How Cordoba’s New Stage Model Makes Nylon-String Guitars More Accessible Than Ever |

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Earlier this month, Cordoba introduced its first electro-acoustic nylon string, the Stage. It draws on the brand’s rich history of crafting traditional nylon-string guitars, as well as instruments that aim to bridge the gap for steel-string players. But what makes the scene in Cordoba so special? And why would you want to use a hybrid in the first place?

Multifunctional guitars are having a little while. The most obvious example is Fender’s Acoustasonic line, aiming to make the sound and feel of a steel string much more accessible to electric guitarists. and modern guitarists are always looking for new ways to expand their tonal palettes, and thankfully modern pickup technology and construction methods have made it much easier, all in one guitar.

No compromise

By making a hybrid instrument, there is always the risk that it becomes a “jack of all trades, master of nothing”. But given Cordoba’s reputation for high-end nylon-string guitars, it wasn’t exactly going to put its name to anything less than excellent sounding.

The construction and electrics of the stage work to make it sound like an authentic nylon-string guitar. First, the construction: the body is fully chambered mahogany, which means the spruce top can vibrate freely for a full, clear, unamplified sound, and for optimal sound transfer into the under-saddle pickup and internal sensors.

And the underseat mic is no ordinary unit. The entire electronic gear is the result of the partnership between Cordoba and Fishman to develop an all-new system, which produces the best possible amplified sound from the guitar. An under-saddle transducer is paired with an internal dual-body pickup microphone setup for a healthy balance of clarity and airiness: the under-saddle piezo transducer provides clarity and attack, while the body pickup system compensates for this with a more natural sound. If you need more airiness or a drier tone, the balance between the body sensor and undersaddle mic is easily adjusted with an integrated blend knob.

The finely tuned electrics and solid construction also work to eliminate stage feedback. Depending on your amplification situation, if you’re holding a very resonant classical guitar that’s plugged into a PA or monitor, that’s a recipe for howling feedback. This can often be recalled by the person picking up the sound, but it will most likely involve picking up a large portion of your sound around your instrument’s resonant frequency. With a guitar already designed to eliminate feedback, that means every part of its natural sound will be felt by the audience.

So the Stage’s construction and electronics work together holistically to create an easy-to-control, great-sounding nylon-string guitar – but it’s all for nothing if you can’t play the Thing.

More comfort

Why wouldn’t you be able to? Well, if you play electric or steel-string acoustic and are thinking of introducing nylon-string guitar sounds into your music, you might have stopped at a guitar shop and have tried a traditional nylon string guitar. If so, you will immediately have noticed that the neck and fingerboard are very different from what you are used to: there is often no fretboard radius at all and the neck is much, much wider. If you’re not used to the much wider spacing and complete lack of radius, nylon-string guitars can be intimidating, requiring a lot of work to get used to, and switching between thinner necks and rounding can complicate things further.

Cordoba Scene

The Cordoba Stage aims to make nylon-string guitar sound accessible to players who might not want to climb that particular wall. Rather than a traditional 52mm, the Stage sports a 48mm nut width. It’s not as thin as the nut of a steel string, often around 43mm, which means it still offers the wider string spacing that classic chord voicings sometimes require. The neck also has a 16-inch radius, which means chord shapes will feel much more natural if you’re used to electrics, or if you’ve just discovered that traditional nylon-string guitars have chord spacing. strings too wide for your hands or playing style.

And the solid, chambered body that reduces feedback and increases resonance also helps the guitar sound as thin as it is, yet full and clear: it measures just 40mm from top to bottom, thinner than most steels. string acoustics.

The best of both worlds

The sound of a nylon string guitar can be absolutely stunning and offer something completely different from what you might be used to. Similar to how the Fender Acoustasonic can bridge the gap between electric and acoustic, the Stage can make nylon-string guitars accessible to both steel-string and electric players. If you want to introduce the sound of nylon strings to your repertoire, but worry about the ergonomic challenges, you need not worry anymore.

Cordoba scene

And, of course, hybrids go both ways: if you’re a classic player, but find yourself wanting a more ergonomic instrument, or you’re tired of having to dial in feedback before every live performance, the stage is a great choice for your next guitar.

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