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Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar Natural

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The GK Studio is the ultimate gigging instrument. Built with a solid European spruce top and cypress back and sides, this nylon string guitar comes equipped with a soft cutaway and Fishman Presys Blen... Read More

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The GK Studio is the ultimate gigging instrument. Built with a solid European spruce top and cypress back and sides, this nylon string guitar comes equipped with a soft cutaway and Fishman Presys Blend pickup. The GK Studio 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 is the quintessential flamenco guitar with its bright, snappy tone designed to cut through the sound of an accompanying dancer. However, any guitarist looking for a new tone to add to the repertoire will feel right at home with the GK Studio. With its comfortable body shape and spruce/cypress wood 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 includes Cordobas deluxe gig bag.

Features Body
  • Body type:Flamenco
  • Cutaway:Single cutaway
  • Top wood:SolidEuropean
  • Back & sides:Cypress
  • Bracing pattern:Spanish fan
  • Body finish:High GlossPolyurethane
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:Traditional Classical
  • Nut width:1.96" (50mm)
  • Fingerboard:Rosewood
  • Neck wood:Mahogany
  • Scale length:25.6"
  • Number of frets:19
  • Neck finish:High GlossPolyurethane
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:Yes
  • Brand:Fishman
  • Configuration:Undersaddle piezo
  • Preamp EQ:4-band
  • Feedback filter:No
  • Tuner:Yes
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:Indian Rosewood
  • Tuning machines:Black and Gold
  • Bridge:Indian Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut:Bone
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:Thinline body
  • Case:Gig bag
  • Accessories:None
  • Country of origin:Info not available
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CordobaGK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 37 reviews)

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    (2)

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    (1)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Top Action & Excellence

Looked at the Yamaha Flamenco guitars, but after trying out the GK Studio by Cordoba, I was amazed. If you're shredding style is Rodrigo & Gabriela, Gypsy Kings (Tonino Baliardo),...Read complete review

Looked at the Yamaha Flamenco guitars, but after trying out the GK Studio by Cordoba, I was amazed. If you're shredding style is Rodrigo & Gabriela, Gypsy Kings (Tonino Baliardo), Al di Meola, Paco De Lucia or Russ Freeman, well this guitar is for you. Hands down plays better than some of the Rodriguez guitar out in the market for a higher price. The picks up are stunning the mids just bring out a stunning tone and the action is perfect. Downside is I can't find the serial number on Cordoba guitars and I've been trying to register the guitar and I've had no success. Regard-less it sounds great and plays great.

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Quality Control

Guitar sounds good acoustically & plays well. My bench tests findings are: I think the Fishman pickup system sounds fine but there is a bit of low FQ hum when running 50-100%...Read complete review

Guitar sounds good acoustically & plays well. My bench tests findings are: I think the Fishman pickup system sounds fine but there is a bit of low FQ hum when running 50-100% off the bridge piezo, but can be attenuated via the phase control but not completely. Sounds cleanest at 100% internal mic, this lowers or phases out the EQ section of the preamp but of coarse more feedback will occur, but less feedback than an external mic. Having said that, the guitar sounds quite natural and its best with the internal mic @100%. But this is a personal preference. Some of the screws that hold the preamp box to the guitar are not catching enough of the wood, meaning the holes are not centered causing the preamp box to break loose from wood when changing the battery over time which also causes vibration. I have found this to be true with almost every Cordoba with a preamp box. I fixed that by gluing four small pieces of pine beneath the miss aligned holes and then reinstalling the pickup box. This insures a better anchor to the wood. Cordoba should use mounting hardware like on the Yamaha systems, check for yourself. The nice looking "Alice" machine heads are only for looks.The black buttons work loose but can be tightened via the button screws. BUT after doing this so many times you will eventually counter sink the screws into the buttons. What is actually happening here is the button material is to soft and the holes where the button attaches to the worm gear post get "walled' out to the point that they become rounded and have nothing to grip onto. So I tried to replace the tuners with Schallers but found out the rollers on the Gk Studio are smaller than guitar industry standards and had to miss-match parts with the ''Alice'' & the Schallers to keep from re-boring out the roller holes in the headstock. An easier alternative would be to change the buttons for better ones if you can get them to fit on the posts. There is a slight sink at the soundhole towards the fretboard Check yours by holding guitar in a normal playing position and looking down horizontally at the soundhole. Maybe yours is ok. I noticed this a week after the purchase and on others in different stores as well. The bridge has slight gaps where it is glued to the soundboard. Before you buy you can check this by taking a crisp dollar bill or paper and carefully running it along the base of the bridge. Other than that It's a pretty good beater if it doesn't eventually fall apart on you. Sounds great not better than a Yamaha CG171SF Or CGX171SF just different. The GK has more attack and more growl & shorter sustain like a Flamenco guitar. The Yamaha CG171s have more of a hybrid tone and a quite haunting tone as well. The Yamahas are heavier but far better constructed and consistent in quality. The Gk Studios are part of Cordoba's Iberia series designed by Kenny Hill manufactured in China. Just because it's made in China doesn't mean that the quality control has to be overlooked. Look at any Yamaha and you will find great quality at an honest price. Cordobas do have great sound if they are not falling apart at the seems. Cordoba was established in 1997 by a few guys who know how to make the greatest guitars on the planet but I think they are a little Neanderthal in terms reliability & quality of its product at this time.

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4.0

Awesome guitar

By Axeman

from Newton ks

Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

Love this guitar , surprised that I could get such a beautiful guitar at this price . It's a joy to play and no problem for chords with the low action . Only complaint is back of neck has a rough area due to runs and bumps in laquer . Appears the finish was wet and guitar was leaned up against or laid on something that messed up a small area . Otherwise , great guitar , highly recommend.

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5.0

Beautiful instrument

By RT

from Atlanta

Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

This is a great guitar.

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5.0

Nice guitar

By Walid

from san diego ca

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  • Good sound quality

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      Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

      Very nice guitar!

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      5.0

      The GK Studio delivers with maximum impact!!!

      By Rex

      from Metro New Orleans

      Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

      I searched for an awesome guitar... Played and sampled more than i can remember. The GK Studio delivered with maximum impact!!!

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just a great guitar!

      By BRANDON

      from Denver, CO

      Site Member

      Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

      This is the best credence I can give for this guitar. This is my second GK studio. The first one was shattered in transit to a gig. I loved that guitar and couldn't wait to see if another would play and feel the same. So as I'm playing the replacement, a classical spanish guitar teacher of 30+ years walks into the acoustic room and we chat. As I was looking for a flamenco / classical guitar we both hit it off & played pretty much the entire stock available in the store, including a Ramirez 125 classical (used). Without any idea which guitar I was there for, he picked the GK studio on his own as the best sounding & playing guitar! Granted the Ramirez needed a proper set up, but nothing else really comes close to this guitar regardless if priced higher or lower. Granted some people may have had a "bad" one but I'd say 95% are pretty much great! My second one had a "dead" G string after 3 weeks of playing, but a little work via my GC tech when getting new strings, and it sounds as great as the first one I had! There are so many aspects that effect an acoustic (humidity, altitude, temperature, etc), but Cordoba's in general, and specifically the GK studio have been the best playing and sounding guitars I've bought since day one of a 20+ year love with guitars. I can't see how you'd go wrong with it... Unless you bought something else! And I spent a lot of cash buying others that don't match the boast of their advertising! A lot of focus is on the negra version but EVERYONE seems to love the standard "blanca" version once they play it! I'll never be without one and if I can have only one guitar... This is it! Unless I get a pro model! Trust me, you will enjoy and maybe even love this guitar, regardless of style! Did I mention how beautiful these guitars are? If not, you'll see!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just a great guitar!

      By BRANDON

      from Denver, CO

      Site Member

      Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

      This is the best credence I can give for this guitar. This is my second GK studio. The first one was shattered in transit to a gig. I loved that guitar and couldn't wait to see if another would play and feel the same. So as I'm playing the replacement, a classical spanish guitar teacher of 30+ years walks into the acoustic room and we chat. As I was looking for a flamenco / classical guitar we both hit it off & played pretty much the entire stock available in the store, including a Ramirez 125 classical (used). Without any idea which guitar I was there for, he picked the GK studio on his own as the best sounding & playing guitar! Granted the Ramirez needed a proper set up, but nothing else really comes close to this guitar regardless if priced higher or lower. Granted some people may have had a ""bad"" one but I'd say 95% are pretty much great! My second one had a ""dead"" G string after 3 weeks of playing, but a little work via my GC tech when getting new strings, and it sounds as great as the first one I had! There are so many aspects that effect an acoustic (humidity, altitude, temperature, etc), but Cordoba's in general, and specifically the GK studio have been the best playing and sounding guitars I've bought since day one of a 20+ year love with guitars. I can't see how you'd go wrong with it... Unless you bought something else! And I spent a lot of cash buying others that don't match the boast of their advertising! A lot of focus is on the negra version but EVERYONE seems to love the standard ""blanca"" version once they play it! I'll never be without one and if I can have only one guitar... This is it! Unless I get a pro model! Trust me, you will enjoy and maybe even love this guitar, regardless of style! Did I mention how beautiful these guitars are? If not, you'll see!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Cordoba GK Studio Negra is amazing

      By David

      from Boston

      Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

      I purchased this instrument a few days ago and I'm loving it. The sound is amazing. It has a deep yet rich and punchy tone to it. Not only does it sound amazing, it looks amazing. There are so many different types of wood in this guitar and it's so beautifully crafted. It makes you feel like you have something unique, something that required time and patience to make. It somehow really helps to express yourself when playing. It's low action makes it really easy on your fingers. And the guitar is light weight. It comes with a free gig bag that is sturdy and reliable. This is an excellent instrument and very much worth the price.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Cordoba GK Studio Negra

      By David

      from Boston

      Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

      I purchased a Cordoba GK Studio Negra a few days ago and I'm loving it. It has a deep yet rich and punchy tone to it. Not only does it sound amazing, but it looks amazing. There are so many different types of wood in this guitar and it so beautifully crafted. It really makes you feel as if you are holding something unique, something that required patience and time to make. It somehow really helps to express yourself when playing.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly What I Needed - Craftsmanship, Tonality, Ease of Play

      By Jay Gould

      from Hidden Valley Lake, CA

      Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

      For many years my guitar playing was limited to steel stringed 12 and 6 string guitars. I wanted one with nylon strings and the more mellow sound that comes with it for certain songs like calypso, those with a bit of Flamenco flare, or a soft love ballad. This guitar is perfect! The craftsmanship is spot on. It's a real beauty. Since I normally play a dreadnought style guitar, it appeared thin to me, so I worried about how the bass tones would play. I was very wrong. Without an amp it sounds great and even more so with an amp. Both bass and treble tones are vibrant and with the Fisher electronics I can change the tonality emphasis at will. It plays easily and with the cut out I can now go further up the fretboard than what is possible on a typical Spanish guitar. For a guitar in this price range, I find it hard to beat.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GK Studio Amazing!

      By Winn

      from Frisco, TX

      Comments about Cordoba GK Studio Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Flamenco Guitar:

      I just can't get over this guitar. It has quickly become the favorite of my collection even being the least expensive guitar I own. It's so easy to play, with the low action and narrower neck. I tried several Flamenco style guitars and this one has the best sound even over guitars costing twice the price. Looks wise, it's beautiful. I almost opted for the Negra version but the honey colored sides and back won me over on this one. The built-in tuner works really well. I can't put this guitar down and recommend it highly!

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