The specialist guitar maker Cordoba started producing guitars in 1997. The company’s range includes a wide variety of classical and flamenco guitars, with prices and specifications ranging as widely. One of Cordoba’s stated objectives is to generate lightweight and resonant guitars combining traditional methods with contemporary ones. Winning characteristics are consistency in quality, tone and playability.
The 55FCE Negra Ltd Edition is a top of the range Cordoba featuring a thinline style body and killer pickup system, making it perfect for live work as well as recording.
This model was designed originally for the Gipsy Kings who have used it onstage for some time. It is handmade in Spain, with an excellent finish and attention to detail.
From Cordoba – “This thin body flamenco style guitar has a stunning natural look, with contrasting wood colours and unique features – from the solid European spruce top cedar top, to the zircote back and sides. The latter, is one of the most stunning tone woods around and it particularly characterises this limited edition Gipsy Kings model. You can pay less and have one of the ‘non limited’ models but it would be a hard choice to make! By the way, it’s the zircote’s fabulous colouring that earns this version is ‘Negra’ tag.
Indian rosewood is used for the bindings and bridge and it features a natural inlaid wood mosaic rosette, while its Spanish cedar neck meets the upper bout in a fluid and ergonomic manner, and beautifully contrasting its Zircote back and sides.
Both the 50mm nut and the saddle are made of cow bone for an improved sustain. The neck is very comfortable to play, even with hard tension nylon strings. (Savarez Cristal Corum in High Tension 500CJ are the recommended strings). Its 4mm truss rod helps keeping a consistent action and augments its longevity and sturdiness, which is particularly important if you are planning to take this guitar on the road and, like the Gipsy Kings, do a serious number of gigs per year all over the world.
Being a Flamenco guitar, the 55FCE features a double transparent pickguard (aka golpeador), essential for playing with the Flamenco technique, but also if playing with a pick as it protects the spruce top.
The dark ebony fingerboard makes this a very resonant guitar, and even with its thin body, this guitar has a generous and well-balanced response all across its range.
This guitar features a Fishman Prefix Problend, which as you will be able to hear from my demo is a really good system, particularly as it enables us to blend the Piezo pickup tone with a built-in microphone, which helps reproducing the acoustic quality of this instrument in a faithful manner.”
While the 55FCE was designed to play flamenco, in our opinion this is a versatile guitar, ideal for folk, classical, Brazilian music, and fingerstyle in general, particularly as the sound, although balanced and resonant, is not as bass-rich as a 4/4 classical guitar.
This one is in excellent condition, with no apparent player wear, no dings, dents or other impediments. It is set up well, and is a dream to play.
Comes in its original HumiCase Thinbody Protégé Case in new condition.
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