Cordoba 20TM-CEItem ID: 20TMCE
Tenor Acoustic/Electric Ukulele, Handmade, with Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Herringbone Rosette - Satin Finish
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This Uke is Ready To PerformCordoba's 20TM-CE acoustic-electric tenor ukulele sports a mahogany top, back, and sides for big tone from a small instrument. The 20TM-CE is handbuilt by Cordoba in the traditional Portugese style for a great playing experience, and features a soft cutaway for easy upper-fret access. And the beautiful detailing on the 20TM-CE, from the wooden herringbone inlay to the chrome tuners with pearl buttons, makes this one uke you'll love for a lifetime. For premium playability and craftsmanship, choose the Cordoba 20TM-CE.
Cordoba 20TM-CE Acoustic/Electric Tenor Ukulele at a Glance:
The Cordoba 20TM-CE's warm and robust tone comes courtesy of its solid mahogany top and mahogany back and sides. The mahogany neck is ideal for optimizing the transfer of string vibration to the mahogany body, for a deep and rich sound.
Cordoba's 20TM-CE features the Cordoba piezo pickup with 2-band EQ, for great sounding amplified performances. You get control over Bass, Treble, and Volume, for optimized sound no matter where you're playing.
Every Cordoba 20TM-CE is handmade for maximum quality. You'll appreciate the care and attention to detail as soon as you strum your 20TM-CE for the first time.
Cordoba 20TM-CE Acoustic/Electric Tenor Ukulele Features:
You'll get great performance from the Cordoba 20TM-CE acoustic-electric tenor ukulele!
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Mike, Cheney, WA
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
A High-End Uke Without the High-End Price
by David R. Brown from El Paso, TX USAThe Cordoba 20TM-CE 4-string tenor ukulele is a beautiful little instrument! With the natural, medium-dark mahogany wood (semi-gloss finish), this uke is is nice to see as it is to hear! The volume ... read more [+]and sustained resonance of its tones nearly rival that of a full-sized acoustic guitar, plus its option to plug into an amp allows for performance on an even larger scale. To those of you who have considered learning the ukulele but haven't tried one yet, I say, GO FOR IT! It's simple, fun, and lightweight, and there may be no better model with which to begin and/or continue than the 20TM-CE. The "tenor" classification means that it is just a bit bigger than a "soprano" and possessive of a slightly deeper, richer resonance (even though the notes are exactly the same, the lowest open string being Middle C). I have played other ukes within this reasonable price range, but none has matched the look and sound of this Spanish-made Cordoba. This is the one! close [-]
September 28, 2011
Music Background: Hobbyist
Well worth the money!
by Heather Stearns from Eastern WashingtonAfter playing this instrument at two gigs this last weekend and rehearsals in between, I’d like to offer my initial opinions.
May 2, 2013
Music Background: Singer/songwriter
It is advertised as being handmade, and definitely appears ... read more [+]well made: all the joints are smoothly fitted and polished. There is not a poor joining to be found anywhere. The neck fits well onto the body, with the seam between the heel and the back of the body nearly indistinguishable by feel. The fretboard is smooth and fast — there are no sharp fret edges anywhere to hang up your fingers. In short, this is a sturdy instrument. It does not feel flimsy or poorly built in any way. Plus, it’s got a beautiful light/dark wood inlay around the soundhole and across the tie-bar on the bridge.
Surprise of all surprises, however: upon close inspection, it appears this little Cordoba has been made with a SOLID top! Wow! If mine eyes are not mistaken, the top of this lovely little uke is indeed a solid piece of mahogany. Which, for those of you not in the know, is a very good thing. Solid tops sound better with age, whereas laminates sound exactly the same twenty or thirty years down the road as they did when you bought them (great, if you buy a good quality laminate, poor if you buy one that sounds lackluster). And this little Cordoba is rocking the solid mahogany: it is leagues above my old Lanikai LU-21 series tenor in terms of sound and resonance. I strung it today with a low wound G string (my preferred ukulele tuning) and it really hums. Rich like an alto voice, but not dark in any way. This is still an ukulele, and it keeps the sprightly sound in the treble end.
Speaking of strings and sound, this instrument comes from the factory with Aquilas (again, my preferred type of nylon string, and the new ukulele industry standard). The intonation is about as “on” as you can get with a fretted stringed instrument. The action is just right, too. Many ukuleles come with high actions (the distance the strings sit above the frets) — many of them sky-high — but this one appears to have been fine tuned from the factory. It plays like a much more expensive instrument.
If I could pick on anything, it would be the electronic pickup. It’s a fairly standard under-saddle “active” setup (requiring a 9v battery) with bass, treble, and volume controls. Very reliable and nothing too exciting. The drawback is that on a poor amplification system, it makes the ukulele sound very thin and “plinky.” On a better PA system, you can get an amplified sound very similar to the actual sound of the instrument, which is fine if you own said better system… but if you’re dealing with whatever your venue hands you, it can definitely be a mixed bag. The amazing part of it is, this Cordoba loses none of its resonance to the unit and associated cords inside the body. Typically, the rule of thumb is that if you wire an instrument for amplification, you are going to lose much of the natural resonance of the body cavity — and the smaller the instrument, the worse this loss becomes. Not so with this little uke. Somehow, it maintains its rounded sound despite the loss of space!
It is very obvious that Cordoba is committed to excellence. They’ve been a top name in nylon-strung and classical guitars for ages, only recently adding ukuleles to their line of products. Their experience with nylon strung guitars really shows in this “miniature:” the 20TM-CE is a polished work of art from its hand-inlayed soundhole and bridge to the resonance it carries. The only drawback is the less than state of the art electronic system. I give it a firm 4 and 1/2 stars because it is well worth the money. close [-]
by Deek from Mid-South USAThis replaced a Lanikai Tenor Koa AE uke that was returned to the manufacturer 3 months after I bought it. Poor customer service with Lanikai meant I looked at other brands; the Cordoba came out tops ... read more [+]- cost was 2/3rds of the Lanakai, and quality of fit and finish was much, much better. Sound it excellent, and I think I prefer the mahogany over koa, but that's a personal preference. My next uke will most likely be another Cordoba, maybe a baritone close [-]
June 26, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist - retired
by Andrew from Canton, OHThis is my first ukulele and I couldn't be happier! The tone is great unplugged and the ukulele looks beautiful (love the feel of the satin finish). It sounds great plugged in as well. I play regularl... read more [+]y at a large church and our sound engineer loved the sound of this thing out front. In addition, the gig bag is really really nice. My only complaint is that it does go flat in between days playing it, but from what I know this is common with ukuleles (and doesn't impact how I feel about it overall). From the research I did before purchasing this instrument, and having it now, I'd say that this uke can't be beaten it it's price range. close [-]
May 13, 2012
Music Background: Full-Time Worship Leader
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