Cordoba C5 Nylon String Classical Guitar


92 out of 100. Incorporating 425+ ratings and reviews.

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Cordoba C5

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Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 425+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

NB: This is currently on our recommended list for Classical Guitars Under $500.

While the price is quite high compared to other entry level models, it is justified by its solid western red cedar top and the use of traditional Spanish fan bracing, which many prefer for its improved resonance and overall tone.

The body is crafted from mahogany, forming Cordoba's modified classical body design, which features a smaller sound hole and a slightly bigger body, the aim of which is to improve projection.

Other features include having a detailed rosette inlay, Indian rosewood binding, pearl buttons and solid mahogany neck.

The Cordoba C5 is a step up from the C3M with most commentary on forums agreeing that the C5 has better sustain despite the specifications for the two instruments looking very similar.

Where they differ is that the C5 has a slightly larger upper bout width, slightly longer overall length, slightly smaller soundhole, higher quality tuning pegs and a gloss finish instead of matte.

Cordoba also say that this is one of their top selling guitars.


  • Top: Solid Western Red Cedar
  • Body: Laminated Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 650mm (25.6")
  • Nut Width: 52mm (2.04")


As classical guitar teacher Ramon Amira put it, "I don't know a better guitar for that price", and that tends to sum up many of the recommendations for the C5 from experienced players and guitar teachers. While this is not cheap, it is still accessibly priced for students, which makes it a very good nylon string guitar to start with. It also maintains a certain level of quality and specs that even experienced players appreciate, some of whom compare the Cordoba C5 favorably over more expensive nylon string guitar models.


There were some people who talked about quality control problems, particularly with the neck and bridge, but most of those were prior to the middle of 2016, suggesting that these issues have been fixed since then. Note that those who are looking for a strictly traditional classical guitar may not agree with the modified body design.


This is a good quality nylon string guitar that will help you develop your skill from beginner to intermediate even to advanced level of playing.

NB: This is currently on our recommended list for Classical Guitars Under $500.

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