Cordoba C5 Nylon String Classical Guitar
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. Often repeated sentiments in customer reviews are that the C5 both sounds and plays like a more expensive guitar.
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.
If your budget is $300 then this is a good option, but you might like to take a look at some more highly rated guitars in our guide to The Best Classical & Nylon String Guitars.