If you consider yourself a guitar afficianado, then Guitar Village should be on your bucket list. Located in Surrey, about an hour outside of London, England, Guitar Village houses tons guitars in a building dating back to the 15th century. A batch of Córdoba guitars, including a few Master Series models, is lucky enough to call Guitar Village home. We chatted with Vintage Specialist Sam, who filled us in on the Guitar Village history, and their relationship with Córdoba!
"The building was built in 1467 and there’s lots of marine timber taken from boats to make the main structure," Sam explains. "The building was originally three cottages so we still have three staircases and an open fire still working in the winter months."
Guitar Village likes to make sure their customers get the ultimate expience, says Sam: "We have 14 display rooms of different sizes and about 1,200 guitars in the shop. Most of the rooms have Persian rugs in them and each have different features. A couple of the upstairs display rooms have leather armchairs for the partners to sit in while the customer is choosing their next purchase."
Córdoba doesn't get forgotten amidst the stellar guitar selection, though. "All the guys here play guitar to a high standard and we all love the Master Series, the favourite being the Torres,"
One of the perks of the job? "There’re many highlights to working at the shop, such working round the best guitar available (new and old) and working in a lovely old building," Sam said. "I would say one of the main things that we all like is the large list of celebrity customers we get in the shop."
Keep scrolling for a few more pics of the Córdobas at Guitar Village! Learn more about Guitar Village here, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.
Cordoba is proud to introduce the latest addition to the Cordoba Mini Series: the Mini SM-CE. At first glance, the Mini SM-CE clearly stands out from other travel sized guitars, with its solid cedar top and striking spalted maple back and sides accentuated by a padauk rosette and binding. The solid cedar top provides a warm tone that’s nicely complemented by the brightness of the spalted maple, resulting in an instrument that really projects its voice. For those who want to plug and play, the Cordoba Mini SM-CE features a soft cutaway and Cordoba 2Band pickup. The hallmark of Cordoba's Mini guitars is the comfortable feel and string spacing of a full size guitar. The Mini SM-CE also includes a thin U-shaped neck outlined with padauk binding, 50mm (1.96”) nut width, and 510mm (20”) scale length. The Mini SM-CE comes with custom Aquila strings tuned to A, and a standard E tuning string set is also available. It includes a Cordoba gig bag, making it the ideal companion for road trips, vacations, and hanging out at home.
Cordoba’s best-selling 15CM is now stage-ready! The 15CM-E is a handmade concert ukulele featuring mahogany top, back, and sides, and Cordoba pickup with discreet soundhole controls. The perfect point of entry for those looking to pick up the ukulele, the 15CM-E has a full, rich sound that can now translate easily to the stage. Appointments like the 15CM-E’s abalone-style rosette, modern edge burst finish, and cream body and fingerboard binding set this ukulele apart from other models in its price range. Additional features include a silver tuners with pearl buttons, and premium Aquila strings. Beginners and professionals alike will appreciate the 15CM-E’s good looks and easy playability. The 15CM-E is also available in a natural finish without the pickup (15CM).
The 15TM is based on Cordoba’s best-selling 15CM, offering the next size up for players who find the concert ukulele a bit too small. This handmade tenor ukulele features mahogany top, back, and sides, giving this small bodied ukulele a full, rich sound. Appointments like the 15TM’s abalone-style rosette and cream body and fingerboard binding set this ukulele apart from other models in its price range. Additional features include a sleek satin finish, silver tuners with pearl buttons, and premium Aquila strings. Beginners and professionals alike will appreciate the 15TM’s good looks and easy playability.
Here at Córdoba HQ, we love José González. A lot. In fact, that might be understating our love affair with the indie singer/songwriter. So you can imagine our excitement when we saw this beautiful ad from Swedish clothing brand Uniforms for the Dedicated, which centers around José and his Córdoba Rodriguez.
Looks like we're not the only ones with #minimadness. Guitar Interactive recently published a review on the Córdoba Mini O, which features a solid ovangkol top and ovangkol back and sides, and gave this awesome little travel buddy a 4.5 out of 5 stars!
In addition to such pros as "great looks," "good hardware," and "excellent price," the Mini O is an all-around stand-out addition to a guitarist's collection, Guitar Interactive says: "This is another great insturment from Córdoba--not only a great travel companion for the avid classical guitarists who would like to practice with a traditional classical size neck with great portability, but it could be an additional new sweet guitar voice for live and studio work."
This "stunning," "handsome" Mini O could be all yours! Just enter our Mini Madness giveaway here and cross all of your fingers and toes!
Click here to see the full review on Guitar Interactive (page 188). Click here to learn more about the Mini O.
We were recently featured in the February issue of Music & Sound Retailer with one of our latest launches, the Córdoba Mini O-CE! Check out their feature below, and click here to learn about this newest addition to the Córdoba Mini line.
We had such a blast in Anaheim last week, showing off our newest Córdoba gear at NAMM 2016! Below is a quick recap of some press we received, including a gallery of images of our booth and beautiful Córdoba guitars and ukuleles!
Click here to see a video of Product Manager Brandon Schmidt introducing the new Córdoba Esteso, the most recent addition to our Master Series.
Along with this new video, Geordie's been busy at work recording his original music. You can listen to all of his music for free, or for a donation of your choice, here. To keep up-to-date on all of Geordie's latest ventures, you can follow him on Facebook here.
Enjoy this composition, Bells of Bochum, played on Geordie's GK Pro Negra. We can't wait to see what Geordie comes up with next!
"Nylon strings are known for being comfortable and easy to play, as such they are ideal for players who are looking for a relaxing instrument to play while they are on the move. Having established their reputation as a classical guitar builder, Cordoba is in a great position to design and produce quality nylon string acoustic travel guitars. Of their line up, the Cordoba Mini O took a spot in this list with its exotic looks, impressive specs and value for money.
While the label says mini, this compact guitar's lightweight body has a surprisingly powerful voice. This is made possible by the solid ovangkol top with ovangkol back and sides, and it's not just loud because the tone is articulate and warm. Adding to the many pluses of this instrument is its exotic appeal, thanks to the natural satin finish that better showcases the elegant grains of the solid ovangkol top. Other features include a U-shaped neck, 1.96" nut width, and a 20" scale length. If you're looking for a nylon string travel guitar, then check this one out."
We think this review pretty much speaks for itself. But if you need more convincing, learn more about the Mini O here! You can see GuitarSite.com's full roundup here.