Cordoba 14 Maple Crossover Electro Classical
Cordoba 14 Maple
Meet the Maple - a beautiful crossover guitar that features a solid European spruce top and flamed maple back and sides. The result is a bright, snappy tone and sweetly pronounced high end. Other than its strikingly beautiful back, the 14 Maple's main feature is its slim steel-string feeling neck (48mm nut width) and radiused fingerboard.
Available with 12 or 14 frets to the body, the Maple is ready for the stage with its Fishman Presys Blend preamp.
No upgrades available
Incredible value for money! Lovely solid spruce top with a little bear claw here and there and the flamed maple back and sides are a joy. I was really surprised at the acoustic volume and projection this guitar gives you, I wasn't expecting that from a nylon string guitar. Really nice bass response also. Playability is superb. Only problem is my steel string guitars are becoming a little neglected now! If you are looking for a quality crossover but don't want to re-mortgage in order to finance it; I would strongly suggest checking this guitar out.
I learnt guitar on a 3/4 BM Classico which I played until I was 14 when I moved to a electric Squire Telecaster and played electric ever since. I was looking to get the nylon sound of My classical first guitar but with a neck more like the electrics I’ve played the last 30 years. The Córdoba 14 is exactly what I hoped for. The neck is comfortable for an electric player with stumpy fingers like myself and the sound both acoustic and plugged in is great. Being able to roll between the mic and piezo pickup is great too as despite the mic giving a more natural sound you do of course get feedback issues and so rolling the mic down and upping the piezo works well if you are close to any amplification. I’ve also found the built in tuner useful. I generally tune by ear, but given with a nylon strung guitar you have a longer string settling time a built in tuner is really helpful. The sound and playability of the guitar is great and the cutaway and joining the body at the 14th fret gives super access to higher positions. The finish as far as I can see is perfect. Personally I’d go for a thinner, less glossy finish on an acoustic but for this price I’m being very picky and if a high gloss finish is your thing, this is flawless as is the lovely figuring of the wood on the back of the body. The tuners have worked perfectly so far, which again with a nylon string is very important, particularly if, like me, you have a very low tolerance to minor drifts in tuning and intonation. Overall: Pro’s: Superb neck Sound is fantastic both acoustically and amplified. Finish superb with some lovely wood grain apparent on the back. Excellent upper fret access. Accurate, solid tuners. Con’s: Being picky the fret ends are a bit angular and I’ll look to round them off a bit. The bridge is strung satisfactorily but personally I’d like the strings looped around themselves more to reduce the chance of tuning drift. Again this is more due to my being used to an electric, but given this is a crossover guitar that’s a big part of the people the guitar is aimed at, I’d like the bridge / action lowered (to more like a flamenco guitar) as at present it is quite high, being a particular issue if you do any string bends at the 12th fret or higher. Overall: A superb instrument at a competitive price point. If you are an electric player looking for a nylon acoustic, don’t hesitate to get one of these, but you may want to get a set up done to drop the action and dress the frets if you want perfection.