"The Cordoba C5-CE - It's become the centerpiece of all my playing"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The C5-CE has a very nice and precise sound with the Savarez Cristal-Corums it is strung with at the factory. I am still experimenting with various combinations of basses and trebles to find the optimal sound for me. The C5-CE is a very warm and expressive sounding guitar, and the Fishman iSys does a good job of capturing that.
The gig bag that came with it is VERY nice gig bag, but since the C5-CE has a solid top I opted to keep it in a HumiCase. I use the tuner in the Fishman iSys ALL the time. It's much more handy than having the grab a separate tuner, turn that on, etc. I DID hear that the B-Band preamp which was previously used in the C5-CE did sound better than the iSys, and I DO wish I had been able to get a C5-CE with the B-Band system in it, but I wasn't able to find an older stock one.
Ease of Use:
It's a guitar, there was no learning curve involved. It is very easy to make it sound good.
The fit and finish all seem top notch. It's certainly fine for use on the road.
I have not needed any work under the warranty. But I did contact the company about some questions I had, and they were VERY responsive and helpful.
I think the C5-CE (at least the one I got) is a great value for the money! Quality and sound as good as, or better than, classicals costing double what I paid.
The Wow Factor:
I don't about it's "sex appeal" LOL! It has nice rosewood veneer on the headplate. It's basically what I've come to expect, but it's not really unique or sexy. I bought it for its sound.
I expect to use this for a long time. It seems like a real keeper. If it was stolen, I would buy another one immediately.