Models of Crossover Guitar: Cordoba Fusion

Cordoba has a new line that I got to try out at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville in 2008. The rep said that they are designed by master luthier Kenny Hill and manufactured in China.

The Cordoba Fusions look a lot like a classical guitar with a cutaway, but they are 14 frets to the body (like a modern steel-string acoustic guitar), not 12 like a standard classical guitar. The body is not as deep as a standard guitar. It has the full acoustic classical guitar body structure and bracing. They come with a pickup and preamp and are designed to be played plugged in. They all have the standard 650mm scale length, I believe. They have a 47mm nut width, with a slight fingerboard radius; I don’t know the measurements. It feels great and plays great. Acoustically it is not loud, but it would be okay for practicing or playing around the house.

There is a Fusion 12, in black, that has 12 frets to the body, but it is not a crossover. It has a regular full-width, flat fingerboard.

The Cordoba Fusion 14 Jet is piano black, with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides. It looks tacky with abalone binding on the top, and white binding on the pale rosewood fingerboard. It sells for around US $500, with a hard shell case, making it the least expensive crossover guitar of which I’m aware.

Cordoba Fusion 14 Jet
Cordoba Fusion 14 Jet

Detail of binding on Cordoba Fusion 14 Jet
Detail of binding on Cordoba Fusion 14 Jet

Among the line, the Cordoba Fusion 14 RS looks the most like a conventional classical guitar. It has a cedar top, rosewood back and sides, and an ebony fingerboard, and it is finished in a clear coat so you can see the natural color of the wood. It also has a better pickup and preamp from B-Band. It sells for around $800 with a hard shell case. Acoustic Guitar Magazine has a review posted here.

Cordoba Fusion 14 RS
Cordoba Fusion 14 RS

They also have a model with maple back and sides, and a model that has a rosewood top as well as rosewood back and sides. How unusual. They promise forthcoming models with figured koa tops. These are obviously meant to appeal to the jazz or folk player who wants something that looks much more like an acoustic steel-string guitar but has (some of) the nylon-string sound.

If you intend to play plugged in most of the time, this might be a good choice. I think this is an innovative instrument at an entry-level price.

Cordobas are available from online retailers, and you might find a black Fusion 14 Jet on the wall at your local Guitar Center.

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  1. Reading your article with much enjoyment. I too have a few guitars from Martin 00016c all steel strings to an Alhambra classical. Small hands with limited play due to pain of stretching has caused me to look for another guitar. Takamine 2010/2011 which I am patiently waiting for is a crossover I believe that will do well. Taka model TF740FS
    rated a high-end new one from Takamine. A reduced nut size slender neck with an ebony fretboard. It is up there around $1700. Claims to fulfill the “finger style/classical players” all in one. 🙂

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