Review of Cordoba C9 Dolce classical guitar
Highly successful in the USA, Cordoba offers an impressive range
of classical and flamenco guitars which are now winning friends in
Europe, too. Giorgio Serci assess the very appealing C9 Dolce.
Cordoba started producing guitars in 1997, its top-end models
coming from factories in Spain and the bulk of its production
emanating from China. Its range includes a wide variety of
classical and flamenco guitars, with prices and specifications
right across the board. Apparently, one of the company's objectives
is to generate lightweight and resonant guitars combining
traditional methods with contemporary ones and it seems to have
been successful in this because its instruments are now among the
best selling of their kind across the USA.
So, let's have a look at the C9 Dolce we were sent for review.
Straight from a semi-rigid Cordoba polyfoam case (we're glad to
note, included in the price), this 7/8 size classical guitar has a
beautiful natural look, with contrasting wood colours and unique
features: from the Canadian solid cedar top, to the Indian rosewood
headstock, bridge, bindings, back and sides. One key feature is the
mother of pearl and ebony "Esteso" weave, which looks really
Its mahogany neck meets the upper bout in a fluid and ergonomic
manner. The elegant ebony fingerboard makes this a very resonant
guitar. The maple and ebony back and sides purfling are also
elegant and contrasting in colour.
Both the 50mm nut and the saddle are made of cow bone for an
improved sustain. Electric guitarists would find this 7/8 guitar
easy to play thanks to its narrow and comfortable neck. Classical
guitarists, on the other hand, may need a few minutes to adjust
their fretting hand technique to this really comfortable but
slightly narrower neck.
The first noticeable qualities are its sweet tone and impressive
sustain and it's hard not to fall in love with its petite body
size, which is comfortable to play as well as being very light and
resonant, just as the maker says.
As you will hear on our video, the C9 Dolce, is a versatile
guitar, ideal to play and record Folk, Brazilian music such as
Bossa Nova, Samba, and fingerstyle in general, particularly as the
sound, although resonant, is not as bass-rich as a 4/4 classical
guitar. For those of you who prefer a full size classical, by the
way, Cordoba also makes the C9 full size (4/4).
It took me no time to tune it and to feel at ease with its
action, with a very good set-up straight from the factory. Tuning
was made easier also thanks to its accurate classical style Cordoba
premium gold machine heads, which look and feel great.
In conclusion, I strongly recommend finding a Cordoba dealer
near you and trying the Dolce and its full size equivalent. If you
are looking for a really good quality classical guitar at an
excellent price, I'm sure you will be very impressed!
Check out the full review inc. video of the Cordoba C9 Dolce
classical guitar feature in The Quiet Room of
Guitar Interactive Magazine Issue 19.