Cordoba Protege C1 Nylon String Guitar - Full Sized


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Cordoba Protege C1 (Full Size)

Gearank Recommendation

The Protege C1 was on our recommended list for Nylon String Guitars from February 2022 until September 2022 when it was out-ranked by the Kremona Soloist S65C.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now guitars with higher ratings in our guide to The Best Classical & Nylon String Guitars.


For a young company that started in 1997, Cordoba has quickly grown to be a major player in the nylon guitar string market, competing against bigger and more established brands. They rose through the ranks by utilizing modern production techniques while retaining traditional Spanish guitar quality standards.

The Protege C1 is an excellent specimen that showcases the company's balance of build quality and affordability. It is a mass produced entry-level classical guitar that sports Cordoba's quality standards and attention to detail.

It follows traditional specs and tonewood components, having laminate spruce for the top and laminate mahogany for the back and sides.

Finally, it is bundled with a gig bag that comes with shoulder straps for portability.

Note: It also comes in a 3/4 size option - this is the full size version.


  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25.6"
  • Nut Width: 2.04"