Build Quality:4.9 out of 5 stars
Hardware:4.9 out of 5 stars
Sound:4.9 out of 5 stars
Value:4.9 out of 5 stars
Average:4.9 out of 5 stars

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Cordoba C3M Classical Guitar


  • Great tonewood
  • Very affordable
  • Good sound


  • Neck might be a bit thick for beginners
  • Needs more tuning in the beginning

Cordoba is one of the top guitar manufacturing companies nowadays. There are a few reasons for that. The obvious ones are expertise, experience and genuine interest in creating not just good but great guitars. That being said, they do not limit themselves to only creating high end models.  The C3M, part of Cordoba Iberia Series, is a classical guitar at a very affordable price range. This model is a perfect fit for a beginner but will not be a bad idea for a professional looking for something to travel with and not ruin their more expensive model, either.

Build Quality

This is a full sized model with solid cedar top. It is rare to find a good quality tonewood which is also solid in this price range but Cordoba has somehow managed to construct this model with great quality tonewood while keeping it budget friendly. The back and sides are mahogany, another great material that complements the cedar top very well. Spanish fan bracing provides sturdiness and great resonance. The nato neck is sturdy and provides nice relief and will not warp (unless you mistreat it). Overall, I am quite surprised by the quality of the construction on this model. Not because Cordoba does not know how to make great quality guitars (because, boy, they DO) but because it is a rare find to have an affordable guitar with high quality tonewood.


Cordoba has gone out of its way to guarantee great quality not only in tonewood but also in hardware. This baby has bone nut and saddle. Bone nut is often not even available with highest priced guitars and to see it on a guitar in under $200 price range is surprising. The two-way adjustable truss rod and nickel tuning machines with pearl buttons are standard and great quality. To top it all off, this model has matte satin finish that not only looks great but also helps the guitar vibrate and resonate better.

Cordoba C3M Sound

It is surprising and at the same time not so surprising how good this guitar sounds. Surprising because of the price. Not surprising because it is Cordoba and they have some of the best guitars in any price range on the market. Great resonance, sustain and rich tone are just a few things that come to mind when you play on this model. It is a perfect instrument for beginners to make their first steps. That being said, because of the quality of the tonewood it will age well and only get better tone and sound.


If you are looking for a good sounding guitar that will also not scrape out your entire wallet the C3M is one of the top options. Great construction and amazing choice of tonewood result in the sound that is unmatched in its price range. Although the price might be in the beginners range I would definitely recommend this model to more experienced players as well. If you are in need of a good quality substitute guitar that you can take along without the fear of damaging something that costs thousands of dollars, maybe consider this model.  

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