Yes. I think sometimes teamwork can be better. Not everyone can do everything...
In modern society, I think teamwork is a good way in building guitars sometimes...Laudiesdad69 wrote: ↑Thu May 25, 2017 7:48 amRamirez NE and R models are factory made. However, nobody seems to know which factories are making them. Ramirez farms all their estudio guiars out to be made by other companies. Some on this forum have named Raimundo, Alhambra, and Esteve to be the ones. But, who really knows I don't know. They say they are hand made, however they may be built by a team, not by a single luthier.
A lot of the Cordobas are made in China. I have a Córdoba C9. It's an excellent guitar, but is made in a factory. Factory made doesn't necessarily mean a bad guitar. At a certain price point, factory is all your going to be able to get.
I don't believe this is true. My understanding is the Cordoba Master Series are built by a handful of workers that were trained by Kenny Hill in a shop that was set up by him in Oxnard, CA. They are not built by an individual luthier.
Who did you speak to? Blue Guitar in San Diego is a dealer for Cordoba but as far as I know the workshop is in Oxnard, CA. Tim Miklaucic, CEO of Cordoba guitars in their promotional video for the Master Series is quoted as saying "we have several 'luthiers' building each guitar by hand". By the way, I had to send back a Cordoba "Torres" model that I auditioned because the neck was pretty badly warped. The luthier who evaluated it seemed to think the cedar used for the neck had not been allowed to properly dry.Laudiesdad69 wrote: ↑Sat May 27, 2017 1:41 am
That would figure that the wood wasn't properly seasoned. I've had that problem with three Cordobas. It's kind of funny that Córdoba and cracks seem to go hand in hand. Córdoba is definitely hit or miss, so a guy probably doesn't want to buy one sight unseen. I had two of their low priced guitars where the fingerboards had cracks, and a mid priced one that developed cracks in the top. Their production guitars also have frequently had fret ends poking out the sides of the neck, and it makes me wonder if they are stored in hot and dry conditions, and the fingerboard have shrunk as a result of drying out.bluesnik wrote: ↑Sat May 27, 2017 2:02 amWho did you speak to? Blue Guitar in San Diego is a dealer for Cordoba but as far as I know the workshop is in Oxnard, CA. Tim Miklaucic, CEO of Cordoba guitars in their promotional video for the Master Series is quoted as saying "we have several 'luthiers' building each guitar by hand". By the way, I had to send back a Cordoba "Torres" model that I auditioned because the neck was pretty badly warped. The luthier who evaluated it seemed to think the cedar used for the neck had not been allowed to properly dry.Laudiesdad69 wrote: ↑Sat May 27, 2017 1:41 amThat is not what Córdoba told me on the phone. I was inquiring about their Hauser replica, and was told that they had two guys in shop who might build it, and it would be one or the other. They encouraged me to make a list of questions I might have for the builder before the build started. They are built in San Diego by one guy, according to Córdoba.
I had the fret issues on my C5 and C9. The luthier filed them all by hand under the warranty. I had a C1 Protege that didn't have the fret issue. All three of those guitars had cracks in the fingerboard, two of them came that way from Musicians Friend/Guit Cntr wharehouse in Kansas City. The only Córdoba I have left is the C9. After such bad luck with them, I won't buy another Córdoba. I was on the fence about getting a Córdoba Hauser model, but now I'm definitely not going to. I've read too many posts about people's guitars developing cracks. And the fret ends sticking out is common on half of their production it seems. Are they getting stored in hot, low humidity environments in the wharehouse?Dave Stott wrote: ↑Sat May 27, 2017 8:32 pmI've owned several guitars from the made in China Cordoba Luthier series & I've yet to have any issues with them. So I'm either very lucky or the problems are less frequent in the Luthier series. I don't have much experience with the lower tier of guitars from Cordoba (C5, C7, etc)
Having said that, just about every Cordoba guitar that I have owned which were made in Portugal Spain had sharp fret issues or what seems like excess finish on them.