Cordoba Guitars Master Series "Esteso"


Year: NEW Top: Spruce
Back & Sides: Palo Escrito Scale Length: 650 mm
Nut Width: 52 mm Finish: Lacquer
Country: Mexico Condition: New
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus


ITEM: 06794
Retail: $2,795
Web: $2,199.00


Cordoba has chosen to honor five master luthiers whose work has shaped the history of the nylon string guitar over the past 150 years, inspiring generations of guitar builders. Each Master Series model is a replica of an iconic guitar representing significant moments in the careers of Antonio de Torres, Hermann Hauser I, Miguel Rodriguez, Manuel Reyes and with this model, Domingo Esteso. Domingo Esteso is considered one of the greatest Spanish luthiers of the 20th century, with a career that began in the 1890s, and continued through the 1930s. He is responsible for establishing one of the most famous workshops in Madrid, which was later inherited by his nephews. Esteso’s instruments are characterized by their physical lightness, and for their great volume and projection.


The Master Series "Esteso" is a lightweight, smaller-bodied guitar with standard scale length. It is built with solid European spruce for the soundboard, paired with solid Palo Escrito for the back and sides. Palo Escrito is a variety of rosewood, renowned for its striking figure, great volume, and light weight. Additional features include a Spanish cedar neck topped with an African ebony fingerboard, flamed maple binding, intricate pearloid rosette, nitrocellulose finish, and Esteso’s 5-fan bracing pattern. Cordoba added a few modern refinements such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines, durable finish, and non-gut strings. The result is an instrument that exemplifies authentic Esteso designs, voicing and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.

Cordoba obtained two 1931 Esteso models in order to study them inside and out, and play them over and over. The mission was to understand the essence of what gives these iconic guitars such an amazing voice and feel, and then recreate an instrument that possesses these characteristics and carries the same magic in its DNA. The process was a combination of science and feel; the wood thicknesses of the top, backs, sides, and braces were measured to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter, bracing patterns traced and mapped, and details of the materials, inlays, wood grains, and vibrations were all carefully analyzed. The guitars were played and listened to for hours to gain an understanding of the balance between the trebles and basses, resonance of the tops, and a sense for the feel and response of each guitar when played in a variety of styles and environments.

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