Cordoba Friederich Cedar Top Classical Guitar
The Cordoba Luthier Select Series represents the marriage of peak instrument design and fine craftsmanship. Handcrafted by a team of elite luthiers in small batches, the Luthier Select classical guitar series brings new life to the designs that shaped the modern nylon string guitar. For over 15 years, Cordoba has been perfecting the art of Nylon string instruments, working in conjunction with teams all around the globe to bring authentic nylon string tone with the playability and longevity that a modern musician demands. As Cordoba has grown in tandem with the quality of their manufacturing, it is with great pride and satisfaction that Cordoba pays homage to the greats in luthiery with the release of the Luthier Select series. (Click here to hear the pronunciation of "Córdoba".)
Daniel Friederich was influenced by the legendary French luthier Robert Bouchet and has established himself as one of the most respected and influential luthiers in the world. Based out of France, Daniel Friederich made a name for himself with not only the silky, responsive tone of his instruments with powerful basses which project even in a large hall, but also with the graceful body shape and distinctive carved headstock adorning his guitars. The Luthier Select Friederich model salutes these construction methods, utilizing Friederich’s seven fan bracing pattern with delicately, hand-carved spruce braces and a solid Canadian cedar top. Featuring elegantly grained solid rosewood back and sides with rosewood binding, the Friederich’s understated beauty is made real with an intricate wood rosette and iconic carved headstock. The Friederich is finished using an ultra-thin Polyurethane finish to protect the delicate instrument without impeding the vibration of the soundboard. Complete with an included Deluxe Humidified Archtop wood case, the Luthier Select Friederich offers players a chance to enjoy the exemplary sound and feel of one of history’s premier luthiers.
Top: Solid Cedar
Back/Sides: Solid Rosewood
Rosette: Traditional Wood Friederich Design
Tuning Machines: Master Series Matte Gold with Black Buttons
Truss Rod: Dual Action
Bracing: Friederich Inspired 7 Fan
Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Case: Cordoba Humidified Archtop Wood Case
Made in China
This is the second classical guitar I have bought from XGuitars. I choose XGuitars for three reasons: 1) the excellent selection of fine classical guitars at a fair and reasonable price, 2) the friendly, knowledgeable, and timely service provided by Geoff Ferdon, and 3) proper guitar setup. The Cordoba Friedrich guitar arrived a few days after my purchase carefully packaged and perfectly set up. Simply put, this is the most beautiful sounding guitar I have ever played. The guitar has a deep, rich, and resonant sound. It has amazing volume without compromising the sound quality. Daniel Friedrich is a legendary luthier. This guitar incorporates all of the techniques he employed in building his guitars at a fraction of the cost. I recommend this guitar without hesitation to anyone looking for a concert quality cedar top instrument.
I have severe osteoarthritis, particularly in my left hand, so guitar setup is especially important to me. I asked Geoff to set the action as low as possible without creating fret buzz. He did so perfectly. I can sit and play for an hour without pain. Proper setup based on the guitarist's personal preferences is important for any guitar purchase to maximize your playing enjoyment. This is another reason for my choice of XGuitars. Thank you, Geoff!
This guitar is a fine example of a concert guitar in the mold of the French builders who's sound is clearer than the Spanish builders at a fraction of the cost than if you bought a Robert Bouchet, Daniel Friederich or Daniel Lesueur guitar. XGuitars as a company and it's service are excellent!! The definition of excellent is something done as well as can be done. They are a totally responsive seller!
I bought this guitar several months ago. I was a little nervous about it, as I did not have a chance to play it first. It, given the past year, I figured this was par for the course. Frankly, I couldn’t be happier with this guitar! The sound is gorgeous with very loud basses and beautiful trebles. Dynamic variations come through spectacularly, and the guitar has a nice volume. Geoff took extra care with the setup and shipping, so the guitar was in superb condition. I had planned to review this earlier, but honestly I’ve been spending all my free time playing...
I am glad that I listened to Geoff's opinion and chose this guitar. It is a beautiful and exceptional sounding guitar. The craftsmanship is extraordinary; the sound is clear and powerful. I have spoken with Geoff many times, and he is always extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The guitar came carefully packaged and set up perfectly. I wanted to buy a guitar from Geoff for these reasons. I have made the best decision on this guitar and this business. Thanks Geoff!