Cordoba Esteso Cedar Top Classical Guitar
NOTE: Due to new U.S. export restrictions, we can only ship guitars within the 50 United States.
Photos shown here are of the ACTUAL GUITAR you would receive.
Serial Number: M160040
Ships within one business day.
Before shipping, every guitar is given a thorough check including playing through every note, adjusting saddle & nut heights, checking neck relief, fret ends, tuning mechanisms, and finish. You can rest assured that your guitar will be flawless.
Lightweight with an incredible tone
The Esteso is a lightweight, small body guitar with a full size scale length. Its elegant appointments perfectly complement the Esteso's incredibly balanced voice. This guitar is handcrafted in Mexico.
Cordoba's Esteso is built with either a solid European spruce or solid Canadian cedar top, paired with solid Palo Escrito back and sides. Palo Escrito is a variety of rosewood, renowned for its striking figure, great volume, and light weight. The Cordoba Esteso has a more petite body shape than many full size guitars, measuring 13 ¾” at the lower bout. It has a 650mm scale length, 52mm nut width, and a comfortable classical guitar neck profile. Additional features include a Spanish cedar neck topped with an African ebony fingerboard, flamed maple binding, intricate pearloid rosette, nitrocellulose finish, and Esteso's 5-fan bracing pattern. Cordoba added a few modern refinements such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines, durable finish, and non-gut strings. The result is an instrument that exemplifies authentic Esteso designs, voicing, and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.
Cordoba obtained two 1931 Esteso models in order to study them inside and out, and play them over and over. The mission was to understand the essence of what gives these iconic guitars such an amazing voice and feel, and then recreate an instrument that possesses these characteristics and carries the same magic in its DNA. The process was a combination of science and feel; the wood thicknesses of the top, backs, sides, and braces were measured to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter, bracing patterns traced and mapped, and details of the materials, inlays, wood grains, and vibrations were all carefully analyzed. The guitars were played and listened to for hours to gain an understanding of the balance between the trebles and basses, resonance of the tops, and a sense for the feel and response of each guitar when played in a variety of styles and environments. Cordoba then partnered with Francisco Navarro Garcia, who is building each Esteso model with a small team of only a few builders, using traditional Spanish techniques in an old world-style workshop in Paracho, Mexico.
Domingo Esteso is considered one of the greatest Spanish luthiers of the 20th century, with a career that began in the 1890s, and continued through the 1930s. He is responsible for establishing one of the most famous workshops in Madrid, which was later inherited by his nephews. Esteso's instruments are characterized by their physical lightness, yet great volume and projection.
Made in Mexico
Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
Back/Sides: Solid Palo Escrito
Neck: Spanish Cedar
Rosette: 1931 Domingo Esteso
Tuners: Master Series Tuning Machines - Ivoroid
Truss Rod: Two-way Adjustable, 4mm
Bracing: 1931 Esteso 5 fan bracing
Case: Cordoba Humidified Archtop Wood Case
Esteso Cedar vs Spruce:
2016 Model Clearance Price (New):Ships within one business day.
The photos shown here are of the exact guitar you would receive.
Serial Number: 0366
The Hauser sound is famous for its perfect balance and clean separation of voices. Overtones are very controlled and resulting sound is incredibly pure, with a very focused fundamental at the core of every note. Because of this very pure and direct sound, adding color and nuance of sound is up to the player – moving the right hand over the soundhole yields a very liquidy and velvety quality of tone, while moving towards the bridge achieves a brighter, almost “brassy” sound. This style of guitar appeals to the player wanting maximum control over their own dynamic and modulation (tone color) choices. This guitar is handmade in the USA.
Perfectly balanced and refined.
Cordoba's Hauser is built with a solid Englemann spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. It features a Spanish cedar neck topped with an African ebony fingerboard.A few modern refinements such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines, durable finish, and non-gut strings were added to improve on what was not available in the 1930s but are essential today. The result is an instrument that exemplifies the authentic Hauser design, voicing, and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.
Cordoba obtained a 1937 Hauser model in order to study it inside and out, and play it over and over. The mission was to understand the essence of what gives this iconic guitar such an amazing voice and feel, and then recreate an instrument that possesses these characteristics and carries the same magic in its DNA. The process was a combination of science and feel; the wood thicknesses of the top, backs, sides, and braces were measured to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter, bracing patterns traced and mapped, and details of the materials, inlays, wood grains, and vibrations were all carefully analyzed. The guitar was played and listened to for hours to gain an understanding of the balance between the trebles and basses, resonance of the top, and a sense for the feel and response of the guitar when played in a variety of styles and environments.
The late Spanish maestro Andres Segovia is widely regarded as the most prominent figure to demonstrate through his outstanding playing that the guitar should be considered a viable, legitimate concert instrument, alongside the violin and piano. Previously, the guitar was viewed by the larger concert-going public as a somewhat limited “folk” instrument, belonging at home, or at most as a parlor instrument for the aristocratic elite. After rejecting many of German guitar maker Hermann Hauser’s first attempts at building a “Spanish” style instrument, Segovia finally accepted one built in 1937, deeming it “the greatest guitar of our epoch,”. It was with this Hauser that Segovia tirelessly concertized and recorded for decades, winning over audiences and critics little by little until the classical guitar’s position was secured as a concert worthy instrument. This 1937 Hauser is now regarded one of the most iconic guitars in history. It now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Made in USA
Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back/Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
Rosette: Mosaic & Rope Design Marquetry
Tuners: Master Series Tuning Machines - Ebony
Truss Rod: Two-way Adjustable, 9/64"
Bracing: 1937 Huaser 7 Fan Bracing
Finish: High Gloss PU
Case: Hardshell Cordoba Humidified Archtop
2015 Model Clearance Price:
(This is a brand new guitar in superb condition that has never been played other than by XGuitars for quality check.)
List Price: $2,199.00
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