the GK Studio in 2009, we were surprised and thrilled to see how many different types of players gravitated towards it. Our original intent was to design an accessible flamenco guitar in the style of what the Gipsy Kings were playing ("GK", get it?). We made the body slightly thinner, used a 50mm nut width, incorporated a soft cutaway and a Fishman pickup and used the traditional flamenco combination of spruce and cypress. It turned out to be the perfect recipe for one of the most comfortable and versatile guitars any of us had ever played. Fast forward to 2014, and the GK family has grown to include a rosewood option (GK Studio Negra), along with all-solid upgraded versions (GK Pro, Pro Negra, & most recently, the GK Pro Maple). In 2015, we plan to expand our line to include limited editions with exotic back/side woods. Stay tuned and let us know what you think of the GK series in the comments below!

For the Love of Dogs

September 17, 2014


In any other circumstance, we would be so excited to promote and be a part of not only an amazing night of music (seriously, look at that line-up!), but a chance to win a GK Studio. However, in this case, it's a little more complicated than that. Earlier this month, we found out that one of our friends tragically lost her beagle, Jackson, after several rounds of emergency surgeries. Earlier this summer, Jackson was a completely healthy 7-year old dog with the sweestest, almost healing disposition. Rescued from a life of depravity and neglect, he was one of those puppies who soaked up every ounce of love that his "fur-ever" family provided. When Jackson started showing mysterious signs of pain last month, he was mis-diagnosed with a disk disease, and after 2 complicated surgeries and 8 days in intesive care, his little heart stopped. Upon further investigation, it was determined that he most likely had Foxtail

Here at Cordoba, our four-legged friends are near and dear to our hearts so we jumped at the chance to help Jackson's family out with their vet debt and spread awareness of Foxtail, a sneaky, dangerous and infectious plant that can work its way into a cat or dog through the nose, or inbetween toes and inside the ears, eyes and/or mouth.

If you empathize with Jackson's family, please consider making a donation (anything helps!) in his memory or even better, if you are in LA, come join us at El Cid on September 24 at 7:30pm for an awesome celebration of man's best friend and music.

Click here to read the full story, make a donation, enter the raffle to win 1 of 3 guitars, and/or buy a ticket to the show.


Dream Job Alert! [Digital Marketing Coordinator]

September 16, 2014

Cordoba is seeking a talented and energetic individual to fill the position of Digital Marketing Coordinator. This individual will work at the corporate office in Santa Monica, CA. As a Digital Marketing Coordinator, you’ll develop and execute B2B and B2C campaigns to effectively and strategically communicate with the Cordoba and Guild global communities. You will work with the Marketing Director and team on maintaining and executing a dynamic content calendar for both brands. Responsibilities include email campaigns, social media pushes, blogging, testing & strategizing for optimization, and planning for timely deliveries. This exciting role is an integral part of Cordoba Music Group’s growing Marketing department and will involve collaboration with Sales, Product Management, Artist Relations and Customer Service.

For more information about this job opportunity, please check out our careers page.

The Bruskers Duo's New Project

September 8, 2014

Bruskers Guitar Duo - Arirang

We hope you enjoy this new performance from our favorite Italian guitar duo, The Bruskers. This piece is called "Arirang" and it is an original composition for "Time After Time 05", a collection of traditional Korean folk songs. "Time After Time 05" is dedicted to the memory of the victims of the Sewol sinking on April 16, 2014 and features many artists from all over the world. For more information about The Bruskers and this project, please visit


Don't Miss Duo Del Sol in Santa Monica, September 13!

September 4, 2014

Duo Del Sol

Hardly Strictly Classical is proud to present Dúo del Sol at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater on Saturday, September 13th at 7:30pm!

Cordoba artists, Dúo del Sol are known for their highly provocative instrumental soundscapes as well as their heartfelt songwriting. These “avant-sonic acrobats” offer a musical experience like no other! Their performance at the Moss Theatre will feature choreography by Roni Blak of Blak & Blue Dance Project along with guest appearances by opera superstar Janai Brugger and legendary pianist and composer Starr Parodi.

If you'd like more information on this show or Dúo del Sol, please visit Information about the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater can be found at

Hardly Strictly Classical is a concert series with internationally acclaimed artists and local musicians presented at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater in the Herb Alpert Educational Village, 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica. This concert series is inspired by San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, founded by philanthropist and musician Warren Hellman. Hardly Strictly Classical is presented by Sarah Coade Mandell and Peter Mandell, in partnership with the Coalition for Engaged Education.


Holy Wars Flametal Cover

August 5, 2014

‹...and one more cover by Ben Woods on the 55FCE Negra Ltd. just for fun! This time Ben shares an electrifying cover of Megadeth's "Holy Wars."


If you like what Ben does on a nylon string guitar, you could give it a shot yourself! Here's a link to view Ben's tutorial on Heavy Metal Flamental/Flamenco technique.

Emma Ruth Rundle & The Cordoba GK Pro

August 1, 2014

Emma Ruth Rundle
is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, California - she also happens to be a longtime friend of Cordoba's! Emma has just wrapped up a tour promoting her solo album, "Some Heavy Ocean," and during her travels, she stopped by the Little Elephant recording studio in Toledo, OH to film a live session. Here she is performing her song "The Color" on the Cordoba GK Pro!


Meet the Gipsy Kings & Win a Cordoba Guitar!

July 24, 2014

The Gipsy Kings are in the middle of their annual summer US tour and are stopping at the Los Angeles Greek Theatre on August 30th for another fun and memorable performance. Don't you want to spend a warm summer evening dancing with fellow Gipsy King fans as the sun sets? Well this year, you can bid on the chance to meet the band backstage and win a signed Cordoba guitar! The winning bid will help the Fender Music Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Carpenteria with their music education programs. For full details and to place your bid on this awesome prize, click here. The auction closes on Thursday, August 14th. *Update: this auction is now closed. Thanks for participating and congratulations to our winner!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this video that we recorded on the back-patio of the Greek a few summers ago! Olé!


Classic Songs with a Flamenco Influence

July 16, 2014

Walk, Don't Run (and bonus lesson!)



When we released the 55FCE Negra (Limited Edition with Ziricote back/sides) at the Winter NAMM show in January, Cordoba artist, Ben Woods was one of the first to give it a whirl at Winter NAMM. He visited us in Santa Monica last week to record a few classic songs. We hope you like them! The first is a classic surf rock tune, perfect for a summery afternoon. "Walk, Don't Run" is originally by jazz guitarist, Johnny Smith, but you may recognize it from arrangements by Chet Atkins or The Ventures. In this demo, Ben applies his signature flamenco sound and around the 1 minute mark, he even show you how to try it at home! The second song is Sleepwalk, originally by Santa & Johnny. This song was originally arranged for a steel string guitar, but we think the tone of nylon strings nicely emphasise each romantic phrase.

Head on over to our Media page to see more videos from Ben and other Cordoba artists! If you would like to hear or see any particular songs, leave us your recommendations below in the comments section!


Player's Choice: GOLD!

June 26, 2014

Cordoba Wins Gold Player's Choice Award

We are feeling the love! Thank you for voting Cordoba as Acoustic Guitar Magazine's top Nylon String Guitar Brand this year!

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