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Reyes



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Overview:
The signature quality of a Reyes guitar is in its dual personality – when played gently, it sings sweetly with a beautiful melodic voice, yet when driven hard, the biting, aggressive side is released. Flamenco guitars like the Reyes have a lower action than classical guitars, and so there tends to be a slight amount of “sizzle” to each note. This is produced from a very slight amount of intentional buzzing of the strings off the frets. This is what gives a flamenco an almost snare-drum like “pop” to the sound – whether one is playing scales (picado), strums (rasgueado) or the other various flamenco techniques (such as alzapua, tremolo, etc), these guitars are built and set up to deliver the authentic flamenco sound.
 
The ultimate flamenco guitar.
 
Materials:
Like the majority of flamenco “blancas,” the Reyes is built with a solid Engelmann spruce top and solid cypress back and sides. It features a Spanish cedar neck topped with an African ebony fingerboard. Cordoba added a few modern refinements, such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines, durable finish, and non-gut strings. The result is an instrument that exemplifies the authentic Reyes design, voicing, and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.

The Process:
Cordoba obtained a 1960s Reyes model in order to study it inside and out, and play it over and over.  The mission was to understand the essence of what gives this iconic guitar such an amazing voice and feel, and then recreate an instrument that possesses these characteristics and carries the same magic in its DNA.  The process was a combination of science and feel; the wood thicknesses of the top, backs, sides, and braces were measured to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter, bracing patterns traced and mapped, and details of the materials, inlays, wood grains, and vibrations were all carefully analyzed.  The guitar was played and listened to for hours to gain an understanding of the balance between the trebles and basses, resonance of the top, and a sense for the feel and response of the guitar when played in a variety of styles and environments. 
 
Why Reyes?
Another legendary builder hailing from Cordoba, Spain is Manuel Reyes, who is widely considered the most prominent and influential flamenco guitar builder alive today – and arguably one of the top flamenco makers in all of history. Reyes are played by many top professional players, most notably Vicente Amigo, who has immortalized the Reyes sound on his best-selling albums. Reyes’ guitars are in such high demand that he is no longer taking new orders, making these guitars harder and harder to acquire.

All Cordoba guitars come with Savarezstrings.



OPTIONS

There are currently no additional options available for this model.

Item ID07160
TopSolid Engelmann spruce
Back & SidesSolid Spanish cypress
Binding/BridgeIndian rosewood binding / Indian rosewood bridge
Purfling/Inlay6 ply top purfling (maple/ebony/maple/ebony/maple/ebony) , 2 ply back & sides purfling (maple/ebony)
RosetteAll natural mosaic marquetry
FinishHigh gloss PU
Neck/FingerboardSpanish cedar neck (Traditional/Classical Profile) / Ebony fingerboard
Truss RodTwo-way adjustable, 4 mm
Scale Length650mm (25.6")
Nut Width52mm (2.04")
String Spacing at Saddle59mm
Fret Marker Inlays5, 7
Nut/SaddleBone nut & saddle
Number of Frets12 to body, 19 total
Bracing/Build2003 Reyes 7 Fan bracing
Body Width & Length285mm (11 1/4") upper bout width / 372mm (14 5/8") lower bout width / 487mm (19 1/8") body length
Overall Length1004mm (39 1/2")
Body Depth94mm (3 11/16") upper bout depth / 97mm (3 13/16") lower bout depth
Tuning MachinesCordoba Master Series Tuning Machines - Ivoroid
Strings500CR Savarez
ElectronicsNA
Tap Plate/Pick GuardClear Spanish Golpeador
CaseHardshell Cordoba humidified archtop case
Specs are subject to change.

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