Cordoba Cadete 3/4 size - Canadian Cedar Top

3/4 Size 6-string Acoustic Nylon-string Classical Guitar with Mahogany Back and Sides, Canadian Cedar Top, and 1.88" Nut Width - Gloss Finish
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Perfect for Beginners, Smaller Players, and for Travelers!

Ease into classical playing with the Cordoba Cadete nylon-string acoustic guitar! The Cadete sports a 3/4-sized body with mahogany back and sides and a Canadian cedar top, for great tone in a compact size. The solid African mahogany neck provides great sustain and rich overtones. Whether you're a beginner or just looking for an alternative classical guitar, the Cadete is a great value. And with extra touches like the Indian rosewood binding and gold tuners with pearl buttons, the Cadete looks as good as it plays.

Cordoba Cadete at a Glance:
  • Compact size
  • Quality tonewoods
  • Ideal for beginners
Compact Size:

The Cordoba Cadete is easy to play, thanks to the 3/4 body size and 1.88" nut width. The smaller body size makes the Cadete ideal for younger players, or anyone who finds a standard-sized classical nylon guitar just a bit too big. And the 1.88" nut width makes it easier to form chords and change positions, great for new players or those transitioning from a standard acoustic or electric guitar.

Quality Tonewoods:

While the Cordoba Cadete is inexpensive, Cordoba did not skimp on the quality. The mahogany back and sides set a powerful tonal foundation for the solid Canadian cedar top, giving you the right blend of deep richness and brilliance. For maximum transfer of vibration, the neck is solid African mahogany - the tone and sustain are amazing, and you'll love how every nuance of your playing is captured. A rosewood fingerboard and bridge complete the elegant look.

Ideal for Beginners:

From the easy-to-play size to the great price, the Cordoba Cadete is perfect for beginners. Whether you're new to classical nylon-string guitars, or have never played a guitar in your life, the Cadete gives you the right balance of playability, durability, and great sound. But thanks to the premium tonewoods and great looks, you'll want to keep your Cadete well beyond your first years of playing.

Cordoba Cadete Nylon-string Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Great-sounding guitar at a perfect size for beginners and students
  • 1.88" nut width is comfortable and easy to play
  • Mahogany back and sides for full-bodied frequency response
  • Solid Canadian cedar top for excellent definition and projection
Get a great looking guitar at a great price with the Cordoba Cadete nylon-string classical guitar!

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Tech Specs

String Type Nylon
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape 3/4 Size Spanish Classic
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Finish Gloss Polyurethane
Top Wood Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides Wood Mahogany
Body Bracing Fan Bracing
Binding Indian Rosewood
Neck Wood African Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Number of Frets 19
Scale Length 24.2"
Tuning Machines Gold Tuners with Pearl Buttons
Bridge Material Indian Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.88"
Overall Length 37.4"
Body Width 12.36"
Body Depth 3.3"-3.4"
Strings Savarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500CJ
Manufacturer Part Number GUCLCOR-02819

Customer Reviews

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Even better after three years

I wrote a review on March 28, 2014 and thought after three years of playing this guitar I would write a little more. I have played this guitar almost every day since I bought it. If anything it is even more of a pleasure to play than when it was new. I love it's tone and it's a pleasure to play. The finish holds up to anything I have given it too. Not a nick or scratch after three years of use and it has been bumped a few times too. I have the original strings on 5 positions as I replaced the second string right after I had gotten it. I also adjusted the tension rod a little to bring the action down slightly. I just got done playing it and it sits on a stand right in front of my favorite chair.I have a half size acoustic and two electric guitars as well. They rarely get played. If you need a slightly smaller guitar in a classical acoustic, give this one a look. I don't know if they make this guitar with a spruce top or not, mine is cedar and I would recommend it to anyone that needs a little smaller size guitar.

Cordoba Cadete 3/4 Size Just Out of the Box

I ordered the Cadete which was in stock on Friday afternoon. I hadn't finished checking out on my computer, when a Sweetwater sales engineer was on the phone thanking me and asking if I had any questions. He also sent me an E-mail with his contact info in case I needed any help. Later that afternoon, I got a call from Fed Ex saying that they would be delivering my guitar Saturday. They did! Now that's quick. When the box got here Saturday afternoon, I was amazed at the size of the box, The guitar was in a box, that was in another box and that box was in yet another box. each box had stuffing. Needless to say, the guitar was not damaged. Upon inspection, the outside of the guitar was perfect. The sales pictures didn't do it justice. The inside was almost perfect. There is a small white glue drip on the inside of the back in the upper right bout. This in no way affects the sound or outer appearance of the guitar. Next I sat down to try playing the guitar. I was disappointed, the "B" string just kind of went thunk at the first fret. The action was a little higher than I am used to also. As it happens, I had a new set of D'Addario Pro Arte strings I had bought for my son's 1/4 size guitar. Sunday, I put the "B" string on and gave it another try. I was amazed at the tone this little guitar puts out. It sounds as good as my full size Lotus classical guitar, ( I bought the Lotus because of it's rich beautiful sound). This little guitar blew me away with how it sounds and how easy it is to play. The original "B" string had a small nick in it right below the nut. All that said, I am still what I would call a beginner. what I do know is self taught, mostly on a 4 string concert size banjo ukulele with a low "G" string tuned like a guitar. The full size classical is just too big for my short arms and small hands. Perhaps after I have played this guitar for some time, I will write another review. In any case, I would recommend this little guitar to anyone that wants a classical guitar and needs the smaller size, or just wants a small guitar to work with or carry around.
Music background: I am still what I would call a beginning guitar player. what I do know is self taught, mostly on a 4 string concert size banjo ukulele with a low "G" string tuned like a guitar. I have built 3 ukuleles, 1 banjo ukulele and 2 violins, so I am familiar with

Very sweet sound and great value!

I was lucky to find this new on ebay several months ago when it was on order at Sweetwater and everywhere else with no estimated time of arrival. Otherwise I would have bought it from Sweetwater as they have great service and the 55 point check. I am a small woman and the regular size dreads, grand auditorium, even grand concerts were feeling too big. This guitar is amazing! I love the shorter scale length and the size of the body is comfortable for me. I can play blues, folk, jazz on it. It sounds good in all those styles. It kind of has a vintage era sound. Yes, it is 3/4 size but it has decent projection for a small guitar. I think it is the best short scale 3/4 size out there. The workmanship and finish is beautiful too. But sound is the most important element for me. It just happens that the price is terrific. When I brought it to my luthier, he recommended doing nothing to it, and he was surprised the quality of it. Anyone needing something small...I highly recommend this guitar. Anything finger picked on it has a warm intimate sound and feel.
Music background: Hobbyist, keyboard, guitar, hammered dulcimer

Sweet Little Guitar

I purchased this because I love the sound and feel of a nylon string guitar. I like playing blues and while this may not be a traditional choice for blues, Willie Nelson pulls it off and that's good enough for me. Let me say, I am a 53 year old blues wanna-be and certainly no authority on guitars or technique. I can say that this guitar sounds better than the price might indicate. I like the 3/4 size personally and I don't feel I'm sacrificing much in sound. I have an entry level Yamaha as well and this guitar is a quantitative leap beyond it. I'd say for a player on a budget, this should be high on your list.
Music background: Wanna-be blues player

My Fourth Cordoba!

I got the Cadete to use as a small travel / couch guitar that I wouldn't worry about banging up instead of my higher priced Cordoba's. For that it's great. It obviously doesn't sound as rich and full as my others, but it does seem to sound better than the other 3/4-size guitars I tried. It's the first Cordoba I've bought that needed setup upon arrival, which I guess is also to be expected at it's price point. (Would've also been nice if the Cadete came with a gig bag, since the cheaper Protege models do come with one.) The workmanship is great, as are all the Cordoba's I have, but the quality at this price point is nice to see. The neck is very comfortable, and as usual the Cordoba tuners are above standard in their appearance as well as performance. Cordoba is consistently making the best import nylon string guitars out there IMO.
See also: Classic Guitars, Cordoba, Cordoba Classical/Nylon String Guitars