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2018 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba CD/IN

Year 2018
Top Cedar
Back & Sides Indian Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country USA
Luthier Luis Fernández De Córdoba
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Description

This is a beautiful cedar topped guitar from Luis Fernandez de Cordoba that was originally built for us in 2018, so very pleased to see it here in our shop again. To really make this instrument special, Luis selected materials that had been aging in his workshop since he opened it in 2001, having been stored for over 17 years by the time this was built. For the back and sides, the wood is some of the most exotic Indian rosewood we have ever seen. The sides have a satin look to them with contrasting black lines. The four-piece back is just spectacular with different tones of brown, red and green plus a cascading wavy figure from the waist down to the lower bout. For the binding Luis used flamed maple and the corner is extremely rounded to a 1/8" or 3.2 mm radius, making it very comfortable to hold especially for the right forearm. The rosette is inspired by the Madrid guitars of the 1930s (especially those of Santos and Esteso) particularly on the use of teal blue and wine reds.

The bracing is a five fan system similar to Bouchet but instead of one rigid, solid bar under the the saddle and fit over the fans, Luis used 2 flexible cross braces, each placed the same distance from the front and back of the bridge. They are tapered in height from treble to bass, causing the treble side to be more rigid. Also they are slightly lower than the fans so the fans are fit over the cross braces. This gives the guitar added clarity and plenty of warmth. Sound is rich, wholesome and perfectly balanced. Although "used", this instrument is in like-new condition with barely any signs of prior use. Simply a great guitar, all around - beautiful to the eye and ear.

Photos of this guitar being built

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2018 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba CD/IN

John "Dizzy" Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia" by Jack Davisson on a 2018 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba

2018 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba CD/IN

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