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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 40 reviews)

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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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(33 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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By Ken K.

from Miami, Fl

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

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.

(20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By vero

from cleveland,ohio

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

I went in the store with the intention of buying some cheaper than the cordoba ...but after trying nearly any other brand in the price range(yamaha,takamine ect)i was not satisfied , but when i tested this cordoba studio i was in awe! It smokes all others in the price range out of the water , plugged or unplugged! I bought it and i've been in heaven since than!I highly reccomend it

(16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

just got one

By Rob!

from laguna, CA

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

I was just looking to get another nylon string- something affordable, bright sound, and loud even when not amplified, something built with flamenco in mind. I compared it to the Yamahas in the price range and this one sounds better. I initially grabbed the cordoba 45fce and 55fce but this one is brighter and louder and half the price of the 55. It's not a great performance concert guitar but it's an amazing practice guitar at an incredible price to leave out in the living room. Great for beginners too.

(16 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Quality Control

By bastardsonofpaco

from Santa Fe, NM

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

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.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazed

By Fully Impressed

from Cumming, GA

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

I'm not a classically trained guitarist. I play mostly rhythm guitar on a 6 string steel. But believe me when I say that this guitar is amazing. I went to the store looking for a 12 string guitar. I had tried quite a few and just was not impressed (just me and my playing style I guess because I love the sound of a 12 string). This guitar happened to be next to the 12 strings. I picked it up. It was really light. I was not expecting much, but boy was I wrong. This guitar was by far the best sounding guitar I had played that day. I have both Martin and Taylor steel string guitars. I have put those down in favor of this guitar. A new wave of inspiration has hit me. This guitar is definitely worth the money.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By AV

from ALBUQUERQUE

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

Right or wrong, I always thought that in order to have a great classical/flamenco guitar you have to dash out at least 2 grands. Well, after I played GK studio, I had to change my belief! Although the side and back are laminated wood, somehow, Cordoba managed to make this model to comfortably compete with my $4500 hand made guitar (solid spruce top - solid Indian rosewood back & side). I was so impressed that I purchased two. Dumb! hardly. I know enough to say this that if this model was made by a known Spanish guitar maker out of Granada-Spain. People would have paid 2 to 3 grands for it. Now that I have two, on one of them, I removed the finger guard from the soundboard AND the side electrical unit, the sound quality has improved by some 20%. I recommend this model. I speculate that sooner or later Cordoba management will discontinue this model because the sale of this guitar will reduce the sale volume of their other models.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

hit and miss

By jc

from los angeles, ca

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

all right first the breakdown bought the GK cordoba at GC hollywood after reading all the great reviews on line.. the guitar is pretty light plays very well acoustically..the strings were in a really bad shape(they didn't want to change them before I bought the guitar, a $600 guitar!?), so I get home with a new set of strings..and although the tuners looked pretty nice, black and funky, one just broke in two on me!! I am not talking about a loose bolt I mean it BROKE IN TWO like a bad quality thing.. brought it back to the guitar center in pasadena where I live( they didn't have this guitar in the first place in store) I have to say they are pretty good and professionals..they ordered a new one for me I told them I had a gig on new year's eve. The second guitar looked good. Off and Happy I left the store. got home played with it for a good 2 hours..oh yes it feels super goood, light guitar a true flamenco feeling easy with a beautiful sound. and no I didn't think about testing the amp and plugging the guitar before the show.. sure enough time to play...the guitar does not work!!!.. brought it back to the store today in pasadena..beyond this extreme frustration they handled everything very well.. david the store manager and jordan are right on and helped me very professionally.. they refunded me 100%.. and NOOO I don't want this guitar at all any longer. so watch out I already read that the tuning gear was pretty bad and fragile..indeed that was true.. also, the guitar seems to go out of tune pretty fast after a short time of playing it.. so take your time when considering buying this guitar.. but hats off to guitar center, at least, the one in pasadena as they did every right !!

(8 of 8 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!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Flamenco sound!

By Paul H

from NH

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

I just purchased this guitar at a local Guitar Center a few days ago, after comparing it to the Cordoba C5, a Rodriguez, a Takamine, a Yamaha, and a couple of other moderately priced flamenco and classical guitars. I was instantly impressed with the explosive attack, the bright tone, and the nuanced sounds I could coax so easily from it. Much more expressive than the C5 for a couple hundred dollars more, it blew away other guitars in the shop going for as much as $1800. It's light and comfortable, the blended pickup system sounds fantastic, and it more than holds its own against my Amalio Burguet concert-quality guitar--making it perfect for gigs where I need more volume and don't want to worry so much about my concert guitar getting damaged. An all-around winner!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Happoy

By Keith

from Durham, NC

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

I've had my GK studio for about a month now and love playing it. Initially, I saw, played and really liked the sound of the C5 and C7. I don't know that much about guitar construction, but cordobas seem to weigh about half of what other classical guitars do. I dont know if this weight/build discrepancy is the reason why, but the difference in unplugged sounds between cordobas and everything else in the store was night and day - the other nylon guitars (even more expensive ones) sounded muted in comparison. The reason I ended up going with the GK vs the C5 or C7 was simply playing comfort - I'm coming from a steel string background and the full on classicals felt like a much more noticeable stretch spacing and action wise compared to a steel string. I haven't had any of the problems with the guitar that other people have mentioned. The action out of the box was nice and low, the frets are fine etc. The only thing that I have noticed is that the dark stain they use for the bordering has spread and stained some of the mahogany a tiny bit. This tiny cosmetic flaw doesn't really bother me, but it does make me wonder if Cordoba is struggling with quality control issues like everyone seems to think. I haven't played mine plugged in yet, so I can't speak to that aspect of the guitar. The onboard tuner is sweet tho. Overall I love my guitar and just gave it 4 stars because for $600 I dont think there should be any issues with what you get, and the stain issue just seems like an oversight that shouldn't happen. Everything else on the guitar is pretty flawless and great.

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