Cordoba C12 SP - European Spruce Top

6-string Acoustic Nylon-string Classical Guitar with European Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides with Flame Maple Wedge, 2" Nut Width, and Hard Case - Gloss Finish
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A Lattice-braced Classical Guitar

The handmade Cordoba C12 nylon-string classical guitar fuses modern elements with traditional design. It starts with a solid Indian rosewood back and sides with a flame maple center wedge and a lattice-braced solid European spruce top, for rich tones with a lively presence. The mahogany neck with an extended fingerboard provides better access to upper frets and excellent sustain. For a remarkably beautiful guitar that performs as good as it looks, get the Cordoba C12.

Cordoba C12 Nylon-string Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Modern elements meet traditional design
  • Premium tonewoods deliver big tone
  • Great look, great playability
Modern elements meet traditional design

Cordoba incorporated a few modern design elements into the C12, giving it a distinct voice and greater playability. The Cordoba C12 features a lattice-braced top. Lattice bracing increases a guitars projection and sensitivity. You'll also enjoy increased access to the upper frets and increased playability from the C12's raised fingerboard.

Premium tonewoods deliver big tone

You'll love the rich, full tone of the Cordoba C12's premium tonewoods. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides with a flame maple center wedge set a powerful tonal foundation for the solid European spruce top, giving you the right balance of warmth and brightness. The neck is solid mahogany, for maximum transfer of string energy to the spruce top. An ebony fingerboard and Indian rosewood bridge complete the elegant look.

Great look, great playability

The Cordoba C12 is gorgeous to simply look at, from the detailed mother-of-pearl "Esteso" rosette inlay and maple binding to the gold tuners with ebony buttons. And you'll love how the gloss finish shows off the Indian rosewood body and European spruce top. But looks aren't everything, the C12 was designed with playability in mind, and the great look is just the icing on the classical cake.

Cordoba C12 Nylon-string Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Handmade classical guitar with premium tonewoods
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides with a flame maple center wedge for full-bodied frequency response
  • Solid European spruce top for excellent definition and projection
  • Combines elegance detailing with premium tonewoods and classic construction methods for an amazingly playable guitar
  • Modern design elements include lattice bracing and a raised fingerboard
  • Humidified hard case included
Modern elements meet classic design in the Cordoba C12.

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Tech Specs

String Type Nylon
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Spanish Classic
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Top Wood Solid European spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Indian Rosewood with Flame Maple Center Wedge
Body Bracing Lattice Bracing
Binding Maple
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape Traditional
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Mother of Pearl Side Position Markers
Number of Frets 19
Scale Length 25.6"
Tuning Machines Cordoba Premium Gold tuners
Bridge Material Indian Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 2.04"
Overall Length 39"
Body Width 14.6"
Body Depth 3.7"-3.8"
Strings Savarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500CJ
Case Included Humidified Archtop Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 06541

Customer Reviews

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Cordoba C12 CD

Beautiful guitar with a true warm sound. This is most likely the best guitar in this price range. It's construction is very good and it has great tone and volume. The case is also very well made.
Music background: Pro Musician

Cordoba C12 SP - A great guitar!

After playing a fairly cheap classical guitar off and on for 43 years, I wanted a good guitar. As the large music stores don't have upper end guitars in stock, I drove 5 hours to Sweetwater to try out some quality guitars. I tried several and found that the Cordoba C12 SP was what I wanted. What first struck me was the projection and sustain for a classical guitar. The tone is wonderful and the upper range as well as the bass notes ring out very distinctly. In addition, this is one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever seen. The white spruce top contrasts well with the ebony fretboard, but my favorite part is the back. I love the maple center wedge in combination with the rosewood back and mahogany neck. I have never had the opportunity to compare this guitar to more expensive ones, but I feel pretty certain that most classical guitarists would be extremely happy with this guitar. Special thanks to Brent Leuthold at Sweetwater for being so helpful. This guitar will not disappoint you!
Music background: Hobbyist


This is the perfect classical guitar. Action, tone, etc... everything is spot on. For such an affordable price. You CANNOT beat it. All the high end features that you see in really expensive guitars. I can't say enough about it... just buy it!!!
See also: Classic Guitars, Cordoba, Cordoba Classical/Nylon String Guitars