I am an Alhambra dealer as well as a Cordoba dealer, so I can speak to this. The Cordoba C9 is a fine guitar in its category, and you would not go wrong with it. It also comes with a Cordoba Polyfoam case. And it is all solid woods, as opposed to the Alhambra, which has laminated back and sides.
But the Alhambra 5P is in a somewhat higher category, and under normal circumstances would sell for $300 to $350 more than the Cordoba. So if the defect is merely cosmetic, I think the Alhambra is a better buy.
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