My new go-to guitar
I am an acoustic (mostly steel string) fingerstyle guitarist. When I first played a demo model of the GK Negra at a local chain music store I was not in the market for a nylon string classical. I just wanted to try something different. Different it was! I was immediately blown away by both the playability and the fabulously lush sound I was able to produce. I played for a couple of hours and couldn't stop. A sales person suggested I plug in and when I did it was all over...I couldn't put the guitar down. The Fishman Prefix ProBlend pickup system reproduced all the subtile tonal color that captured my attention when I first started playing acoustically. I knew immediately that I wanted to own this guitar.
The store I was at didn't have a "new" model and wasn't going to be able to get one for over a month. I
found the same guitar on Sweetwater (for less!) and, though I have never bought a guitar that I didn't actually pick up an play first, I decided to give an online purchase a try (largely because of Sweetwater's return policy and satisfaction guarentee). I had my guitar in a couple of days. It was set up even better than the one I played in the store and had the same great sound. This is important because there can be inconsistency in tonal quality between individual guitars even when they are the same model. This was not the case with Cordoba. I was VERY pleased with Sweetwaters service and attention to detail. They made my first experience buying a guitar online a positive one (so much so that I will definitely shop with them again).
I own (and have owned) high end Taylors, Martins and a vintage Guild. I just love the nuances of different tonewood combinations and guitar designs. I could not believe how well the Cordoba stood up against my other much more expensive guitars in terms of tone quality and playability. It is my go-to guitar at home and I fully expect to be using it at gigs regularly in the very near future. The only reason its not my primary gig guitar now is that I re-writing many of my arrangements of songs I play on steel string because, the GK Pro is so playable. I am able to play better and do more with this guitar.
I'm sure a classical or flamenco guitar purist would not appreciate some of the deviations/innovations Cordoba has incorporated into the GK Pro Negra - like the relatively low action, the narrower neck radius and more rounded neck. But it is a beautiful instrument in its own right and a joy to play for a crossover steel string player like myself.
High marks for Cordoba and Sweetwater!