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From Cordoba's Master Series, the Esteso is a lightweight, small body guitar with a full size scale length. Its elegant appointments perfectly complement the Esteso’s incredibly balanced voice. This guitar is handcrafted in Mexico.
Lightweight with an incredible tone.
Cordoba’s Esteso is built with either a solid European spruce or solid Canadian cedar top, paired with solid Palo Escrito back and sides. Palo Escrito is a variety of rosewood, renowned for its striking figure, great volume, and light weight. The Cordoba Esteso has a more petite body shape than many full size guitars, measuring 13 ¾” at the lower bout. It has a 650mm scale length, 52mm nut width, and a comfortable classical guitar neck profile. Additional features include a Spanish cedar neck topped with an African ebony fingerboard, flamed maple binding, intricate pearloid rosette, nitrocellulose finish, and Esteso’s 5-fan bracing pattern. Cordoba added a few modern refinements such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines, durable finish, and non-gut strings. The result is an instrument that exemplifies authentic Esteso designs, voicing, and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.
Cordoba obtained two 1931 Esteso models in order to study them inside and out, and play them over and over. The mission was to understand the essence of what gives these iconic guitars such an amazing voice and feel, and then recreate an instrument that possesses these characteristics and carries the same magic in its DNA. The process was a combination of science and feel; the wood thicknesses of the top, backs, sides, and braces were measured to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter, bracing patterns traced and mapped, and details of the materials, inlays, wood grains, and vibrations were all carefully analyzed. The guitars were played and listened to for hours to gain an understanding of the balance between the trebles and basses, resonance of the tops, and a sense for the feel and response of each guitar when played in a variety of styles and environments.
Cordoba then partnered with Francisco Navarro Garcia, who is building each Esteso model with a small team of only a few builders, using traditional Spanish techniques in an old world-style workshop in Paracho, Mexico.
Domingo Esteso is considered one of the greatest Spanish luthiers of the 20th century, with a career that began in the 1890s, and continued through the 1930s. He is responsible for establishing one of the most famous workshops in Madrid, which was later inherited by his nephews. Esteso’s instruments are characterized by their physical lightness, yet great volume and projection.
Top Solid Canadian cedar
Back & Sides Solid Palo Escrito
Binding/Bridge Flamed Maple binding/Rosewood bridge
Purfling/Inlay All wood rope pattern purfling/
Rosette 1931 Domingo Esteso rosette
Neck/Fingerboard Spanish Cedar neck/ Ebony fingerboard
Truss Rod Two-Way Adjustable, 4mm
Scale Length 650mm
Nut Width 52mm
Fret Marker Inlays 5, 7, 9
Number of Frets 19
Bracing/Build 1931 Esteso 5 fan bracing
Body Width & Length 266.70 mm at upper bout/ 349.25 mm at lower bout/ 482.60 mm body length
Overall Length 977.90 mm (38 1/2 ") total length
Body Depth 95.25 mm at upper bout/ 98.43 mm at lower bout
Tuning Machines Cordoba Master Series Tuning Machines - Ivoroid
Strings Savarez Cristal Corum High Tension - 500CJ
Tap Plate/Pick Guard N/A
Case Cordoba Humidified Archtop Wood Case
Warranty: Three years on construction and material defects.
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Orders usually ship within 24 hours (except on holidays and weekends). All guitars must pass a meticulous inspection before shipment. All orders ship fully insured and require a signature for delivery. Upon receiving guitar buyer should immediately open box and inspect for damage. We offer free ground shipping to lower 48 states as well as pay to expedite options. In addition, we offer pay options for all other destinations at checkout.
Terms: We understand buyer's apprehension in purchasing guitars on line. For this reason, we offer a 7 day money back guarantee. We think our return policy is fair and in no way want our customers to be stuck with a guitar that they are not satisfied with, however, it is necessary to set parameters as good business practice. All our instruments are case stored in a conditioned environment and have been carefully inspected for defects. In addition, we will act as liaison regarding manufacturer's warranties. Dulcet Guitars gives you access to instruments you just can't find in big box music stores. We sell fine guitars every day to happy customers all over the world. Please review our return and exchange policies below. Shipping: Orders usually ship within 24 hours (except on holidays and weekends). All guitars must pass a meticulous inspection before shipment. All orders ship fully insured and require a signature for delivery. Upon receiving guitar buyer should immediately open box and inspect for damage. We offer free ground shipping to lower 48 states as well as pay to expedite options. In addition, we offer pay options for all other destinations at checkout. Return Policy On Stock Guitars: All guitars are eligible for our 7 day trial period. Buyers have 7 days from receipt of an instrument to determine if it is right for them. The instrument may be returned for any reason during that time. You must contact us at: dulcetguitars.com/contact and let us know you are returning. The instrument must be in original condition, re-packed as it was received and shipped within 7 calendar days of receipt. Once we have received the instrument and it has passed inspection, we will issue a refund less shipping charges. Buyers are responsible for merchandise until returned and inspected. Returns Policy On Damaged Goods: We will refund 100% of purchase price within 7 calendar days of receipt. Buyers have 24 hours to report any damage or defect at: dulcetguitars.com/contact at which time we will email you a return shipping label. The item must be re-packed as it was received and shipped back to us within 7 calendar days of receipt. The item will be inspected upon return to Dulcet Guitars to determine damage. Once confirmed, customer will be shipped an exchanged item, receive store credit or full refund (customer's choice). Buyers are responsible for merchandise until returned and inspected.