Cordoba Guilele CEItem ID: GuileleCE
6-String Acoustic-electric Guitar/Ukulele with Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, and Electronics - Natural Satin
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A Ukulele-sized GuitarNot sure if you want to play a guitar or a ukulele? Play both! Cordoba's Guilele CE is a unique instrument that combines the guitar's six strings with a ukulele-sized body. It sports a spruce top and mahogany back and sides for big tone from a small instrument. The Guilele CE is handbuilt by Cordoba in the traditional Portugese style for a great playing experience. And the beautiful detailing on the Guilele 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 Guilele CE.
Cordoba Guilele CE at a Glance:
Great ukulele tone from premium tonewoods
The Cordoba Guilele CE's warm and robust tone comes courtesy of its spruce 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.
Plays like a guitar, looks like a ukulele
The 6-sting Guilele CE plays just like a guitar, but has a much smaller body. A guitar-friendly 1.81" nut width makes this instrument comfortable to play. You'll love the portability of the smaller size, especially for travel. The Guilele is tuned a 4th up, which is the same as putting a capo on the 5th fret of your guitar. Cordoba's Guilele 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 Guilele CE is handmade for maximum quality. You'll appreciate the care and attention to detail as soon as you strum your Guilele CE for the first time.
The Cordoba Guilele is tuned up a 4th (same as a guitar with a capo at the 5th fret - A D G C E A - low to high).
Cordoba Guilele CE Features:
You'll get great performance from the acoustic-electric Cordoba Guilele!
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Mario, Indianapolis, IN
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Unique with great tone.
by Brian from San Diego, CAThis is a great little instrument. I mostly play it finger-style with alternate tunings (most people say tune down.) It has very good tone (surprising low end) for an instrument its size. It's undoubt... read more [+]edly a great travel sized instrument, I even saw a guy at LAX with one. I've plugged it in and its amazing with my Fishman Loudbox Mini. I also have to mention that the aesthetics are a plus, it'll turn heads. Recommended most for those who want a unique sound, travel, play ukulele, or guitar. I'm very pleased with this piece. close [-]
November 23, 2012
by Kwong Lee from TXThe quality is ok (although it's made in China) except the nut and the bridge need a little more works on them. I don't think this kind of design should be tuned to A D G C E A. The force is too much... read more [+] to the bridge and the soundboard. I tuned mine to G C F Bb D G. close [-]
May 17, 2012
Music Background: Retired luthier and now part time Jazz player
Great Bang for the Buck!!!
by Barrett Nelson from San Mateo CA USAThe Cordoba Guilele CE is a Superb Guitar/Ukelele.As any professional knows,that there are 4 to 5 custom makers of like type instruments available and they're definitely worth the money that one would... read more [+] pay for that service.As for the Cordoba Guilele CE ,The intonation far exceeded what I assumed might be problematic in the upper register,it is surprisingly resonant for its size and sounds ecven across the fretboard.The Aquila Guilele strings are fantastic and make this little instrument sing.The pickup that comes with the Guilele to my amazement is way better than I thought it would be.All in all,Great Bang for the Buck!!! A special thanks to Greg Savino for his personal care,great customer service ,attention to detail and kudos to his assistant Tina also!!! Sincerely,Barrett Nelson. close [-]
April 11, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician
Cordoba Guilele CE
by Bill from Berkeley, CA, USAMy purchase of a Córdoba Guilele CE was the latest stage in my lifelong quest for the ideal travel instrument. Although I have some minor problems with the instrument, I am generally very satisfied ... read more [+]with it and would recommend it as a pretty good bargain. The construction seems very sound (albeit basic and without many frills) and the instrument doesn't feel cheap, despite the low price. One thing that impressed me was the sound quality and level of volume, as well as the evenness of dynamics: there are no “wolf” tones with noticeably louder tone than others (a common problem with ukuleles and classical guitars in this price range). The instrument is surprisingly heavy, probably because of the electronics and battery. The guilele is intended to be tuned A-D-G-C-E-A, or fourth higher than standard guitar tuning. I now have it at G-C-F-Bb-D-G. Both seem to work fine.
March 27, 2013
Music Background: Amateur classical guitarist and ukulele player
There are a couple of negatives. My guilele came with a checklist certification from the vendor indicating that it had been set up properly and inspected, including specific mention of action height. However, the action at the nut was set considerably higher (by at least 0.5 mm) than I think most players would find comfortable. The too-high nut also made notes fingered at the first and second frets ever so slightly sharp. A local luthier was able to set it up properly in a few minutes (for a fee, of course). My other negative was more a matter of personal preference: As a classical guitarist, I found the neck width (at the nut) of 1.81 inches a bit tight, and would have liked something closer to 2 inches, but I realize that many acoustic steel-string guitar players will find 1.81 inches too wide. So I suppose Córdoba's decision here was a reasonable compromise.
I haven't yet tried using the instrument with an amplifier, so I can't comment on the pickup.
The Guilele CE comes with a custom gigbag with lots of padding and a large external accessories pocket. My bag had a defective strap, but the vendor replaced it promptly when I brought this to their attention. close [-]
Cordoba Guilele CE
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