C5-CE Review

manufacturer: Cordoba date: 12/21/2013 category: Acoustic Guitars
Cordoba: C5-CE
This guitar is a great match for classical and Folk players, and is recommended for players of either style, but mainly classical.
 Sound: 9.3
 Overall Impression: 9.3
 Reliability & Durability: 9.3
 Action, Fit & Finish: 9.3
 Features: 9.3
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overall: 9.4
C5-CE Reviewed by: MetalheadMark, on july 13, 2009
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Features: This guitar was made in an unknown year, in Portugal. There are 19 frets, and they all sound fine, with no buzzing. The neck is wide, for classical playing. It has a cut-away body, which makes it extremely easy to reach the top frets. The electronics are high-quality, with high control over the sound. The pre-amp was manufactured in Vaajakoski, Finland. The tuners are very stable and solid, the guitar can stay in tune for very long periods of time. // 10

Sound: The sound is perfect for classical and some Folk music, which is what I play in addition to metal. It has a very deep sound when played over the soundhole, with a very trebley sound when played near the bridge. The only way to get variety from the sound would to be playing it in different ways (Nails, flesh, pick, etc.). The pickup isn't noisy and sounds good. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The action is slightly high, but it isn't a problem unless you are trying to play Necrophagist solos on the high frets, and yes, I have tried that. Other then the action, there are no flaws with the guitar, the intonation, nut, finish, tuning pegs, etc. are all fine. The knobs on the electronics are very tight, and will not come loose. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I've played one gig with this guitar, and the only guitar problems were figments of my imagination. It worked perfectly, it stayed in tune, even with a capo on the third fret. I bought this guitar used and it was slightly banged up, but despite the injuries very well. The finish seems to have worn a bit. I would definitely use this guitar for a gig without a backup. // 9

Overall Impression: This guitar is a great match for classical and Folk players, and is recommended for players of either style, but mainly classical. If someone stole it, I would find the thief, and get my guitar back from them. I wouldn't go out and buy it again, unless it got damaged beyond repair, because I got a huge discount when I bought this one. The standard price is hundreds higher then what I bought it for. // 9

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overall: 8.6
C5-CE Reviewed by: RogerDSilence, on july 13, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 400

Purchased from: On Line

Features: The Cordoba C5-CEBK is a classical electric cutaway with a relatively shallow body (not the thin-body model)and a neck that is both thinner and more narrow (1.96" at the nut) than a traditional Spanish Classical model. It has a solid Cedar top, mahogany back and sides, black high-gloss finish and B-Band electronics and tuner. Made in Portugal. // 8

Sound: Given the rather shallow body, the guitar has decent volume unplugged, and it sounds fine when plugged in. It's a good accompaniment guitar for Irish & Scottish Folk music and for backing up poetry recitals. It's acceptable for classical & jazz if you're a capable player who can squeeze good sounds out of virtually any guitar. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: As with many guitars, the original action was high and needed to be reset - easily done. The quality of workmanship is quite good throughout. The finish, after two years, still looks new. It's simply a nice instrument. Given its price range, it's a very good deal. // 9

Reliability & Durability: This instrument has been played almost daily for more than two years, many times in public. It's opened up nicely and there have no problems at all. It's a very light weight guitar, giving the impression that it might be fragile, but that does not seem to be the case. Seems like it's destined for a long life. // 9

Overall Impression: Overall, this is a very good instrument with a pleasing tone. It plugs in well and is versatile enough to use in many settings. Probably most accurately described as a "nylon folk" guitar. As a long-time player and occasional performer, I have no complaints. I like it a lot. // 9

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overall: 10
C5-CE Reviewed by: campacj, on december 21, 2013
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Price paid: $ 249

Purchased from: Guitar Center (Tacoma, WA)

Features: This guitar is a standard-size classical with a cutaway, on-board tuner, and pickup system. It has a solid cedar top, which sounds significantly better than spruce IMHO. I've been playing guitar for 40 years and believe that this guitar deserves better than an 8.1 overall, especially in the under $500 price range. I tried guitars that cost over $1000 and they weren't as smooth to play nor did they sound as good as this one. I believe that it would be very difficult to get a better guitar without spending A LOT MORE money. // 10

Sound: Acoustically, this guitar sounded great, perfect for small, intimate performances. The tone is warm and balanced with good sustain. The bass strings can overshadow the treble if you are a little too bold in your style, but that is a problem that has always troubled classical guitars. Electrically, this guitar sounded great also. I suggest that you plug directly into a PA channel rather than go through an "acoustic" amp. The tone was a little bright when plugged, but adjusted well. The electronics are active and reproduce the acoustic sound well once the adjustments are made. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The C5-CE has a very smooth action that is low for a classical with no buzzing. I bought mine used, so I can't speak to the factory set-up, but I ALWAYS suggest that you take any guitar to a good luthier for a set up. The fit and finish were excellent and the workmanship is beautiful. I'm sure in this price range that the back and sides are laminated, but the top is solid and that's what really counts. Let's keep in mind that laminates have wonderful resistance to changes in temperature and humidity that can trouble solids. // 10

Reliability & Durability: I haven't owned this particular guitar long, but I feel it will last well and be very reliable. Once again, the laminates are a real help here. They reflect the sound well and resist warping or changes of any kind due to temperature and humidity changes. There is also a truss rod in the neck that many old-school classical players dislike, but it adds to the toughness of the guitar and makes the action more adjustable. The electronics seem well done and like they will last. The guitar seems solid and well made overall and I'm certain that with proper care I'll be set. // 10

Overall Impression: After 40 years of playing and performing, owning many guitars, and loving guitar music above all other forms, I am very impressed with the C5-CE. I think it will more than fill the bill for any serious player, no matter what level. I know that Cordoba's Iberia series is not well regarded by many old-school classical players because they use truss rods in their necks, but that adds to the guitar's reliability and fine-tuned action. So, get over it! This guitar is perfect for the player/performer who is on a budget. Les's be honest, most of us will NEVER own a $20,000 hand-made Spanish classical guitar! // 10

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