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Córdoba Artist Vahagni Playing in Glendale, CA!

March 22, 2016




Córdoba artist Vahagni is playing what's sure to be an awesome show next week, March 30th, at the Stars Theater in Glendale. You can learn more about the show and ticket information here

Check out some of Vahagni's videos below--you definitely don't want to miss this incredible guitarist!





 
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José González Play a Córdoba Rodriguez in this ad from Uniforms for the Dedicated

March 17, 2016


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.  

Watch the video below and bask in the solumn beauty of "Line of Fire," José's fresh suit, and that stunning Rodriguez from our Master Series

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New Geordie Little Demo!

November 24, 2015


                    

Remeber a few months ago when we introduced you to Códoba Artist Geordie Little with this amazing original composition on a GK Pro Negra? Well, Geordie's back with another incredible demo. 

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!

 
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Italian Guitarist Finaz plans US Tour!

September 29, 2015



Finaz, an Italian guitarist and co-founder of Tuscan folk-rock group Bandbardo, is making his way across the pond!
 
Winner of the Insound Trophy for best Italian acoustic guitarist, Finaz has been traveling around and touring his home country, playing his Córdoba 12 Maple.

Luckily, he’ll be playing several shows throughout North America, with stops in Quebec City, Montreal, Boston and New York.
 
Check out the flyer below to see if Finaz is coming to a city near you. Then, enjoy this video of Finaz and his Córdoba Fusion guitar!

 




Click here for more information on Finaz. Click here for more information on the Córdoba 12 Maple. 
 
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An Interview and Video Premier with Córdoba Artist Vahagni

September 24, 2015




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!

 
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Córdoba Artist Ben Woods Featured in Classical Guitar Magazine!

August 28, 2015




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."

You can read the full article in the lastest issue of Classical Guitar Magazine. More info on Ben Woods and his 55FCE on our website and YouTube channel!


 
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Get to Know: Guitarist Geordie Little

June 14, 2015


If you follow our YouTube or social media accounts, you might have seen this amazing video from German guitarist Geordie Little on the GK Pro Negra a few weeks ago:

 

We received such a positive reaction from all of our Córdoba fans (not to mention being quite impressed ourselves) that we couldn't help but ask such a talented guitarist a few questions about his playing and his Córdoba gear!

CG: When did you start playing music? Did you always play a nylon string guitar, or do you also play a steel string/other instruments?

GL: I started playing guitar when I was 7. My parents bought me a little 3/4 classical guitar and bought me lessons. I continued playing classical until I went to high school and started getting asked to join bands, so my parents bought me a cheap second hand electric guitar and I started getting lessons with the school guitar teacher. In my first lesson he asked what I could play, and I tried to play some classical thing on my electric. I really had no idea what I was doing. Even though I could read music, I didn't even know what an Em chord was! But from there I went on to play Jazz and then started studying a Bachelor of Jazz Guitar at the Adelaide Conservatorium (in South Australia). After a year I decided it wasn't for me and gave up music altogether, before discovering the music of people like Kaki King and Andy Mckee about a year or so later and started playing again. But I still had never found a steel string guitar I wanted, so I started copying their styles but on a nylon, and it stuck.

CG: How did you develop the sound and style that you play now?

GL: After trying to learn a bunch of percussive finger style tunes by Andy Mckee, Kaki King, Eric Turnbull, etc. I decided to start writing my own music. I also started busking around the same time, but I found I wasn't making very much money and people weren't stopping. So I started looking for new ideas and stumbled across Erik Mongrain's video of Air Tap where he plays on his lap. But instead of learning someone else's tune like I had before I thought I'd just come up with my own way of doing it. This was about 4 years ago. So I wrote my first really percussive lap style piece, which, looking back, was terrible, but people started to stop and watch, and ask for more. So I kept writing them, and eventually it became just another technique I could call upon. Now I don't even think about writing a lap tune or a 'normal' tune, I just use whatever technique I have to in order to make a particular sound. I've gotten to the point where there are no rules any more. If I want a sound, I work out a way of doing it. There are no restrictions.

CG: When did you first encounter Córdoba? What Córdoba guitar(s) do you play?

GL: I heard of Cordoba guitars a while ago, and always heard great things, but I'd never had the chance to play one. But towards the end of last year I was in need of a new guitar and decided to start looking around, and, after trying a few different  brands, decided on the Cordoba GK Pro Negra. It sounds great for the techniques I use, has a great tone, and the pick up system is perfect for my percussive style.

CG: Does your Córdoba inspire you to play a certain way? Has it shaped your tone and overall style?

GL: I'm not sure if my Cordoba has shaped my style, but it is fantastic having an instrument that I can rely on to always sound good. My previous guitars always had small things that would bother me, but the GK Pro Negra sounds awesome the whole way up the neck, the percussive sound is great, and it just feels right. For me it just feels comfortable, a part of me, so I guess in that sense it will always shape the way I play!

CG: What are your plans for the future, in terms of music?

GL: My plan is to just keep doing it. Playing guitar, making music, developing ideas, coming up with shows - it's what I do, and it's all I want to do. My only real plan is to do whatever it takes to be able to share my music with people for the rest of my life. I don't want to be rich and famous, I just want to spend my life doing what I love, meeting people and connecting with them through music. Simple really!

Check out Geordie's website and Facebook here to check out more awesome tracks!

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Chuck Marfione, Owner of All Strings Nylon, Visits Córdoba Guitars

May 7, 2015



Chuck Marfione, owner of All Strings Nylon

Chuck Marfione of All Strings Nylon and Marfione Guitars came to visit our Córdoba custom workshop in California this past week! Chuck and his wife Magz have been doing great things over at ASN—from constantly upgrading their dynamic website to posting engaging content on their Facebook page, this duo has the small business model down pat. 

We showed Chuck around our Master Series workshop and introduced him to our dedicated team of luthiers, and we also gave him a sneak peek at some of our limited edition Master Series models. All Strings Nylon currently has one of the largest selections of Cordoba’s small batch Master Series guitars, and offers top notch customer service on every purchase. Whether it’s a Cordoba Master Series Torres or a Cordoba 15CM, you can rest assured that Chuck has personally inspected and set up every instrument himself.

Here’s a few pictures from Chuck’s visit with us; we hope you enjoy scrolling through them! Make sure to check out both All Strings Nylon and Marfione Guitars for more info and for a great selection of Córdoba guitars and ukuleles



Córdoba Custom Shop supervisor Andrew Enns talks Master Series construction with Chuck.


Finishing System Manager Drew Haines shows Chuck a limited edition Hauser with figured rosewood back and sides. 


Chuck snaps some pics of the Hauser on his iPad.


Quality Inspection Department Manager Guil Juliao and QI tech Mark Masson check out a Cordoba C5.


Vice President of Sales Scott Thompson shows Chuck the Córdoba warehouse. 


Andrew shows Chuck the bracing of a Master Series guitar. 

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Artist to Watch: Dave Martone

May 1, 2015


 

Córdoba artist Dave Martone has been mixing the nylon and electric genres together for decades; along with creating a unique, signature sound, Martone works for the National Guitar Workshop and conducts clinics through Berklee College of Music. He's about to release his next studio album, Nacimiento, later this month. Since Martone has been playing Córdoba guitars for years, we thought we'd ask him a few questions about his gear, his career, and his forthcoming album!

CG: What were your goals when you set out to write/record this album?

DM: To be honest, I did not plan on making this album. I was supposed to release another electric album with my label, but was struggling with inspiration and couldn't complete it. At the same time I was performing weekly in Vancouver playing solo nylon gigs, and wanted some accompaniment so I started to make some basic tracks in my studio to play along with.  I found it fun and started to make them more polished instead of just demo's

Then I started to do full songs, and re make covers for another group I play in called KaDaBrA.  What I would do would be to demo up the songs for the band, then write a chart out for us to perform at gigs.  This was how it came about. I pushed forward and before you know it, I had 16 complete songs.

CG: Did you do a lot of composing on your Córdoba?

DM: I have been using my main Córdoba (pictured) for recording and performing. I had my tech Barry Ewart do a few things to it for my liking and have been using D'addario strings on it with Planet Waves Cables. It is on many of the tracks on my new release from Magnatude/Magna Carta Records.

CG
What comes first, lyrics or melody? Does your Cordoba ever inspire you to take a song in another direction?

DM: Well, for me, there are no lyrics on this album so it is more a question of, is it the harmony or the melody that comes first. What happens is I try to intertwine them together to hear what both parts would sound like simultaneously.  Kind of a finger style technique.   Then I would break it down father into separate parts after I have the working form of the song.  I would then work on different voicing's for the chords and tweak the melody further to my liking. For me, sound is what is important. I have many electric guitars, but only a few acoustic guitars.  Each guitar has a certain "colour" and I know what colour is needed for each song. So to me, having the right strings on the guitar, and playing it with the proper tone variables/hand placement will help the song come out.  I will play a part over many times in the studio, until it "feels" correct. To me it could be technically perfect, but be cold and not breathe. It has to breathe way more importantly than be technically perfect.

CG: Your new album seems very heavily flamenco-influenced. What were some of your musical inspirations for the album?

DM: Well, it has an underlying spanish feel for sure! I started off when I was young on playing classical guitar. It has been with me for my entire life.  I have focused much of my carrier on the electric guitar, but to sit and play a nylon string, with just a bit of reverb through my amp is breathtakingly inspiring. 

Nacimiento will be released on May 19, 2015; check out Dave's website and Facebook for more information. And here's a little teaser of the upcoming album!




 

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José González Talks Recording, Playing and Córdoba Guitars

April 17, 2015




In this month's issue of Guitar Player, Swedish indie-folk singer/songwriter José González disucsses his latest album, Vestiges and Claws. González had an interesting approach to the album, opting to do a lot of the work himself:

"I decided to produce and mix the album myself so that I could concentrate on making the songs that way. Although I did record a few things in my big studio, I worked on a lot of the alubm in my kitchen at home, and there's something that happens when you don't have other people around that can help make things more soothing and mesmerizing. I also wanted to explore slightly more lo-fi sounds, because I'm inspired by the Microphones and other bands who sound like they're working at home in their own little world." 

When asked if he plays with a pick or with his fingernails, González responded, "When I'm on tour, I use a nail strenghtener from OPI, because after about three shows, my nails need the help. I also change my strings maybe once a year, because slightly used strings are easier on my nails."

Lastly, González discussed the guitars he used for the album:

"I always try to find the guitar that has the best resonance for the song. For example, my Loriente (Clarita) nylon-string resonates in the key of G, so I used that guitar on 'Open Book.' I also played Esteve, Alhambra and Córdoba classical guitars."

Check out Vestiges and Claws here. And make sure to check out González's performance at the Córdoba Guitars Lounge here!
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