The Cordoba Blog
Inspirations, announcements and other fun stuff from Cordoba Guitars!
October 21, 2013
We were delighted to receive this new release in our inbox this morning! Venice-based Cordoba artist, Matt Ellis, shot this video (a cover of Iggy Pop's 1990 hit, "Candy")
at the Lincoln Place in Venice, CA and the storyline follows two lovers through parallel universes, separated by time. When we asked him about why he chose to record this song with his Cordoba C7-CE, his responded, "There's something incredibly intimate about the nylon string guitar. It has a warmth and feel about it that you just can't get on a steel string. When we decided to record "Candy" & "Dangers of the Night", I tried them both on a steel string acoustic, but just couldn't get the right vibe. I borrowed a friends Nylon and knew that was the perfect sound instantly. That's what started my search for the best guitar to record with, which lead me to Cordoba. We're headed back to the Studio in December to record the new album, and the C7-CE will be coming along for the ride once again!"
Looking forward to hearing more from you soon, Matt!
October 7, 2013
This month, we're putting the spotlight on the ukulele. It's not often you see the lead singer of a band playing the ukulele as their primary instrument, and so when we met up with Denton, TX-based band Seryn, we had to pick the brain of lead singer Trenton Wheeler. He offers his perspective on everything from alternate tunings to his songwriting process. The most important part of his message? Don't limit yourself, and don't be afraid to try something new with your uke!
CG: How did you get into the ukulele?
TW: The ukulele as a song writing tool arose from a band I was in before Seryn. I played guitar for years, but I was inspired by my good friend Judson who used it in unique ways in the songs he wrote. Strangely enough, my parents bought me my first ukulele, a Cordoba 25
CK concert, for Christmas that year without any prior knowledge of me wanting one. From there I just started writing and writing and my poor guitar got neglected for a quite a while.
CG: How does playing the ukulele influence your songwriting process?
TW: The ukulele offered something the guitar wasn't. I found that the combination of the nylon strings and the difference in voicing let me hear melodies and chord structures that (mostly through a lack of proficiency) I couldn't yet achieve on guitar the way I wanted to. I always played steel string guitars as well, so the ukulele's more tender plucking and less metallic strum pushed me to explore dynamics more intently in my songwriting.
CG: What strings do you use on your ukulele and why? What tuning do you prefer (and why)?
TW: I play now on a Cordoba 20TM-CE tenor, and I've found that D'Addario J54 Traditional Hawaiian strings with the 3rd string aluminum wound provides the tone I most prefer. I have rarely played a ukulele in standard tuning, and since I felt it was a bit too bright, I tune all 4 strings down from GCEA to EAC#F# for a deeper tone. The traditional style with the 3rd wound help restore some of the warmth that I feel is lost with the Nylgut strings that come stock on most ukuleles today.
CG: What size(s) ukulele do you play? Have you experimented with other sizes?
TW: I play a tenor primarily, but have played around on baritone ukuleles many times and loved the feel. I have several ideas for songs that would go well with the tone and voicing of a baritone, so I know owning one is only a matter of time! I've also had a lot of fun trying out some different types of ukuleles like 6-string and 8-string ukuleles that offer their own unique sounds.
CG: Have any artists influenced your playing style? If so, who?
TW: It's hard to say any few artists have influenced me most. I find inspiration from most music; even what I might personally call "bad" music inspires me to do it differently. My influences come more in the form of songwriting than technical style, and I've found good songwriting in everything from folk to metal.
CG: What voice does the ukulele have in your band?
TW: No one instrument or voice leads in Seryn. It's more about how the elements work together to create atmosphere, environment, groove, and mood. The ukulele in the band is sometimes a more rhythmic element; other times it becomes a single voice that gives the song air and delicacy; and then sometimes it's textural, using delays and reverbs to create soundscapes; I even sing into the ukulele.
CG: What's the one accessory for a ukulele that you can't live without?
TW: My String Swing mic stand hanger! When playing live I can just hang my ukulele up right there on the mic stand when I'm not using it.
CG: Do you have any advice for budding ukulele players?
TW: Never limit yourself on the ukulele, and don't be afraid to do something different with it. Don't let the ukulele become last year's music trend, so use it make lasting music; it deserves the same respect any instrument does.
Get more on Seryn by visiting www.serynsound.com, and find them on Facebook & Instagram!
October 7, 2013
We stumbled across Denton, TX band Seryn through a fan’s photo from one of their shows on Instagram. Lo and behold, there was lead singer Trenton Wheeler wielding his Cordoba 20TM-CE front and center! After listening to a few tracks, we knew we had to catch Seryn when they came through LA mid-August.
The afternoon of their show at the Mint, Seryn came by Cordoba’s HQ in Santa Monica to do a quick video with us. We loaded the whole gang into the Cordoba van with their chosen instruments from our Artist lounge: Trenton on the Cordoba 35TS, Nathan on the Acero D10-CE, Aaron on the C9 CD, Jenny with her banjo, Carlo with his violin, and Chris with his shaker. It was a beautiful day in Venice, and we had picked a really cool mural on the boardwalk as a backdrop for our video.
Just as we were finally ready to hit record, we got busted and shut down– by the cops! Turns out we didn’t have the proper permit… whoops. A wonderfully kind Venice local named James tried to help us out by offering up his front yard, just across the way, but the police weren’t having it. Once they left, Seryn performed “Beach Song” for James in his front yard anyway, and we realized all had a sound check to get through! (Thanks again, James!)
We zipped through LA rush hour, made a quick stop at Guitar Center on the way, and hung out with Seryn as they set up for the evening. Man, do they have a lot of gear! As the sound technicians were making the final touches, we all relocated to the back room of the Mint, where we were privy to an amazing acoustic rendition of Seryn’s “Ivory Black.” We are very proud to present you with our final cut!
September 27, 2013
Don't miss your chance to win a free Cordoba ukulele! On October 1, head on over to our Facebook page
to submit a creative photo with your ukulele for Uketober month! We'll be collecting submissions throughout the entire month of October and awarding 3 great prizes to the photo with the most votes at the end of the month. Be sure to tell all your friends to vote, vote, vote!
: 35T Tenor Ukulele with Polyfoam Case
: 30T Tenor Ukulele with Polyfoam Case
*We saved two of our very first ukuleles from the 30 Series to give away to our fans! Winners will receive a Certificate of Authenticity with the prize.
: 22C from our new 22 Series
*We're launching the Cordoba 22 Series ukuleles soon. Here's your chance to own a 22C (concert size) first!
Are you on Instagram? Be sure to follow us (@Cordobaguitars
) and use the #cordobauketober throughout October -- we'll be awarding a special mystery uke prize
to the photo that gets the most likes at the end of the month! Click here to see all the #cordobauketober Instagram photos and videos!
For official rules and to submit your creative photo, please go to our Facebook page
. The contest runs from October 1 - 31, 2013. Good luck and happy strummin'!
August 14, 2013
Cordoba artist, Vahagni
, will be bringing his flamenco trio abroad to Beijing and Shanghai this September for a 3-day tour. The tour begins at Qianshuian Arts Center in Shanghai, a beautiful state-of-the-art facility dedicated to music and arts education. In addition to a performance at the end of the evening, you may join Vahangi in a flamenco master class! This will be a unique chance to learn from a flamenco master and meet with fellow flamenco students and enthusiasts.
For fans in Beijing, meet with Vahagni at The One Club! He'll be playing two shows back-to-back - a master class on September 7th and a special guest (fellow Cordoba artist, Kerman, and his band) on September 8th!
Sept 6th, Qianshuian Arts Center, Shanghai
Flamenco guitar master class (16:30- 18:00pm)
Vahagni trio show (20:00pm)
Sept 7th - The One Club, Beijing
Flamenco guitar master class (16:30 - 18:00pm)
Vahagni trio show (20:00pm).
Sept 8th - The One Club, Beijing
"Cordoba Night" with Vahagni trio and Kerman
For more information, please visit GuitarChina
August 2, 2013
For the entire month of August, you could receive a free gift or $50 or $75 back when you buy a qualifying Cordoba!
Follow this link
for the full details.
July 17, 2013
The legendary Gipsy Kings
are coming through the US on their annual summer tour and we're celebrating by hosting a sweepstakes for both Cordoba and Gipsy King fans!
: Win a signed 55FCE thinbody flamenco guitar
or a chance to meet the Gipsy Kings backstage at one of their shows!
Head on over to our Facebook page
or click here to enter
: The sweepstakes is only open until July 27th, so enter today to grab your chance to win. You may enter once a day and you may share this sweepstakes with your friends for extra entries. The lucky winners will be notified via email on July 27th, so please make sure to submit a valid email address. Sorry, this sweepstakes is only open to people 18+ with mailing addresses within the United States.
Good luck and thanks for playing!
Psst: Like Cordoba Guitars on Facebook
to make sure you're in the loop for future giveaways and contests.
July 15, 2013
Nashville opened up their brand new Music City Center to host the biggest Summer NAMM show in the past five years. With tangible energy and excitement in the air, Cordoba proudly displayed a selection of our newest and finest instruments, including the USA Made Master Series, all solid 30 series ukuleles, and our well-established Luthier and Iberia series. With a steady flow of dealers, artists, magazines, and Cordoba enthusiasts streaming in at all times, we sure stayed busy!
Cordoba has been on a steady upward climb over the last few years, as we strive to make the best nylon string guitars and ukuleles on the market. It seems as though our efforts and perseverance haven’t gone unnoticed – we’re thrilled to announce that we received the NAMM Board’s Best in Show Award for the “Company to Watch”! We’re indebted to and extremely grateful for those who have supported us over the years, and we promise we’ll live up to (and surpass) the hype.
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June 13, 2013
Córdoba Offers New Line of USA-Made Acoustic Guitars
SANTA MONICA, CA –
Córdoba Guitars is thrilled to announce the official opening of their California Workshop. Located inside their sea-side Oxnard facility, Córdoba’s California Workshop is a 2500 square foot manufacturing space built to accommodate Córdoba’s growing product line and offer instruments that are 100% made in the USA. Oxnard’s mild, stable climate makes it a favorable location for guitar building, and also offers close proximity to Córdoba’s Santa Monica headquarters. Staffed by a small team of experienced builders and overseen by luthier Kenny Hill, each guitar is made entirely by hand using premium materials. Córdoba is currently offering five models with various options, including a revamped version of the Loriente Sofia, and the brand new Master Series. “Making guitars in California has always been a dream for us and we’re excited to finally see it happen. We’re now making some of the best guitars in our company’s history,” says President Jonathan Thomas. In their first year, Córdoba intends to produce approximately 150 guitars, continuing their commitment to providing concert level instruments at affordable price points.
Inside the Córdoba California Workshop located in Oxnard, CA.
Kenny Hill, Jonathan Thomas, Alberto Chiappa and Tim Miklaucic examine the structure of an original 1964 Torres.
Córdoba's team of luthiers.
June 7, 2013
Cordoba Guitars Pays Homage to Iconic Luthiers with New USA-Made Line
SANTA MONICA, CA –
With their new Master Series, Cordoba has chosen to honor four master luthiers whose work has shaped the history of the nylon string guitar over the past 150 years, inspiring generations of guitar builders. Each Master Series model is a replica of an iconic guitar representing significant moments in the careers of Antonio de Torres, Hermann Hauser I, Miguel Rodriguez, and Manuel Reyes. Handmade with premium materials in Cordoba’s California Workshop, Cordoba has partnered with Kenny Hill to examine the original guitars, poring over nuances and specifications to get inside the mind of each maker. From Torres’ signature 7-fan bracing and unique small body design, to Hauser’s famed 1937 model used by Andres Segovia, the Master Series allows today’s players to get their hands on a slice of guitar history at a fraction of the cost.
The Master Series Lineup:
Torres – MSRP $4,275
Hauser – MSRP $4,275
Rodriguez – MSRP $4,275
Reyes – MSRP $4,275