Cordoba Fusion Orchestra CE-Cedar Top--ecxellent buy
I’ve been playing professionally and teaching guitar for over 30 years and have played most styles. I’ve had my Orchestra Fusion now for about two weeks. It arrived double boxed and on time. The guitar was in great condition and almost in tune. Acoustically, it sounds wonderful--very resonant and balanced. Currently, I play mainly hollow body electric for classic jazz and blues, and I was looking for a guitar to augment my sound into the Latin and gypsy-jazz realms.
The neck feels very comfortable; the frets are well-dressed with no sharp fret ends. The 16-inch radius and slightly narrower width really help a non-classical player like me. Another bonus is how thin, in terms of depth, the neck is. Nevertheless, I did have to have the guitar’s action adjusted because it was too high for me. The Cordoba web site recommends there be two quarters’ clearance at the twelfth fret, but there was more. Once professionally set up, the guitar plays much better, but this did add to the price.
Now, about the electronics: The Cordoba website is very helpful in providing information about how to adjust the pickup system. The Fishman system has an under-saddle pickup and a mic, plus a control to balance the two outputs. There is also an internal pot that claims to give more emphasis to either pickup, but I found that it did a minimal job in that regard. In general, the amplified sound is very close to the acoustic. One odd thing is that the mic is much louder than the under saddle pickup. I use a looper and noticed that vocals will come through the mic unless you turn the mic off. I also tried putting an L.R. Baggs Para-acoustic D.I. between the Cordoba and my Quilter Aviator amp and found the tonal quality much improved. Overall, in spite of the added cost of set up, this beautiful guitar is a great value. Plus, the folks at Sweetwater were very helpful. I hope this review helps others!