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.
Parlor Guitars recently included two Córdoba Guitars in their roundup of top parlor and small classical guitars, and we're pretty excited for our lil' guys! Check out their reviews:
On the Córdoba Requinto 580:
"From its humble beginnings, Cordoba has grown into one of the biggest nylon string guitar manufacturers in the world today. As expected, Cordoba is not afraid to produce non-conventional variations of their nylon string guitars, and one of these which falls under the parlor guitar category is the Requinto 580. This 1/2 size guitar comes packed with impressive features and for its size and it plays surprisingly similar to standard size instruments. This small guitar features a solid cedar top with mahogany back and sides, a traditional combination that works great for nylon stringed instruments. It even comes with traditional 5-fan Torres style bracing so it can reproduce genuine Spanish tones in spite of being small. Because of its compact size, the scale length is shorter at 22.8, which results in beginner friendly playability. To compensate, they strung this guitar with high tension strings so that it can be played in standard tuning. Other features include hand-inlaid wood rosette, and Indian rosewood detailing. While it can be a little too small for some players, professionals will appreciate it's elegant look and genuine sound."
On the Córdoba C9 Parlor:
âÂÂ"There's no denying that the C9 Parlor is a cool looking instrument. Far from being an entry level guitar, the Cordoba C9 Parlor sports an all solid wood construction, with either a solid Canadian cedar or solid European spruce top, paired with solid mahogany back and sides. Following traditional Spanish style guitar building, the top is supported by a fan bracing pattern which allows for more surface area vibration, resulting in improved projection and articulation. Interestingly, Cordoba opted for a shorter 22.75" scale length, which better explains the "Parlor" label, meaning that it looks like a classical guitar, but plays like a parlor guitar. Nut width is narrower but still close to standard specs at 1.97"."
Thanks for the affirmation, Parlor Guitars! You can read the full roundup here. Learn more about the Requinto 580 here, and more about the C9 Parlor here.
Córdoba artist Vahagni is a brilliant composer and guitarist. Combining flamenco, jazz, and world music, Vahagni’s previous three albums have wonderfully showcased his skills, and his numerous Córdoba guitars. With his most recent album, Imagined Frequencies, just released in September of this year, we thought we’d take a moment to check in with one of our favorite Córdoba artists and see what makes him tick!
Make sure to scroll through to the end to catch an exclusive first-look at Vahagni’s latest video, featuring his Córdoba Reyes!
CG: What was your first experience with Córdoba guitars?
V: My first experience was with the Loriente guitar- the Carmen. I was getting ready for a tour in China and Córdoba was gracious enough to get me set up with a great Loriente.
CG: What’s in your current guitar arsenal? In what situations do you find yourself using your Córdoba guitars?
V: Right now I have a Master series Reyes model, a GK Pro Blanca, a German Vazquez Rubio Rosewood, a Andres Dominguez from Spain and a custom electric made by Miroslav Tadic. The electric is like my mistress, no one knows about her and I am never seen in public with her! I use all my guitars for different occasions and needs.
CG: How and when did you start playing music? When did you decide to make it your profession?
V: I grew up with it really. My father is a professional guitarist so it was always in my life. I started practicing seriously around age 9. I never made a decision to do it professionally--that’s all I ever wanted to do, so I didn’t even have to think about it.
CG: What’s your writing process like? Do your Córdoba guitars help shape your sound?
V: My writing process is very open. It’s like a constant state of mind. Sometimes I write a piece in a day and other times it takes a couple of years, but the trick is to always create and be curious. I love my Córdoba’s for working in my home studio because I just plug in and record demos and ideas—I can work on my music instantaneously. I don’t have to worry about setting up mics and getting a sound. I just plug in and I’m ready to go, and that’s super important when you get an idea that could leave you any second if you don’t immediately record it!
CG: Tell us a bit about your new album. How did you go about writing it? How is it different from what you’ve done in the past?
V: The new album is called Imagined Frequencies. It was recorded in the course of a year. I did all the studio work in a week or two, but spent months post producing and editing by myself. I wanted to capture a sound that was as personal and “me” as possible, which I think is one of the hardest things to do in the studio. The album has a lot of different ideas and characteristics; it’s kind of like a snapshot of me at this moment in time as a player and composer. There are a lot of great guests and collaborations and I’m very happy with the turn out. It’s different in the way that I am different now—an album is like a self-portrait, so its always going to be different. I did also experiment with some sound design and post producing which I have never done in the past, and having the usage of featured vocalists like Concha Buika and Sebu from the band Capital Cites was also a new thing.
CG: What are your plans for the future? Touring? More writing?
V: I am focused on this album now. I will be touring in Tokyo in October and playing some shows in my home state in California. But the touring plans are being sketched out now for 2016, which should hopefully hit a lot of places!
You can listen to Vahagni’s album here, and read a great feature by NPR’s The World about the new album here. Learn all about Vahagni on our website.
We’re also excited to give you a first look at Vahagni’s video for Hazel, off Imagined Frequencies, played on his Córdoba Reyes. Enjoy!
Guitar Site recently rounded up the best nylon string guitars and organized them by three categories: under $500, mid-range, and top-of-the-range, and several Córdoba guitars were included on the list!
Coming in at just under $500, the Córdoba F7 was included in the first tier of guitars. Guitar Site writes:
"The Cordoba F7 Flamenco provides guitarists with an affordable way to enjoy the snappy and percussive tone of a genuine flamenco guitar, complete with a solid European spruce top and cypress back and sides. To get the percussive buzz that's distinct to flamenco guitars, the F7's action is set lower than that of classical guitars, making this instrument very easy to play especially with its 25.6" scale length and wide 2.04" nut width."
"The F7 is handcrafted to ensure a level of quality that goes beyond what you're paying for," they continue. "If you're looking to play traditional flamenco or if you're looking to spice up your tracks with percussive rhythm riffs, then check out the Cordoba F7."
Included in the mid-range roundup is the Córodba C7-CE:
"Cordoba again grabs a spot in this list with the C7-CE, a reasonably priced guitar with top notch craftsmanship, premium wood configuration and tone. Reviews and feedback are unanimous in saying positive things about the guitar, mentioning its great balance of feel, comfort and sound. For its mid-level price, the C7-CE comes packed with high-end tonewoods and built-in electronics, making it a true workhorse for gigging musicians that require a reliable instrument. Headlining the features of this modern nlyon stringed guitar is the solid Canadian cedar top which is supported by Indian rosewood back and sides. They form the guitar's resonant body which features a modern cutaway for easier upper fret access. The unplugged tone of the C7-CE is surprisingly loud for its size, all the while letting you hear the nuances of your playing. On stage, you can easily plug it in to an amp or PA, thanks to the Fishman Presys Blend Pickp System, which allows for natural sounding warm tones on stage."
We're so excited to be included in Guitar Site's list! Check out the full article here. Learn more about the F7 and the C7-CE on our website!
Córdoba artist Ben Woods was recently featured in Classical Guitar's most recent interview. We love Ben and all of the amazing demos he's helped us with over the years! And Classical Guitar writer October Crifasi seems to be a fan as well, writing:
"With an impressive list of flamenco and hard-rock collaborations and performances to his credit, Woods has crafted a unique and much sought-after sound and niche for himself, often referred to as 'flamenco metal.'"
Ben is pictured playing his Córdoba 55FCE, and discusses how he discovered and studied flamenco music and the intricasies surrounding improvization and collaborating with vocalists and dancers.
"In flamenco, everybody has their turn and everybody has their space. We're there to support each other, not step on each other's toes, and yes, it's all improvised, but as long as you know all the rules, and you're supportive of each other, that's how it works. No other forms of music or dance work like that. I find it very interesting."
Here at Córdoba Guitars, we always get excited by our new products and, obviously, heartily endorse them. But it's always nice to receive a little validation, right?
Córdoba products were featured in a few magazines this month as standouts from Summer NAMM in Nashville this past August (which you can read all about here). Let's take a look at this feature on the new C5 in Sunburst from Guitar Player Magazine:
Thanks Guitar Player! We think they're stunning too. You can learn more about the C5 SB and the C5-CE SB on our website.
Classical Guitar Magazine featured the Córdoba Mini in their roundup of new products as well:
Polish magazine Gitarzysta recently reviewed the Córdoba GK Studio Negra! Here's a little excerpt from the article on their overall impressions:
"This hand-built guitar of Spanish character can go with both the dynamic genre of flamenco and the more typical classical composition. With good quality sound, above-average comfort, and a very good finish, this is the perfect choice of guitar for more advanced players, as well as beginner guitarists seeking a good quality nylon guitar. The GK Studio Negra will inspire the development of the guitar beginner and handles successfully even for serious players."
Gitarzysta was also impressed with the high-quality Fishman Presys Blend pickup and the graceful construction of the guitar's cutaway. In conclusion, the magazine gave the GK Studio Negra a 5.5 out of 6 stars in comfort, sound, structure and price.
For all of our Polish readers, enjoy the full article below! For all of our non-Polish speakers--enjoy the pictures! And learn more about the GK Studio Negra here.