Cordoba C3M Nylon String Guitar


86 out of 100. Incorporating 375+ ratings and reviews.

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Cordoba C3M Nylon String Guitar

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Gearank Recommendation

The C3M appeared on our recommended list for Classical & Nylon String Guitars from August 2016 until June 2021 when it was out-ranked by other guitars.


This is essentially Cordoba's entry-level student classical guitar.

Cordoba's C3M has the main characteristics of a Classical Guitar including its 2.04" nut width, 25.6" scale length, neck shape and string height.

The main advantage of the Cordoba's C3M lies in its solid Canadian cedar top, a feature that you normally won't see from similarly priced nylon string guitars.

More importantly, Cordoba's reputation for quality makes this a worry-free choice in terms of build quality and playability.

The positive reviews that helped its ratings have come not only from students (and their parents) using this as a beginner guitar, but also more experienced players who wanted a low cost couch or camping guitar.

This is essentially Cordoba's entry level student classical guitar (although they do have a cheaper option in the form of the Cordoba C1M which only has a laminate spruce top) and the Cordoba C3M is generally regarded by the market place as a step up from the "C40" models of other brands like Yamaha and Washburn.


  • Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
  • Body: Mahogany back & sides
  • Finish: Satin (Matte)
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Number of Frets: 19
  • Scale Length: 650mm (25.6")
  • Nut Width: 52mm (2.04")
This was previously on our recommended list but there are now more highly rated options which you can see in our guide to The Best Classical / Nylon String Guitars.


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