WOW!! Splendid guitar. Cordoba C12 SP
By: Christopher G. from S.C.
Your general opinion of this product.
So I gave everything 5 stars and I'll explain each one in a second. First off let start by saying that I received a shipping notification on Monday and the guitar was here on the following Wednesday. Very fast shipping as you would come to expect from AMS. No damage from shipping as well.
The first thing I do when I get a new instrument is do a full Quality Assurance inspection on it. I QA heavy machinery for a living so a guitar is no problem. The first thing I noticed was the case it came in. I thought it was somewhat cheap looking on the outside but with a vintage feel to it. It does have brushed brass locking tabs on it. I opened the case and confirmed that it indeed was a pretty cheap case. From the seams to the padding. Not at all bad and protects the guitar just fine. But enough about the case because its what's inside that counts.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The pictures on the internet do not do this guitar justice. The rosette was the the first thing that popped out at me and let me tell you that it is one of the most beautiful designs that i have seen on a factory guitar. Taking it out of the case, I noticed the weight, or lack there of, a surprise. I'm not sure if this is do to the new bracing or not but it is very light. After 15 mins of inspection ( I even got a mirror and checked the inside of the guitar, mostly to see the new bracing but also to check the quality), the only thing I found was, to me, the frets of the fingerboard seemed to be a tad bit sharp on the end of some of them, almost like when they were rough machined it didn't get finished machined just right. Had no effect on playability at all. Other than that it was absolutely perfect.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The guitar is very light for it's size. Again, I probably contribute this to the new bracing. The neck is fast and smooth. I really like the finish on the guitar. It seems like they put just the lightest coat of lacquer on it which i prefer. The raised fretboard on the guitar body is there but I guess my long fingers don't really notice the difference between this guitar and my other classics. I doesn't hurt but it doesn't help either.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
This is where the expression "music to my ears" comes to mind. The first B minor I played really let me know what this guitar was about. The lows rumble throughout the guitar and your body. The highs sing with that warm buttery sound and the mids fill the void between very nicely. The projection is second to none but not the annoying overly loud kind. Everything is very well balanced.
How was the action out of the box?
Action was perfect for me right out of the box. But this will depend on the player.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish on this guitar is the way I would finish a guitar. The "flame" maple strip in the back is a very nice touch. Although I think I could be a bit more "flame" and be alright. Any less and I think they would call it just a maple strip. And again, the pictures of the rosette on the internet doesn't do the guitar justice. It is just beautiful.
How has it stood up over time?
From the time I took it out of the box and after playing it for about 5 hours straight, it has stood up very nicely. Everything seems very well built. It's not made in the U.S. of A. but what is these days. But really I don't think it would have mattered anyways.