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The Cordoba Espana 55FCE Negra-ME is the chosen guitar of the Gipsy Kings for its thinbody design, deep cutaway, and slightly thinner neck width. This ultimate crossover nylon-string guitar is available for a limited time as a negra model with Macassar ebony back and sides. Macassar ebony is a dense, dark wood often found with blonde streaks. It's known for its remarkably clear, loud sound, and fantastic tonal balance, which pairs nicely with the 55FCE’s solid spruce top for an overall fantastic tone. Featuring the Fishman Prefix ProBlend on board electronics with 3-band EQ, the 55FCE Negra is the perfect guitar for improvisation with an amplified sound. Includes a HumiCase Thinbody Protege case. Handmade in Valencia, Spain.
All guitars purchased on the All Strings Nylon website undergo a thorough setup performed by a professional luthier, Chuck Marfione, at no extra cost to our customers. The setup includes the following steps:
This past Thanksgiving I was shopping online to purchase a Cordoba guitar for my son Mike as a Christmas present. I decided the 55FCE would be the best addition to the Cordoba GK Pro Negra he has used for the past few years on gigs. He plays restaurants, weddings and other events on a regular basis, performing a classical, contemporary and jazz repertoire. The "big box" stores did not have this guitar in stock, but expected more in early to mid December. None could guarantee I could get the instrument by Christmas (it was going to be a present). Then I discovered All Strings Nylon. The same instrument for the "big box" price, but with additional setup. I got in touch with Chuck Marfione, first by email and later by phone. Chuck assured me he had the instrument in stock, and could get it to me in time for Christmas. The instrument arrived with the most impressive setup work I have ever encountered. The first thing I noticed was the frets had been dressed. This was explained in the detailed letter that came with the instrument. Once I played it, I was impressed with the perfect (and I mean perfect) intonation. This is a truly "road worthy" guitar, perfect for my son's use. The perfect intonation Chuck achieved in his setup was immediately noticeable to my son on his first gig. Pieces that move up the neck did not require the compensation in tuning his earlier Cordoba did. The estimate on Chuck's site that his setup is a $135 value is more than accurate. It adds value to this instrument that makes it a much better deal than you can get anywhere else. I am so glad I discovered Chuck's business, and look forward to additional purchases in the future. (Posted on 1/1/2018)
I recently received my Cordoba Espana 55FCE Negra Macassar Ebony from Chuck at All Strings Nylon and I couldn’t be more pleased with the guitar and the setup. Prior to the order, Chuck and I had several conversations regarding my playing style and how I would be using the guitar. I wanted a Flamenco crossover style guitar that I could use for Classical, pop, a little jazz as well as something I could use with my cover band, Secret Sauce. The 55FCE fit the bill perfectly. Chuck provided an expert setup to accommodate my playing styles. I ordered the Barbera pickup upgrade that Chuck installed for me and it was more than worth the additional cost and wait.
Keep in mind that All Strings Nylon is the real deal and not some big box store where some teenage thrasher walks into a huge warehouse and pulls a box off the shelf with your guitar inside it, slaps a shipping label on it and it arrives on your doorstep 2 days later. Chuck is an artisan, his time and expertise are in demand and it's worth the wait.
(Posted on 4/20/2017)
I'm stationed overseas and was looking for a Cordoba 55FCE Negra - Limited Macassar Ebony on the Internet when I ran across All Strings Nylon. I called them and had a wonderful conversation with their Luthier, and owner Chuck Marfione. I explained what I was looking for and he offered his friendly and comprehensive advice guiding me throughout the entire process. I particularly appreciate his recommendation of upgrading with a Barbera transducer making the strings sound wonderfully crisp, clear and balanced. My guitar plays and sounds great achieving the rich classical sound that I was looking for. I especially appreciate both his two-page setup letter detailing every aspect of my guitar and taking the time to optimize the action for the correct balance for my classical and flamenco style of play. His professionalism, attention to detail and personal customer services was superb. I couldn't be more pleased with my guitar and amp purchase experience from All Strings Nylon. My guitar and amp were in my hands only 4 days after it left his shop. I highly recommend anyone looking for this guitar to seriously consider Chuck and All Strings Nylon, you won't go wrong. Thanks Chuck you're the man! (Posted on 7/15/2016)
I was shopping around for a Cordoba Espana 55FCE Negra (Macassar Ebony) and found the AllStringsNylon website. This particular guitar is a real gem and hard to find in the Macassar Ebony finish. I spoke with Chuck Marfione on the phone and had a very pleasant and informative discussion with him. Chuck doesn't just sell guitars. He's a Luthier that carefully listens to your individual needs and then expertly sets up your guitar based on your needs. I have never previously experienced such a high level of customer service that Chuck provided me. My guitar is perfect for my needs and plays beautifully. The attention to detail Chuck put into it is really evident. The Barbera transducer upgrade and La Bella Argento silver hard tension strings are awesome. I really feel fortunate that I found Chuck. He has my highest recommendation! If you're shopping for this guitar, purchase it here. You'll be glad you did. (Posted on 10/2/2015)
I had never purchased a guitar over the internet, so I was understandably cautious when I called Chuck Marfione, the principal at All Strings Nylon, regarding the Espana 55FCE Negra with the Macassar Ebony. Chuck listened carefully to my set-up requirements, including a few expectations that to someone with less experience might seem contradictory. Two days later the guitar arrived. The set up was incredible, just perfect for me, between a flamenco and a classical action and relief. Mr. Marfione detailed in a 2 page letter the specifications in place, including the saddle he fashioned to meet my specs. He also made an additional saddle for a more classical action, which, along with the supplied one, gives me several options.The intonation is as good as I have ever played.
This 55FCE is an exceptional instrument; the build quality and attention to detail is excellent. I could not be more pleased with the amazing work on the instrument,and with Chuck's absolute 'over the top' service. I highly recommend this instrument, especially if it passes through the hands of Mr. Marfione. (Posted on 9/30/2015)
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