Sam Bell reviews Cordoba's first nylon string electric guitar! Years in the making—the Cordoba Stage is a combination of mastery and innovation. Created to bring you the same unplugged acoustic Cordoba sound across all platforms, from studio to stadium. The Stage combines a solid Spruce top with a figured Flamed Maple Veneer for projection, volume, and a distinctive aesthetic flair.
Cordoba introduced their first Nylon String' Electric' Guitar at NAMM '22. Cordoba makes fantastic quality Acoustic Instruments, their venture into this hybrid territory is very welcome with the arrival of the Cordoba Stage.
What makes this different? The guitar has a thin line chambered body featuring a Fishman Pickup system, one pickup under the saddle and one in the chambered body. The guitar isn't designed to be 'Acoustic' per se, however it has an acoustic-like resonance which the pickups receive and a full-bodied Nylon Acoustic tone can be sent to a PA or Acoustic Amp. This tackles many feedback issues that can arise from using full-bodied acoustics at stage volume. The two pickups can be blended between using the 'blend' control, this can be further tweaked using the EQ control and volume.
The guitar neck is thinner than a regular Nylon String neck, more akin to an electric neck, however the width of the neck is the same as most traditional Nylon string guitars, pretty wide. The thinner neck compliments the Thinlinebody; it feels like you're sitting with an electric guitar as opposed to an acoustic. Cordoba have nicknamed this the 'Fusion' neck for this electric/acoustic blending of design.
The design of the guitar is beautiful with its edge burst finish. The chambered body has three small sound holes, which help project a little bit of sound are a really lovely touch. Three wooden controls on the body have a nice tactile responsive feel. The tuners and hardware feature high-quality intricate detail, the whole thing feels brilliant.
Playing-wise, whilst I'm no fingerstyle player, the guitar feels very responsive, and when plugged in, with the blend knob set towards having more of the 'body' of the guitar coming through, it doesn't feel like you're playing a thinline instrument. There's a lot of woody thud and thump available if you want it. Sonically, it doesn't feel 'thin' to play.
A few final details include a soft case which is quite incredible, super solid, and designed for this guitar only. It's also very eco, using recycled microfibers of plastics found in things like fishing nets. The whole package looks, soundsand feels great. And the retail price is pretty amazing for what you get, coming in as low as £580, depending on where you buy one from. For the quality of the instrument, the sound and what you get, I'd say this is a fair bang for your buck. Well worth checking out if Nylon is your thing, or if you're an electric player in need of Nylon sounds without changing the feel completely in your guitar armory, the Cordoba stage is well worth checking out. I loved it!
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