Cordoba GK Studio Negra Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar
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Spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides with Fishman Presys Blend pickup.
The GK Studio Negra is the ultimate gigging instrument. Built with a solid European spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides, this nylon string guitar comes equipped with a soft cutaway and Fishman Presys Blend pickup. The GK Studio Negra is a flamenco guitar made for the stage, constructed with a slightly thinner body depth, neck, and nut width than a traditional Spanish guitar. The neck is designed to have little or no relief, offering low action for ease of comfort and quick playability.
For flamenco players, this model offers a bassier and more robust tone in contrast to the bright, snappy sound of ‘blanca’ flamenco guitars, but any guitarist looking for a new tone to add to the repertoire will feel right at home with the GK Studio Negra. With its comfortable body shape and classic tonewood combination, this model is the perfect choice for exploring the nuances in sound that can only be captured with nylon strings.
Like every Cordoba guitar, this model also has a two-way truss rod built into the neck. Other features include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, high gloss finish, clear golpeadores (tap plates), and premium Savarez Cristal Corum strings. The GK Studio Negra includes Cordoba’s deluxe gig bag.
- Back & sides: Indian Rosewood
- Top wood: Solid European Spruce
- Scale Length: 650mm
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Neck Shape: low profile
- # frets: 19
- Nut Width: 50mm
- Fretboard Radius: flat
- Bridge: Indian Rosewood
- Pickup: Fishman Presys Blend
- Controls: Onboard
- Tuners: Cordoba Black & Gold Floral Tuning Machines
- Finish: High gloss PU
- Strings: Savarez Cristal Corum in High Tension, 500CJ
- Includes gig bag
Enjoy the punch and attack of a Flamenco guitar with the comfort of a cutaway and convenience of built-in electronics.
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- Beautiful and sexy
- Flawless construction
- Impressive Projection
- Quality Tonewoods
- Unbelieveable Bass Notes
- No Saddle Setup
- Required Luthiery
Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Negra Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:
I bought this beautiful flamenco negra guitar as an open box item for a substantial discount. As such, I expected flaws and hoped that they would be tolerable. Instead I received an immaculate instrument without any visible imperfection. It appeared to have not even been played before. As I removed the string wrapping I immediately saw the reason; the strings were about 1/4"(6mm) above the twlelfth fret all the way across the fretboard. It looked like an "uncut" saddle-blank had been dropped into the bridge slot without first being cut/angled to set the correct string height across the fretboard. (It was). After a couple of hours work shaping the bone saddle blank I got the string height down to 3.5mm at the low E and 2.75mm at the hi E (12th fret). The strings are now 8mm above the soundboard (top) at the bridge. That's actually at the high end for a flamenco guitar so I may lower them further once I've become more proficient in the style of playing. All strings fret clear and sustain without a trace of buzz (all the way up the neck) at those heights. The intonation is perfect on all strings (except G of course).
The neck was setup with only barely perceptable relief (<0.25mm)or, 'almost flat'.
BTW, luthier work like saddle shaping is not recommended for novices. There is a piezo pickup transduced under the saddle which you can damage if you don't know what you're doing, etc.
Other reviewers have described the quality and sound of this instrument so I won't repeat their descriptions and praise. The bass is particularly impressive.
I will offer an observation about the sound that you hear being produced when you try/play any nylon stringed guitar: It is 90% dependant on you. I just watched a Susan Isbin video (& others) where it is shown how dramatically the fingernail angle of attack and shape affect the nylon stringed guitar's sound. The point? Only if you truly know how to play a flamenco guitar like this will you ever know what this guitar can sound like. Even your fingernail shape will affect the sound from this nylon string guitar dramatically.
Since I am a beginner (at flamenco) I can only hear this guitar truly sing when I get my fingernail just perfectly upon the string. At those times I can assure you that this guitar sounds amazing. Now I just need some more fingernails.
PS Since I expect all new guitars to need a setup by a luthier (or such) I didn't downgrade from 5 stars just because the saddle needed setup.
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