#1
How do you rate Cordoba Classical Guitars? I've been going to Guitar Center and they seem to mainly have Cordoba and Ramirez classical guitars. I've yet to see any high end Yamaha's, Alvarez, Alhambra, Esteve, etc.

The Cordobas seem to sound better than the Ramirez that I picked up, a $700 cordoba sounded a bit better to me than a $3000 Ramirez!?

Just wondering what you guys thought about Cordoba. I may be purchasing a 45R spruce.
#2
Cordoba's are generally pretty good.

A buddy of mine has one, but I only played on it for a few minutes or so.

I don't have any particular problems with them
My God, it's full of stars!
#3
My friend got that same model from the GC at NYC. Sound real good for $700. He got the one w/o pickups, but was worth the trouble of getting them on later. Also the humi case is cool as well. go get it.
#4
i hate to say it but my guitar teacher (classical guitar) says stay away from Cordoba, i got a really nice yamaha classical from musicians friend, but if you have the money, i say get the Ramirez, most importantly just get the one you like the best
#5
I don't think I'm good enough to tell the difference between the $3000 ramirez and a $700 ramirez. And for some reason I liked the cordoba sound better than the ramirez. I think I need to try them again, blindfolded so I don't see the price or brand of them.

dlboru2: did your guitar teacher mention why to stay away from Cordoba? Which yamaha did you get?
#6
Cordoba appears to be pretty substandard to me, as though their clinging onto the tailcoats of being 'Spanish made'.

Ramirez is excellent but no longer worth the price. It has become commercialised and branded. The luthier who shot to the peak of classical guitar making has already died and his descendants don't seem to live up to his standard.

If you want something intermediate and below, get an Alhambra, Esteve, Almansa as I mentioned. Yamahas are a good alternative only if you want a beginner's guitar. At hgiher levels, it's far more worth it to get one of those Spanish brands.

At advanced levels and above, don't get a 'brand' guitar. Get a guitar directly from a luthier. No middleman charges and the specifications are custom-made to your likings.
#7
Quote by imLoUsY
Cordoba appears to be pretty substandard to me, as though their clinging onto the tailcoats of being 'Spanish made'.

Ramirez is excellent but no longer worth the price. It has become commercialised and branded. The luthier who shot to the peak of classical guitar making has already died and his descendants don't seem to live up to his standard.

If you want something intermediate and below, get an Alhambra, Esteve, Almansa as I mentioned. Yamahas are a good alternative only if you want a beginner's guitar. At hgiher levels, it's far more worth it to get one of those Spanish brands.

At advanced levels and above, don't get a 'brand' guitar. Get a guitar directly from a luthier. No middleman charges and the specifications are custom-made to your likings.


Thank you for your recommendations! How do I get in contact with the luthier directly? Maybe a website contact?

Also I'd like to try out the guitars first, but Guitar Center doesn't carry any of the brands you mentioned (at least at first glance). Where can I try these out? Maybe a specialized store? By chance know anything in the San Francisco, CA region?

Thanks!
#8
Luthier made guitars will cost you at least $2k or $3k for a small not-so-famous luthier. Sought after luthiers can get up to over ten thousand easily.

Are you sure you don't want a high end brand guitar? It'll be maybe $2k at most for a high-intermediate guitar.

When I mean intermediate or advanced, it refers to your CLASSICAL guitar standard. A top electric guitar player wouldn't do any justice to a luthier guitar unless he is trained in classical.
#9
i'm not exactly sure what I want right now, just the best classical guitar for under $2000 is what I'm aiming for. I'm just looking at my options. I think I'm leaning towards this:

Finding some guitar shop in San Francisco then trying out Alvarez, Alhambra, and Esteve until I find something I like. For some reason I like the spruce Cordobas =P But I'll do plenty of demo'ing before choosing.

THanks for the help!