The Córdoba Esteso is a light weight, small-bodied guitar with a full size scale length, based on the designs from the incomparable Domingo Esteso, one of the most skilled flamenco guitar makers of the 20th century. It is built with either a solid European spruce or solid Canadian cedar top, paired with solid Palo Escrito back and sides. Palo escrito is a variety of rosewood, renowned for its striking figure, loud volume, and light weight.

Esteso

Key Features

MSRP - $2,645 USD

  • Top Wood:
    • Solid European Spruce
  • Back & Sides Wood:
    • Solid Palo Escrito
  • Family:
    • Traditional
  • Style:
    • Classical
  • Construction:
    • All Solid Woods
  • Made in Mexico
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SeriesMaster
Item Number07701
MSRP$2,645 USD
Body TopSolid European Spruce
Upper Bout Width267mm (10 1/2")
Lower Bout Width349mm (13 3/4")
Body Depth Upper Bout95mm (3 3/4")
Body Depth Lower Bout100mm (4")
Body Length483mm (19")
Overall Length978mm (38 1/2")
Soundhole Diameter84mm (3 1/3")
Top Bracing Pattern1931 Esteso 5 Fan
Back and Sides WoodSolid Palo Escrito
Top BindingFlamed Maple
RosettePearloid Esteso Design
Top Purfling InlayMaple and Black Rope Pattern
Bridge MaterialIndian Rosewood
Saddle MaterialBone
Scale Length650mm (25 1/2")
Neck MaterialSpanish Cedar
Fingerboard MaterialEbony
Nut Width52mm (2")
Nut MaterialBone
Truss RodDual Action
Truss Rod Wrench4mm Allen Key
Neck Thickness 1st Fret21.5mm
Neck Thickness 9th Fret25mm
Frets Total19
Tuning MachinesCordoba Master Series Matte Gold with Ivoroid Buttons
Neck ShapeC Shape
FinishGloss Nitrocellulose
ColorNatural (NAT)
Tap PlateNo
StringsSavarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500CJ
Included CaseCordoba Deluxe Humidified Archtop Wood Case - Torres/Esteso

The Esteso Story

Why Esteso?

Domingo Esteso is considered one of the greatest Spanish luthiers of the 20th century, with a career that began in the 1890s, and continued through the 1930s. He is responsible for establishing one of the most famous workshops in Madrid, which was later inherited by his nephews. Esteso’s instruments are characterized by their physical lightness, yet great volume and projection.

Our Approach

We embarked on designing the Córdoba Esteso by examining two authentic 1931 Esteso models from the inside out. With a goal of understanding the essence of this iconic guitar, we studied wood thickness, bracing designs, material choices, wood grains, and vibration patterns. The combination of our own luthiers’ expert hands, trained eyes, and intuitive ears lead to an examination that was part science and part feel. After listening to and playing these guitars for hours on end, we fully analyzed the balance, resonance and response of the Rodriguez to fully inform our own design choices.

Construction

The Cordoba Esteso has a more petite body shape than many full size guitars, measuring 13 ¾” at the lower bout. It has a 650mm scale length, 52mm nut width, and a comfortable classical guitar neck profile. Additional features include a Spanish cedar neck topped with an African ebony fingerboard, flamed maple binding, intricate pearloid rosette, nitrocellulose finish, and Esteso’s 5-fan bracing pattern. Our small team of skilled luthiers has added modern refinements such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines and a breathable nitrocellulose finish to make this a guitar for contemporary players. A hardshell humidified archtop case is included.

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