I bring to your attention my Cordoba C4-CE review. The company produces acoustic guitars of different levels, and today I will introduce you to the model of the middle price category. Full-size classical guitar made in Spanish traditions, complete with nylon strings and high-quality electronics, gave me pleasant sensations of comfort, simplicity, and sound. I’m in a hurry to share my impressions with you.
The guitar has a classic soft cutout on the body, making it very comfortable to play, and a right-handed orientation. But what’s really amazing about its price point, I would point out, is the wood the manufacturer used. Mahogany is considered the optimal wood for acoustic guitars, and here it’s made of a one-piece top, sides, and back. So the tone articulation is great. The Satin Polyurethane finish looks chic in the Edgeburst color, and the Abalone Rosette and bridge from Pau Ferro complete the look.
Neck, fingerboard, headstock
The Cordoba C4-CE has a slightly thinner fingerboard, C-shaped and 50mm wide. This design fits perfectly in a hand of any size, so it will suit players with small hands and thin fingers and provide easy access to the upper register. The fingerboard material is also Mahogany with a Satin Polyurethane finish, so my hand moved through it quickly and easily without encountering any obstacles.
The scale is 25.5 inches long and has 19 Pau Ferro overlays. This material is often used in inexpensive models and has proven to be a good choice. Although, of course, it loses out to natural competitors over time. And yet, here, too, the manufacturer surprised by placing a nut and saddle made of Bone on the fingerboard, which is usually an advantage of expensive guitars.
The Cordoba Gold pegs with mother-of-pearl buttons are not the highest quality, yet I can’t say anything bad about them. They are soft and hold the tuning well.
This model is equipped with electronics and will please those who like to use an amplifier. The Fishman Sonitone cartridge-mounted preamp (Piezo configuration) with 2-band EQ provides a clean, rich acoustic sound. The Fishman system is used in the famous Epiphone Hummingbird Studio. So with this guitar, you can safely perform on stage or use it to record your playing.
It is not difficult to guess that Cordoba C4-CE sounds excellent. For its segment, it is an excellent representative of the price/quality ratio, with options that you will not find in other models. The mahogany does its job, and the rounded surround sound envelops with its warmth and softness. I was really impressed with this model, and it turned out to be quite versatile for a classic. It sounded good on jazz and blues, and finger playing was easy, thanks to the Savarez Cristal Corum high-tension 500CJ strings that came with it.
When using Fishman electronics, I got bright, clean notes with no impurities, although you must remember that acoustic guitars’ bass is not as deep. It is because the guitar does not sound like a drum.
- Scale, in/cm: 25.6/65.
- Frets: 19.
- Fretboard radius, in/cm: 9.1/24.1.
- Type: acoustic/electric.
- Body material: mahogany.
- Neck material: mahogany.
- Neck joint: glued-in.