Friday, May 14th, 2010

Córdoba Guitars & "Toy Story 3"

World famous flamenco-pop group the Gipsy Kings recently recorded a fiery flamenco version of Randy Newman’s famous “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” for this summer’s upcoming animated blockbuster “Toy Story 3” using their signature Córdoba guitar models. Recorded in London at the storied Abbey Road Studios, the Gipsy Kings’ take on “You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Para Buzz Español)” will be featured in the film and on the official soundtrack. Over the past decade, Córdoba and the Gipsy Kings have worked closely to develop the group’s signature guitars: the thinbody cutaway 55FCE and the fullbody cutaway FCWE. The new Córdoba GK Studio model is based on the original FCWE.

“In Toy Story 3, Buzz Lightyear accidentally gets switched into Spanish-language mode, and there’s a fun Paso Doble-inspired dance between “Spanish Buzz”‘ and Jessie,” says TS3 director Lee Unkrich. “We got the crazy idea to have a band record a raucous flamenco cover of Toy Story’s signature song in Spanish, and we thought the Gipsy Kings would be perfect.”

On May 11, 2010, the Gipsy Kings appeared on the hit TV series “Dancing with the Stars” to perform the new song, playing signature Córdoba guitars during the live show. Watch the video.

Due for release this June, “Toy Story 3” is an animated 3D adventure, featuring Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the rest of the central characters from earlier films in the franchise. The “Toy Story 3” soundtrack will be available digitally from Walt Disney Records on June 15.

Founded in 1997, Cordoba is a leader and innovator in the acoustic guitar and ukulele market. The instruments are internationally distributed, and played by a growing, eclectic group of talented musicians. Learn more at www.cordobaguitars.com.


Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Gipsy Kings Perform on "Dancing with the Stars"

Last night, the Gipsy Kings performed the new Toy Story theme on the international television hit Dancing with the Stars. Lead-guitarist Tonino, along with other members of the group, played Córdoba guitars during the performance. As endorsees of Cordoba, the Gipsy Kings have worked closely with the company to produce signature guitar models: the 55FCE and GK Studio.


Saturday, May 1st, 2010

New Full-Body Fusion Model from Cordoba

Merging the best aspects of both nylon and steel string guitars, Cordoba Guitars’ Fusion series models are nylon-string guitars for steel-string musicians. The newest model in the lineup, the Fusion 12 Orchestra, is the first full-body (non-cutaway) model in the series. Available with a solid spruce or cedar top, rosewood back and sides, and a variety of mic and pickup options, the 12 Orchestra produces a warm, glowing nylon-string sound with the feel of a traditional steel-string.

Featuring Indian Rosewood back and sides, a multi-ringed, hand-inlaid, natural wood rosette, a lightweight Cedar neck, and an Ebony fingerboard and the option of either a solid Canadian Cedar or European Spruce top, the 12 Orchestra is the perfect blend of what’s best about nylon and steel guitars. A light Mahogany binding accents the body shape of the Orchestra, which is slightly altered from a traditional nylon string guitar. The thinner 1 7/8” neck is comfortable for any player, and the radiused fingerboard makes playability quick, comfortable, and easy. The tone is dark and punchy in the basses, with strong, round trebles and balanced mids.

The Orchestra comes equipped with a BBand A1.2 pickup, which has a volume control mounted on the inside edge of the sound hole. The 9-volt battery powered electronics are mounted in a small tube that is directly coupled with a high quality endpin jack making an all-in-one structure. The HZZless circuitry and UST (under saddle transducer) pickup produce a tone that is amazingly clear and pure.

Specs: Solid Canadian Cedar or European Spruce Top • Indian Rosewood Back & Sides • Ebony Radiused Fingerboard (16″) • 12 Fret Neck-to-body Construction • 650mm scale, 48mm nut width

MSRP $755 | MAP $599


Friday, April 16th, 2010

Cordoba Releases First Steel-String Guitar

Leading nylon-string guitar company Córdoba Guitars has partnered with famous surfer/musician Donavon Frankenreiter to release its first steel string guitar model: “La Playa Travel SS”. The ½ size cutaway travel guitar is designed for adventurous musicians to take on the road, and comes equipped with a 2band pickup, battery powered amp and tarpaulin-insulated gig bag.

Based on Córdoba’s original signature Donavon Frankenreiter nylon-string travel guitar, the new “La Playa Travel SS” features premium steel strings, a thinner neck and a radiused fretboard. With globetrotting in mind, the guitar is designed to survive the rough conditions of off-the-beaten-path travel with its convenient size and special tarpaulin-insulated gig bag patterned after surfboard travel bags. The entry-level price tag makes “La Playa Travel SS” the ideal addition to the amateur or traveling musician’s collection.

To learn more about the Travel SS and its companion models, visit www.cordobaguitars.com/laplaya. Frankenreiter recently played the new model on Fuel TV’s daily variety show “The Daily Habit”—watch the video at www.cordobaguitars.com/donavondailyhabit.

Detailed specs include: 1/2 Size, 600mm scale, Satin Finish, Solid Canadian Cedar Top, Mahogany Back & Sides. MSRP: $345, MAP: $279.


Monday, April 12th, 2010

Cordoba’s New Bamboo Ukuleles

New for Cordoba Guitar’s expanding ukulele line, the all-solid, 100% bamboo 25SB and 25CB (soprano and concert size, respectively) are beautifully simple and uniquely striking. The sustainable bamboo makes these models the ideal option for environmentally conscious musicians.

Detailed specs include: Soprano or Concert Size, Solid Bamboo Top, Solid Bamboo Back & Sides, Matte Finish, Bamboo Fingerboard, Bamboo Neck

25SB (soprano) MSRP: $317 MAP: $239
25CB (concert) MSRP: $338 MAP: $249

Founded in 1997, Cordoba is a leader and innovator in the acoustic guitar and ukulele market. The instruments are internationally distributed, and played by a growing, eclectic group of talented musicians. Learn more at www.cordobaguitars.com.


Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

New National Sales Manager

Tornavoz Music, distributor of leading nylon-string guitar brand Córdoba Guitars, has hired MI industry veteran David Hager as its new National Sales Manager. Formerly the National Sales Manager at Taylor Guitars, Hager will lead the Tornavoz sales team in strengthening and creating relationships with music dealers around the US.

“I’m excited to come on board at Tornavoz and Córdoba,” says Hager. “They are dedicated to offering the finest instruments, and I look forward to helping them grow their acoustic-guitar market share. In my 20 years working in the guitar business I’ve built great relationships with many MI retailers, and I’m eager to help Córdoba expand its retail partnerships.”

During his 12-year tenure at Taylor Guitars in the regional, then national, sales manager positions, Hager developed a diverse sales-management skill set, including product development, product-line strategy, key account management, dealer product education, sales and growth strategy development, and budget development and forecasting. Prior to his work at Taylor, Hager spent five years on the Martin Guitar sales team.

“We’re excited to welcome David to the Tornavoz family,” said Managing Director Jonathan Thomas. “He brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge, and we’re confident his history of success will help us accelerate Córdoba’s growth.”

Tornavoz Music builds and distributes the world’s leading nylon-string guitar and accessory brands, including Córdoba Guitars, Jose Ramirez Guitars, Sakurai-Kohno Guitars, HumiCase™, Savarez Strings and Aquila Strings. Contact Tornavoz at (310) 586-1180 or info@tornavozmusic.com


Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Cordoba Releases New Loriente Collection

The Loriente Collection’s five distinctive models represent the best in traditional old-world Spanish guitar craftsmanship. Completely handmade in Spain, the guitars are constructed with the finest all solid tone woods, and adhere to the traditions and techniques of renowned Spanish guitar makers: Torres, Santos Hernandez, Manuel Ramirez, and Domingo Esteso. Select models are finished with a hand rubbed French Polish—a lightweight and resonant finish method used by violin makers since the early 1500s. Each guitar design adheres to the strict specifications of the classic Spanish guitar: the scale length is 650mm, nut width is 52mm, and the bracing is a Torres-style fan pattern that allows for thin and lightweight construction of the top, back, and sides. Street prices range from $1,699 to $4,300.

Learn more at cordobaguitars.com/loriente.



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