The Córdoba Torres Spruce Top Classical Guitar is the culmination of centuries of classical guitar making, largely inspired by the work of the great luthier Antonio de Torres, but with modern design elements that make this guitar accessible to guitarists today. Original Torres guitars are known for their surprisingly huge sound, despite their small and lightweight frames. The Córdoba Torres carries on this legacy with its big voice and shortened scale length. It is based on a specific 1856 Torres with a 24.8” body size and 640mm scale length. It features a narrower nut width and slightly narrower neck that is extremely comfortable to play. (Click here to hear the pronunciation of "Córdoba".)
Handmade in the USA
Cordoba Humidified Hardshell Case included
Small body with a big voice
Beyond the beauty of the construction, one of the most amazing characteristics of an original Torres guitar is the amount of sound produced by such a small and lightweight instrument. After examining three authentic Torres guitars, we decided to base the construction of our own Torres on an 1856 model that features a smaller body (24.8") and shorter scale length (640mm). The Cordoba Torres is built with a solid Engelmann spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. The neck is Spanish cedar, 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 1800s but are essential today. The result is an instrument that exemplifies authentic Torres designs, voicing, and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.
The three original Torres guitars were studied inside and out and played 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 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.
Antonio de Torres was one of the most important guitar makers of the 19th century, building between the early 1850s and 1892. Today, a Torres guitar is as revered and collectible among guitarists as a Stradivarius violin is among violinists. Torres created a body shape, bracing pattern, soundboard arch, and other design elements that were revolutionary for his time, transforming the guitar into a much louder and resonant instrument with more projection than any guitar before its time. Torres guitars are still the elite standard by which classical guitars are compared with today, and most acoustic guitars in use today are derived from his designs.
Made in USA
Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back/Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
Neck: Spanish Cedar
Fret Dots at Frets: V & VII
Rosette: Mosaic Rope & Herringbone Marquetry
Tuners: Master Series Tuning Machines - Ebony
String Spacing at Nut: 42.8mm
String Spacing at Saddle: 60mm
Truss Rod: Two-way Adjustable, 9/64"
Bracing: 1856 Torres 7 Fan Bracing
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Case: Cordoba Humidified Hardshell Case
String Spacing, Saddle: 60.5mm (center to center)
6th String Open: 19 sec
1st String Open: 7 sec
1st Position E Major Chord: 24 sec
(strings used: Savarez 500CJ)
My first few days playing this wonderful Cordoba Torres spruce top classical guitar has affirmed that it is everything I hoped it would be. The smaller body and shorter scale fit me like a glove. It has a warm, vibrant tone and, simultaneousy, the clarity, brightness and volume to provide a full range of expressive possibilities.
Geoff provides professional and timely service. Our communication was great and it's good to know that he welcomes any follow-up or questions I may have.
My sincere thanks, Geoff!
I love this guitar! The Cordoba Torres lives up to its description. Big voice for a shortened scale length. Excellent on the treble strings and impressive on the bass strings. The guitar is finished with high attention to detail. I play without nails and the response is very good. Easy to play and rewards you with clarity and resonance. Don't hesitate on this one!
As others have mentioned, the Córdoba Torres had a beautiful, full sound. Geoff performed a setup prior to shipping the instrument (which saved me from having to drop it off with my luthier for 6 weeks). The instrument arrived within a few days from my order. Highly recommend XGuitars!
I am short and have never had a guitar fit me before now. Not only is a gorgeous instrument with a short scale, but it has a rich sound and can produce a remarkably loud sound for a short scale. I love XGuitars! thank you for great service!
Geoff was very helpful to educate and help me to select this beautiful American made Cordoba Master Series Torres guitar. It’s easy to play and it has a full and warm sound. It’ has a truss rod which is unusual for a classical guitar. X guitars also has the best prices on the guitars and strings. I can’t wait to visit the store once the pandemic is over.