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Classical Guitars under 1000 - Comparison Test 1
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Compare the Cordoba C7-CE CD/IN to the Alhambra 3C-CW-US

See how the Cordoba C7-CE CD/IN stacks up against the Alhambra 3C-CW-US in today's product comparison. Our tests and reviews can help point you towards models and brands that suit your needs. If you would like to see more product comparisons and reviews in this category, click here.

The first product we will be looking at is the Cordoba C7-CE CD/IN. The C7 CE has been a long-time member of Cordoba’s guitar troop. It was the second guitar released in the C7 line of the Iberia series- its no doubt a significant improvement from the original C7. The difference between the two sister products, the C7 and C7 CE, is mainly the cutaway (and a Fishman preamp!).

The second product we are looking at in this head-to-head review is the Alhambra 3C-CW-US. Alhambra is a Spanish company that has been creating guitars since 1965, and it’s easy to say that they pride themselves on having the best guitar in the world both for flamenco and classical players. 110 professional workers craft each instrument that comes from Alhambra. Each employee puts their heart into creating the best possible guitar for their future customers, and the Alhambra 3C-CW is no exception. This semi hollow body guitar comes with a cutaway that is ideal for those players that like to have an easier time reaching the higher strings.


Let's take a closer look at the Cordoba C7-CE CD/IN

With the C7 CE you will able to reach the higher strings with ease, and that’s exactly what Cordoba wanted to achieve. Their company is known for creating quality, traditional classical Spanish guitars, while incorporating the needs of modern guitarists within the model. In this case, the useful feature is the cutaway. Due to this feature, the strings may be placed too high off the fretboard for a few guitarists, and some might consider the action to be too high. Overall, however, this is the prefect product if you’re looking for a fabulous guitar that sounds as good as it looks!


Taking a look at the features of the Alhambra 3C-CW-US

Sound

HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Cordoba C7-CE CD/IN Alhambra 3C-CW-US
KEY FEATURES
+ Comes with a gig back
+ Includes quality strings
+ Solid, Canadian cedar top
+ No loss of tone or amplitude

+ Comes with warranty
+ Light-weight
+ Left-handed model available
+ Comes with hard case

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
With a total of 19 frets, you will be able to play the highest flamencos with this beauty. The traditional fan bracing featured in this guitar helps both intermediate and beginner guitarists achieve a rich, resonant sound. This kind of distinct tone is perfect for performing on stage or in a recording studio. Cons: - Action may be too high This guitar is the most sought-after model in Alhambra’s cutaway production line. If you’re eager to have a genuine Spanish classical guitar that emanates sound as warm as the Spanish sun, then the 3c-CW should be the perfect choice for you. The 3C-CW is built with steel-string players in mind too, since the neck is slightly narrower than it is common for standard classical guitars to have. Cons: - May feel bulky for some


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