Córdoba Stage review

Described by Córdoba as its “first nylon-string electric”, the Stage breaks all the rules but not your wallet. Does it sound as good as it looks?

Cordoba Stage
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

All in, a great and pretty affordable stage-aimed guitar that’s no slouch when it comes to home recording


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    Neat, compact thinline design.

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    Tidy build.

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    Excellent playability.

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    Very good amplified sounds, especially at this price.


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    Our model had rough fret tops, though there is an easy fix.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.