I just got a Brazilian Rosewood veneered Aria...I feel ya, some cheap guitars do sound nice. I paid 100$ for mine, the tuners will need to be repaired, the shafts are bent. I'm a cheap guy...so I'm likely going to re-button them and bend the shafts back in a bench vice.
If you actually look inside at the kerfing and bracing, it wouldn't surprise me if it's the same cookie cutter braces of the Cordoba line of guitars.
There is a slap em together mentality of factory guitars. That being said upper echelon factory guitars are more refined in voicing and response, and tonal variations.
I don't ever and will never recommend Cordoba anything. Two hundred dollars is not cheap to some people, in fact that would be considered an expensive guitar for somebody less fortunate.
So when it comes to cheaper guitars I never recommend chinese anything. If you want a pretty faux finish, sure get the chinese tinker toy.
If you want a real sweet bargain look at vintage Japanese guitars.
I have no problem believing you that the cheaper guitar is finished better than the more expensive models because they probably produce more models of that nature.
Quite honestly, I'd love to see the laminated cordoba sawn apart and the Lucero model. They look strikingly similar.
And no...absolutely do not believe it is a rosewood on rosewood lamination. It's going to be a 3 ply...outer rosewood, inner white wood of some sort and another veneer.
I say that because I thought my vintage Aria would be solid laminate construction when in fact it is 3 ply. Still it sounds nice and looks good.
Sadly there is too much fluff surrounding midrange factory guitars. Most of them are the same guitar with an upcharge on questionable wood.
If it features exotic wood and has a low price you can be it's laminated in three pieces...nothing wrong with that, but it should called 3 ply...not rosewood or mahogany which is most likely sapelle or a variant.
I get so peeved to see people suggestiong 500-900$ Cordoba products when you can get the same guitar for 200$
Good on you for being honest. It's not that the upper tiered Cordoba guitars are terrible, but they just aren't that good