Cordoba Stage

Classical Gas
Cordoba Stage
Price: $699

With a 1.5″/fully chambered mahogany body, the Stage – Cordoba’s first foray into the world of nylon-string electric guitars – brings a pleasing, ergonomic single-cut shape dressed with a beautiful flamed-veneer top.

Because its 48mm nut and 16″ fretboard radius are slightly thinner than a traditional nylon-string, the Stage should ease steel-stringers transition to the world of classical-style guitar. Whether sitting or standing, the Stage is comfortable in every respect, and produced plenty of volume when played acoustically. And when plugged in, Cordoba’s new Stage pickup system, designed with Fishman, is designed specifically to enhance the guitar’s nylon-string sound while providing a welcome end to the feedback issues that often plague guitars of this type. With controls for Volume, EQ, and Body Blend, it’s a snap to dial-in commendable acoustic/electric tones; tuned to DADGAD, modal runs and riffs were particularly satisfying. The system runs on a 9-volt battery accessed at the back of the guitar.

The Stage is an impressive instrument that ships in a nifty recycled-nylon-shell denim gig bag. Overall, it’s a classical gas.

This article originally appeared in VG’s February 2023 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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