Prominent Critic wrote:I am an authorized dealer for both Alhambra and Cordoba guitars, so I can speak to this. If you state your approximate budget I could advise you better.
Probably under $800. I feel a little undecided about how much I want to invest. On one hand, I feel like I'm experimenting a little with scale since I can't live with a shorter scale guitar and really get a certain feeling about what scale is optimal for me. I played two crummy guitars that were 592mm/43mm and 589mm/45mm. I liked the feel
a lot - though they were both pretty bad quality instruments. I have a 577mm/42mm baby taylor, which I think is too small and the neck feels cramped. I'm still undecided about scale - but thinking 580-615, maybe 630)
The Cordoba Requinto is under $300. Which Alhambra model would you say is the closest compadre of the Cordoba Requinto 580mm - and what's the cost diff? ...and what do you think about that cost diff?
Prominent Critic wrote:One main difference is that all Cordoba guitars have truss rods, and no Alhambra guitars have them. So if a truss rod is important to you, that leaves Cordoba – of these two.
Hmm. I suppose I should ask: Should
a truss rod be important to me?
Prominent Critic wrote:Alhambra guitars have a larger lower bout than is found on most guitars. They also have higher action than Cordoba guitars. I find Cordoba guitars easier to play, probably because of the somewhat lower action.
Are you just talking about straight off the line set up? You aren't saying that the Alhambra can't be adjusted to have an easier feel, are you? If either guitar had a 'pro set up', would this still be an issue?
Prominent Critic wrote:In general, given comparable categories, Cordoba guitars are less expensive than Alhambra. Most of them also come with a case of some kind – hard shell for the more expensive models, or else a Polyfoam case, or a gig bag. Alhambra guitars don't come with a case, unless any individual dealer decides to include one.
Sound-wise Cordoba guitars tend to have a rich bass, with a somewhat softer sound, Alhmabra with a somewhat crisper bass, and slightly better balance between bass and treble.
Hope this is helpful.
Yes it was. Thank you very much. I may PM you about your store.