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Cordoba Esteso #M160097 Cedar Palo Escrito
Cordoba Esteso #M160097 Cedar Palo Escrito

Cordoba Esteso #M160097 Cedar Palo Escrito

$2,495.00 $1,995.00

Cordoba Esteso Series Classical Guitar – Small bodied 650mm scale guitar that’s seriously comfortable to play

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Cordoba Esteso #M160097 Cedar Palo Escrito Classical Guitar


Model Cordoba Esteso #M160097 Cedar Palo Escrito
Condition New – Showroom Condition strung with Savarez CRJ500 classical guitar strings
Scale 650 mm
Finish Nitrocellulose, tastefully & lightly done
Tuners Gold Cordoba tuners with Ivory buttons – 18:1 gear ratio
Case Hardshell Cordoba humidified Single Arch Top Case – brown leather look, nice!

Tone Woods

Top Select Western Red Cedar
Sides/Back Palo Escrito
Neck Spanish Cedar (Traditional/Classical Profile) – lightweight truss rod 9/64″ (4mm)
Bridge East Indian Rosewood
Rosette 1931 Domingo Esteso peraloid inlay
Bracing Standard 5 fan Bracing
Fingerboard Ebony with markers at 5th and 7th fret
Purfling/Inlays Flamed Maple binding / Indian Rosewood bridge


Nut Width 52mm
String Spacing 44mm – 51mm – 59mm  (nut – 12th – bridge)
Overall length 38.5″
Body length 19.0″
Upper bout width 10.5″ at upper bout
Lower bout width 13.75″ at lower bout
Body depth 3.75″ at upper bout, 3.875″ at lower bout

Cordoba Esteso #M160097 Cedar Palo Escrito


First impressions are very good.  See below and my comments in the MP3 itself.

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.

The Process:
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.

Why Esteso?
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.


Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is highly recommended including EQ manipulation, if possible. We record everything flat with just a touch of Reverb to relieve dryness. My goal is to record the guitar as realistically as is possible. I speak in the recordings, my thoughts about the guitar (and possibly other things?).  My speaking also serves to give you my first impressions and to also give you a balance of the engineering (or lack thereof) versus the sound of the guitar.  I simply do not have time to engineer much of anything.  Thanks. Rich


MP3 Audio – 190420-Cordoba Esteso #M160097 Cedar Palo Escrito – very nice guitar, easily played.  Good clarity, voice and power out of this handsome instrument.

My Solo Book of sheet music is available here if you’re interested.

Richard F. Sayage – Solo Guitar Works Volume 1



Premium Single Arch Top or Double Arch HSC is included in your purchase price.
Insured FedEx Ground, USPS Ground or USPS Priority/Express Shipping is included to the 50 US
Anywhere else is subject to the most recent quote from USPS
Please write to me for a detailed quote for International Shipping.

Very Important:  International Clients, including Canada…Please note that we will NOT accept PayPal or any CC as payment.  All transactions must be finalized with Bank Wire Transfers for any amount over $1000 USD. Please see our discussion found here and scroll down to Customs – Duty and International Shipping .  Thank you!

Packaging is professionally done within its hard-shell case.
It is always preferred that you come to the Studio to play it and pick it up.

All concert level guitars come with a standard accessory package including extras sets of strings, humidifier, headstock tuner, nail buffer and more to help you care for and maintain your classical guitar. It is my way of saying thank you for doing business with me and Savage Classical Guitar.  Rich


This classical guitar carries a 1 Year Warranty from Cordoba Music Group

Please read my Return Policy

Please inquire using email or phone (Contact Me)

Email me directly if you need more info: [email protected]

Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 45 × 18 × 8 in

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