The Cordoba Fusion 14 Rose Classical Acoustic Electric Guitar has great playability for the crossover guitarists. The Fusion 14 Rose is a nylon string guitar for the steel string guitarist. The Cordoba 14 Rose has a 1 7/8 inch nut width and a comfortably curved radiused ebony fingerboard. The 14 Rose features a dark solid Indian rosewood top, Indian rosewood back and sides, sleek high gloss polyurethane finish and a Fishman Presys Blend pickup. This lightweight nylon string guitar is built with the traditional Spanish heel and has an adjustable truss rod built into the neck.
Cordoba Fusion 14 Rose Classical Acoustic Electric Guitar Features
- Solid Indian Rosewood Top
- Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
- Mahogany Neck with Ebony Fingerboard
- Fishman Presys Blend Electronics
- Cordoba Silver Tuning Machines
- Includes Cordoba Gig Bag
The 14 Rose belongs to Cordoba’s Fusion series, a line of high quality crossover or hybrid style nylon string guitars designed to play and feel like steel string acoustics. Most notably, the necks are carved thinner than traditional Spanish-style classical guitars and have a nut width of 48mm (1 7/8 inch). With 14 frets, the slimmer dimensions combined with a radiused fingerboard give the Fusion series the feel and playability that most steel string and electric guitar players are used to. Tonally the Fusion series models have all the warmth, body, and resonance that traditional classical nylon string guitars are known for, and are built using traditional Spanish guitar methods like domed soundboards and fan bracing patterns in the design.
Additional features include cutaway body style, Fishman Presys Blend Electronics, 2 way adjustable truss rods, and Savarez Corum Alliance strings that offer the higher tension feel that most crossover players are looking for. Cordoba’s Fusion series was first to effectively merge the feel of a steel string with the tone of a classical guitar, and with a variety of wood options and finishes is the most comprehensive line of crossover style nylon string hybrids on the market.
The Rose is built with a solid Indian rosewood top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The neck has 14 frets to the body (14 Rose), and has an ebony fingerboard. The bridge, binding, and headstock overlay are made of Indian rosewood, and the rosette is hand inlaid using maple and rosewood rings. The 14 Rose is equipped with the Fishman Presys Blend pickup, and includes a deluxe Cordoba gig bag.
The 14 fret model has a more familiar upper register for steel string players. The bridge is shifted slightly forward from the center of the soundboard, increasing ease of playability for the steel string or electric player. More frets are exposed, creating an easier territory for soloing.
The Fusion series guitars bridge the gap between the steel string and nylon string world. While traditional classical guitars are built with a wide and flat fingerboard, Fusion guitars have a narrower slightly curved, or radiused, fingerboard similar to a steel-string or electric guitar. The curve is not easily noticed if you just look at the neck of a guitar, but if you glance down the neck from the headstock to the bridge, you will see that the fretboard tapers at a slight angle.
So what’s so great about a radiused fingerboard? Even though the curve is slight, the extra space created for the top and bottom strings make “bending” strings easier. Steel string or electrical players might also like how the curve fits their hands since it will help them play a nylon-string guitar with their thumb over the top. However, radiused fingerboards aren’t for everyone. Classical players may prefer wider, flat fingerboards for certain traditional techniques.
Fishman Presys Blend Tips
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Cordoba has partnered with their friends at Fishman to put together some tips on how to properly use the Fishman Presys Blend pickup that is installed in some Cordoba models.
This pickup offers the ability to blend an internal microphone with an under saddle piezo. For large stages where feedback can be a problem, we recommend setting the mic blend knob at 0 (all the way to the left), which turns the mic input down and uses mainly the under saddle piezo. This setting is the least prone to feedback. The mic is to be used as a subtle flavor to add air and ambiance to the sound, and can be rolled on carefully, but using it will add to the possibility of feedback.
Additionally, there is a small trim control (accessible when you open flip open the preamp). This control governs the overall gain of the mic. It’s a good idea to adjust it so that at maximum mic blend it’s slightly softer than the pickup signal.