Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: individual on eBay
Features: C7CE. Spruce solid top and rosewood sides and back, laminated. Classical with a cutaway and Fishman Presys electronics. Built in Portugal, likely. Serial 12257. Mahogany neck, adequate tuners, bone saddle and nut. It's shot in poly, but not too thickly. The workmanship and detailing are quite impressive for a budget guitar. // 8
Sound: C7CE. Great price to performance. It sounds very good for a factory guitar and at $600 new, I never saw a guitar better over-all. It's loud enough; authoritative bass, though not loud and the trebles and mids are balanced and no tinniness. Plugged in it shines and is better than acoustic. It's a modest priced guitar in the Cordoba Iberia series. But it's good enough in its tone and response for anyone short of a pro. A serious student in college could play this guitar and make no excuses.
I have played a Marin Montero next to my own classical Concert caliber lutheir built guitar. The Cordoba is well below those guitars for tone, and is costs 10-20 times less. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: Very nicely made and finished. Good looking woods and the finish is not too thick. The tuners are decent, but could be upgraded to Gotoh or similar higher quality tuners. But the neatness, woode choices, design features and stock action are impressive. I am able to adjust the saddle height and nut slots and truss rod (yes, it has a truss rod, which is not a disadvantage in a modest priced guitar) myself to make it play nearly like a flamenco guitar. For a student or casual player, this guitar plays VERY nicely. // 9
Reliability & Durability: It's sturdy and well made. A classical guitar is not especially delicate, but does require a barely damp sponge in the case to keep it humidified. A poly finish will not be damaged by moisture. It's an inexpensive, but not cheap sounding or looking guitar. It's cosmetically very attractive. // 9
Overall Impression: I have played an older Cordoba FCWES (or similar model name) that is a flamenco type with cypress or sycamore back/sides. My C7CE is a nicer guitar in every way. I understand that Cordoba has boosted their QC in recent years. The Solista models are apparently quite good for a lot more money, but you could play one against a C7 or a C5 and make your choice.
The C7CE is an excellent value, very playable, sounds quite good although not a Concert caliber guitar. But for most folks, it's plenty of guitar if you can play a little or are learning to play well. A steel string or electric player would do well with this model used: not much $ to buy, easy action, good tone especially plugged in. // 9