Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

NAMM Company to Watch

SANTA MONICA, CA – As we wind down from all the NAMM excitement, we want to thank our customers, artists, and partners for spending time with us in Anaheim, CA last week. Our entire Córdoba Music Group team were so proud to present the 2018 Córdoba, Guild, HumiCase and DeArmond product lines to our industry. We have been working tirelessly on exciting new models and have promising prototypes coming down the pipeline. It’s going to be a great year!

Day of Service

We kicked off the week by participating in NAMM’s annual “Day of Service” on January 19th. Music Education is a big focus for our team this year, so we were thrilled to provide 28 Córdoba guitars (varying sizes) for kids to learn a song together.

“The goal was for my guitar students to play “Stand By Me” with other classes of kids playing uke, some drumming and others singing. The students learned simple versions of C, G, D7 and Em and the Cordoba Guitars that were used for this program were exemplary for the class. Easy on rookie fingers, the perfect size, and a great sound made these guitars perfect for this class. At the end of class the students repeated after me… I….. am… a.. Rock Star!” – Glen McCarthy

See more here!

Racking Up the Awards

Nominated by Candyman Strings, Córdoba Music Group was awarded “Best in Show – Company to Watch” specifically for all the hard work that we are pumping into the Guild brand. To be chosen out of the 2,000+ companies exhibiting at the show, this was a great honor.

“Our pick is Córdoba [Music Group], they’ve made terrific classical guitars and ukuleles for years but I’m picking them for a reason much deeper than classical guitars. We’re picking them because of what they’ve done for the Guild line. I’ve been in the industry for a long time. Sammy [Ash] and I were talking this morning about the good old days of Guild. In the age of mergers and acquisitions, Guild got lost in the conversation for a long time which really broke my heart because I was such a fan. A few years ago, Córdoba took Guild over and really put a breath of magic back into the instruments. For me, I’m thrilled and proud of them. I love the guitars, I love that line, but they have that thing, that “magic”. It’s so cool. So that’s our company to watch.” – Rand Cook from Candyman Strings in Santa Fe

Córdoba Guitars was also awarded “Vendor of the Year” for the largest percentage growth with the distinguished AIMM buying group and we’re looking forward to keeping this up in 2018!

Congratulations, Tim!

Our CEO and Founder, Tim Miklaucic, was one of eight new members elected to sit on the NAMM Board of Directors for the next three years to provide oversight and direction to the organization.

Amazing Performances

We are so fortunate to work with talented musicians like Ben Woods, Shane Alexander, Lari Basilio, Michael Hermes, RJ Ronquillo, Tavi Jinariu, Vahagani, Kai Narezo (to name a few!) who can really show off what our instruments can do. From tender classical performances (where you could hear a pin drop) to the high-energy sounds of the 2-time Grammy-nominated Mariachi Divas, to the jaw-dropping licks of Lari Basilio, there was no shortage of inspiration and fun spilling out of our booth.

Mariachi Divas

Mark & Guil

Sad Girl

Shane Alexander

Lari Basilio

Ben Woods


Media Coverage

We were featured on HLN’s “MichaeLA” show (watch the segment here) and KTLA evening news!

More Videos highlighting our NAMM launches featuring the amazing Ryan Cooper!

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018


Córdoba Music Group is seeking to hire a Finishing Department Manager at their factory located in Oxnard, California. The Finishing Department Manager is responsible for leading the Finishing Department (staff and functions) in the manufacturing of both Córdoba and Guild guitars.

This position includes leading the Finishing Staff and processes including preparation, grain fill, sealer, level sanding and paint processes. This Manager will also develop, train and sustain a staff capable of providing a high-quality finish in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The Finish Department Manager will promote a positive environment and maintain all OSHA, AQMD and VCAPCD requirements & obligations.


  • Ability to track throughput of finished instruments and maintain a 1st time pass rate in the 90% range
  • Able to troubleshoot and diagnose defects through root cause analysis and employ/institute corrective actions
  • Knowledge of finishing materials and methods used in the process of acoustic/electric guitars and instruments
  • Ability to apply and teach best methods and practices to the staff members
  • Knowledge of how to maintain and support a safe and effective environment using best methods and practices
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to address personnel fairly and equitably
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent time management, including setting schedule work, provide output capacities concerning both labor and process

Primary Responsibilities:

  • General Staff Management:
    • Instruction & supervision of work — produce constructive feedback
    • Instruction & training to detect defects & flaws
    • Maintain desired level of output/yields
    • Performance evaluations
    • Reinforce and maintain factory cleanliness, organization and a safe working environment
  • Leadership:
    • Improve and maintain the highest level of quality through auditing, training, constructive criticism
    • Communicate issues (i.e., flaws in materials, out of spec conditions, defects in workmanship) with the team and head up problem solving
    • Share capacity constraints to management in a timely manner and provide recommendations for improvement
    • Communicate process & productivity improvements and ideas to management
  • Processes:
    • Maintain accurate inventories and report all scrap
    • Inspect finished units and work in-process prior to final assembly
    • Track all rework, investigate root cause(s) and recommend corrective actions
    • Maintain records of pass/fail yields as required from management

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and compensation requirements to jobs@cordobamusicgroup.com with your full name and “Finishing Department Manager” in the subject line.  No phone calls please.

Please note that this job specification is not intended to be a complete list of duties, and additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Thursday, December 28th, 2017


Cordoba Music Group is a leading manufacturer and distributor of acoustic and electric guitars, ukuleles, basses and musical instrument accessories. Some of CMG’s brands include Córdoba Guitars®, Guild Guitars®, DeArmond® and HumiCase®, which are internationally distributed and played by a wide range of musicians. Córdoba is the largest supplier of nylon string guitars and ukuleles in U.S. retail chains, online retailers, and independent dealers across the USA. Guild is an iconic brand of acoustic and electric instruments with roots going back to the early 50’s. Other CMG brands include Savarez®, and Aquila®, of which CMG is the largest importer and U.S. distributor. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, CA, and distribution and manufacturing facility is in Oxnard, CA.

The Operations Associate will be responsible for sales and operations support as a part of our team in Moerdijk. The Associate will work closely with internal team members in Europe and California, USA and will be primarily responsible to ensure all transactions are timely and accurate, and be a primary point of contact for efficient communication regarding Europe operations.


  • Processing and maintenance of customer sales orders from placement through delivery
  • Processing and maintenance of customer sales orders from placement through delivery
  • Maintaining customer and operations data and assisting with virtual transaction accuracy across 2 systems
  • Assisting the movement of products physically and virtually with third party logistics partners
  • Managing internal and external communication – order status and customer service inquiries


  • Required languages: English, Dutch, German (a plus if able to speak/write more languages than these 3)
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Prior management experience
  • Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Very comfortable with use of computers, ERP systems, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel), web
  • Many varied administrative functions including, but not limited to, data entry, invoicing, reconciliation in multiple systems
  • Comfortable with heavy emails and phone, including inside sales support and customer service
  • No recurring travel required (other than possible annual trip to California to meet with US team)
  • Discipline and interest in processes, process improvement and efficient operations, including comfort working with systems
  • Love of music and/or guitars a huge plus!

Please send cover letter, resume, and compensation requirements to hiring@cordobamusicgroup.com with “Operations Associate” followed by your name as the subject. No phone calls please.

Please note that this job specification is not intended to be a complete list of duties, and additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

CEO & Founder Tim Miklaucic Featured in Music Inc.

Córdoba Music Group CEO & Founder Tim Miklaucic recently gave an interview to Music Inc in their November 2017 Issue. Click here to read about Córdoba’s inception, the process of acquiring the Guild brand, Coco, and more!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Córdoba and Disney•Pixar Partnership Revealed at D23

ANAHEIM, CA – Córdoba was proud to finally reveal an exciting new guitar product line made in partnership with Disney•Pixar for their November 2017 release, “Coco”. During a presentation called “Bringing the Music of Coco to Life” on Sunday, July 16 at the bi-annual D23 Expo, Córdoba CEO Tim Miklaucic was interviewed about this inspiring partnership and collaboration. He explained the interesting process of bringing an animated guitar to life and why the story of Coco had such impact on the Córdoba team. On first hearing about the project, Tim recalled thinking, “this is either going to be a hoax, or it’s going to be one of the best things that ever happened to the nylon string guitar. It turned out to be the latter.”

Nadia Effendi (Disney Franchising), Tim Miklaucic (Córdoba Founder & CEO) and Jim Babcock (Disney Consumer Products) on the “Oh My Disney” stage at 2017’s D23.

The complete Córdoba x Coco collection includes two miniature nylon string guitars (spruce/mahogany and all-mahogany) in a colorful POP package, a 7/8 size nylon string guitar, and a high-end guitar Replica from the film. Though ranging in price points, the collection is tied together by a beautifully intricate design that was inspired by the guitars and Mexican heritage featured throughout the film. The products were on display and seen for the first time by the public at the Expo. As the only licensed Coco product represented, it garnered lots of attention and hype for the film.

The Cordoba x Coco line will be available in the U.S. beginning October 2017 and the film opens in theaters in the U.S. on November 22, 2017.

Tim Miklaucic with Córdoba Artist, Tavi Jinariu.

About “Coco”

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

About Córdoba

Founded in 1997, Córdoba seeks to guide the evolution of acoustic guitars and ukuleles, blending traditional craftsmanship of the early master luthiers with modern developments. Inspired by the organic beauty and honesty of acoustic instruments, every Córdoba is lightweight, responsive, and a direct descendant of the Spanish tradition. Córdoba continues to challenge the definition of the acoustic guitar without sacrificing the authenticity of its heritage. Learn more at www.cordobaguitars.com.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Cordoba Guitars Awarded “Company to Watch” at 2017 Winter NAMM

Cordoba Guitars received the prestigious “Company to Watch” award from NAMM. We were selected out of 1,779 companies who exhibited at the show by a panel of judges made up of some of the most respected experts in the industry. We’re honored to be recognized for the hard work we’ve put into the last year and ready for an exciting 2017!


North American Sales Manager Jason Gano and Northeast Sales Manager Jerry Lynn receive the NAMM “Company to Watch” award!


Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Reverb Article Goes Behind-The-Scenes at Guild California Factory!


We’ve been so popular this past month! Reverb, your favorite website for buying that vintage Guild or gently used Córdoba, visited us at our GuildVentura County, California factory to get the star treatment. We showed them around the state-of-the-art facility and chatted about our plans for Guild USA.

James Brill writes, “At the Guild booth at NAMM 2016, American production models at great prices were highlighted, and the focus on affordable models continued. ‘That’s what Guild is all about,’ (Guild President Jonathan) Thomas said. ‘They are made to be played and that’s our vision going forward. That’s not to say we won’t make more expensive, highly appointed guitars with great woods; we’ll get there. Right now we are focused on making guitars that are accessible to a lot of people.'”

Brill also quickly picked up on the vibe at the Guild factory: “Guild is finally being given its due by the new ownership, with reverence being paid to its past. While improvements have been made in crafting techniques and hardware, the new owners want to honor the tradition of Guild, and make it grow in a crowded but nostalgic guitar market. Keeping a craftsman like Ren Ferguson ensures that production is being handled the right way. While the USA factory has the potential for larger production, it was evident that the deliberate focus was on consistency and quantity at this early stage.”

You can read the full article here! You can also read the Music Trades Magazine article about the latest Guild exploits here.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Music Trades Magazine Features Guild Guitars

Córdoba Music Group acquired Guild Guitars about two years ago; since then, we’ve been hard at work building a state-of-the-art factory in Ventura County, California.

The process has not been an short one, and the journey has been anything but easy. But now, we’re extremely proud to say that we’re producing USA-made M-20s and D-20s! We’ve still got a long road head of us (D-55s and F-412s, we’re comin’ for ya!), but it’s been an honor to continue the Guild legacy.

Music Trades most recent issue chronicles a bit of this story; keep scrolling to read the article in full!

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

Hiring: Guild CNC Machinist/Programmer

*Update June 12, 2015: This position has been filled. Please check back for more exciting career opportunities!*

Cordoba Music Group is a leading manufacturer and distributor of acoustic and electric guitars, ukuleles, and musical instrument accessories. CMG’s brands include Cordoba Guitars®, Guild Guitars®, and HumiCase®, which are globally distributed and used by musicians around the world. Other CMG brands include Savarez® and Aquila® strings, of which CMG acts as primary importer and U.S. distributor to retail stores. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, CA, and distribution and manufacturing facilities are located in Oxnard, CA.

Guild Guitars is seeking to fill the full time position of CNC Machinist / Programmer. The CNC Machinist / Programmer role will assist and modify existing programs in Master Cam and CAMWorks and set up and operate HAAS and FADAL machines. Qualified candidates have 3-5 years experience and will work closely with Manufacturing and R & D to assist with Tooling and set up from start to finish. Experience or knowledge of Musical Instruments and Wood is a plus.

Skills Required:

  • 3-5 years Programming, set up and operating FADAL and HAAS CNC machines
  • Experience with Tooling, Jig and Fixture design and manual Knee Mill work
  • Familiarity with Mastercam and CAMWorks a plus

Salary DOE. Operating hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00am to 4:00pm and some Saturdays.

CMG is offering a competitive salary, bonus, full medical, dental, vision, 401K, and profit sharing plan for a well-qualified and ambitious individual. CMG is an equal opportunity employer.

To submit your application, email your cover letter, resume, compensation requirements and references to jobs@cordobamusicgroup.com with “CNC Machinist” as the subject. No phone calls please.

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