Cordoba Fusion Orchestra CE CD (Cedar Top) Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Guitar
'Fusion' refers to the fact that this is a crossover guitar with a nut width much smaller than a traditional classical guitar which makes it much easier to transition to if you're used to playing a steel-string acoustic or electric guitar.
Other than the cutaway section, the rest of the body has upper and lower bought and depth measurements that are similar to traditional classical guitars - the same goes for the neck thickness.
It comes with Fishman electronics that include a built-in microphone which helps to produce a more 'natural' tone which is particularly useful when recording.
The preamp also has phase control which can help in reducing feedback problems when plugged into an amp.
- Top: Solid Canadian Western Red Cedar
- Body: Rosewood
- Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Scale Length: 650mm (25.6")
- Nut Width: 48mm (1 7/8")
- Electronics: Fishman Presys Blend
A common refrain in customer reviews is that this has a full-bodied sound similar to that of a traditional classical guitar when unplugged. The plugged-in tone is also well regarded. Surprisingly, I read several reviews that favorably compared their Fusion Orchestra CE with much more expensive Italian made Ramirez guitars! Several reviewers said this is a great guitar for Latin/Gypsy/Jazz styles.
A small number of people pointed out that the mic part of the pickup can pick up vocals, so if you're using it with a looper and singing at the same time, or if you have feedback issues, then you need to adjust the pickup blend to turn the mic down. Some also complained that they needed to get a professional setup done to lower the action, however, this is more of a personal preference issue but not an uncommon one from guitarists used to low action steel-string guitars.
If you want an acoustic-electric nylon string guitar with a good classical sound when unplugged, then this is a good option.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Classical & Nylon String Guitars.