Review: Cordoba C10 Classical Guitar
Cordoba ‘Luthier Series’ Line of Guitars
Solid Spruce top
Solid Indian Rosewood back & sides
650 mm scale length
Price range from around $1100 USD (via Amazon 2017)
Video review link (4k quality): https://youtu.be/SlnPJa0m04g
Bradford’s Opinion at a Glance
- Good balance and volume overall in smaller rooms (I tried it in larger room and it wasn’t as good as my $7000 guitar but great for the price).
- Great tone overall, compared to my guitar it has a bit of a plastic sound on occasion but really nothing I would complain much about and good for the price.
- I wish factory guitars made raised fingerboards on all guitars above a thousand bucks but no one is really doing that until a much bigger price jump.
- You can’t compare it to luthier made guitars in the +$6000 range but for the price I’m impressed and would happily recommend it to my students. I’m teaching on it right now and I’m happy to continue doing so.
Cordoba’s Promotional Blurb:
One of the original models in Cordoba’s Luthier series, the Cordoba C10 is built with the choice of a solid Canadian cedar top or solid European spruce top with solid Indian rosewood back and sides. The C10 features a fan bracing pattern, which gives the center of the soundboard more surface area to vibrate and respond to the tension of the strings. A more responsive soundboard makes the guitar louder, and provides better tone. The C10 is the perfect choice for the serious classical guitarist, or for any player looking to upgrade to a concert-level instrument at an affordable price.
Like every guitar in the Luthier series, the C10 is built with Spanish heel construction, where the top of the guitar is attached to the neck, the sides are added next, and the guitar’s body is sealed by the installation of the back. This construction feature allows the entire instrument to vibrate as one unified piece. The C10 has the neck shape and flat fingerboard characteristic of traditional classical guitars, and includes the added benefit of a two-way truss rod built into the neck. Cordoba recently expanded upon the C10, offering two new options that appeal to guitarists from all backgrounds: the C10 Parlor, which has a 7/8 size body shape and 50mm nut width, and the C10 Crossover, which is a full size guitar with a slim neck profile, radiused fingerboard, and 48mm nut width.
Aesthetic touches like the pearloid weave rosette inspired by a 1920’s Domingo Esteso guitar add a touch of vintage elegance to this best-seller. Other premium features include an ebony fingerboard, rosewood bridge, and high gloss finish. The C10 includes Cordoba’s lightweight polyfoam case.
Specs via the Cordoba Website
- Top: Solid European spruce or Canadian cedar
- Back & Sides: Solid Indian rosewood
- Binding/Bridge: Indian rosewood binding/Indian rosewood bridge
- Purfling/Inlay: 6 ply colored wood top purfling, 3 ply maple and ebony back and side purfling
- Rosette: Pearloid “Esteso” weave
- Finish: High Gloss PU
- Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany neck/Ebony fingerboard/ Traditional (Classical) Style Neck
- Truss Rod: Two-way adjustable, 4mm
- Scale Length: 650mm
- Nut Width: 52mm
- String Spacing at Saddle: 59mm
- Fret Marker Inlays: 5, 7, 9
- Nut/Saddle: Bone
- Number of Frets: 12 to body, 19 total
- Bracing/Build: Spanish heel neck joint, Fan Bracing
- Body Width & Length: 290mm at upper bout, 370mm at lower bout/ 490mm body length
- Overall Length 39″
- Body Depth: 95mm (3.7″) at upper bout, 97mm (3.8″) at lower bout
- Tuning Machines: Cordoba Premium Gold Tuning Machines
Also see my other Cordoba Review:
- Cordoba C9 Parlor Classical Guitar (Small scale, solid cedar, mahogany)
- Cordoba C10 Parlor Guitar (Small scale, solid spruce, Indian Rosewood)
- C12 Cordoba Guitar (lattice braced, raised fingerboard)
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