The Cordoba Fusion Orchestra Spruce Top Classical Acoustic is expertly crafted with the classic combination of a solid European spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides. This combination offers a fantastic clear tone with warmth and a clean high end. The bridge and headstock overlay are made of rosewood, and the rosette is hand inlaid using maple and rosewood rings. With mahogany binding and a high gloss PU finish, the Fusion Orchestra is the perfect blend of traditional materials with modern touches. A deluxe Cordoba gig bag is included.
The Orchestra 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. The Orchestra is the first full body model in the Fusion series, and the only acoustic model. Although the Orchestra is full-bodied, its shape is slightly altered from that of a traditional nylon string guitar, accented by a light mahogany binding.
Like the other Fusion models, the Orchestra’s neck is carved thinner than traditional Spanish-style classical guitars, and has a nut width of 48mm or 1 7/8 inch. These slimmer dimensions combined with a radiused fingerboard give the Fusion series guitars 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.
The Orchestra is built with the classic combination of a solid European spruce or Canadian cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The neck has 12 frets to the body and an ebony fingerboard. The bridge and headstock overlay are made of rosewood, and the rosette is hand inlaid using maple and rosewood rings. With mahogany binding and a high gloss polyurethane finish, the Orchestra is the perfect blend of traditional materials with modern aesthetic touches. A deluxe Cordoba gig bag is included as well.
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.