Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele Review

Cordoba 15 CM Concert Ukulele

Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele

In recent days, ukuleles have become an extremely popular choice given their fun and happy tunes, and not to mention the small, portable outlook. They are really easy to learn and play, which makes them even more attractive to new users.

But as simple it might be to learn how to play the instrument, the performance massively depends on the quality of the ukulele. You can't really expect to buy a cheap roadside ukulele and start playing some great tunes on it. For that, you will require good quality and easy-to-use ukulele. The good news is there are a lot of entry-level budget-friendly ukuleles available in the market. 

Enter, Cordoba!

When it comes to entry-level ukuleles, a name that always makes to the list is the Cordoba 15CM concert ukulele. As hyped as the product is, there are controversies around it too.

So, in this article, we will guide you through the design and features of the Cordoba 15CM and help you decide whether it is a good fit for you or not.

Brand Value

Cordoba is a well-known brand when it comes to Guitars and Ukuleles. It makes a wide range of ukuleles in soprano, concert, tenor, and even baritone sizes. Most of their ukuleles are made of mahogany, spruce, or rosewood. But there are ovangkol, maple, and all acacia made series as well.

The Cordoba 15 CM is one of their most popular concert ukuleles. It is a classic figure-eight-shaped ukulele ideal for students, beginners, and occasional players. The hand-crafted ukulele is not only elegant but also gives astounding performance making it appealing to users.

Design

The Cordoba 15 CM has a very common figure-eight shape familiar to most basic guitars and ukuleles. This standard double bout ukulele has a very plain and simple look.

The body of the ukulele is made with laminate mahogany wood in both front and back. It means that only the outer part of the instrument is made with a layer of mahogany wood, i.e. the mahogany lamination, while on the inner part there is a cheaper wood base.

The soundhole ring is decorated with abalone, which adds a bit of glamour to the body. It has a natural honey wood color along with contrasting cream edge binding made of Ivoroid on the top and back. The ukulele has an open pore satin finish to complete the look.

Build Quality

The neck is made of mahogany wood and has a satin finish. There is an average 35mm nut and 26mm from G to A strings. The round, bound necks give the instrument a classy touch.

The bridge of the ukulele has a simple standard tie bar style made using rosewood. It is fitted using a straight topped nut and saddle, which is made of composite material. The inside of the ukulele is also simple and tidy, and the back braces are very thick.

The fingerboard is also made of rosewood material. It is arranged with 19 frets joined at the 14th. There are contrasting cream edge binding strips and a heel. There are position markers that face out in Pearloid dots at the 5th, 7th, 10th, and 12th. The markings are repeated with black dots on the side as well.

The headstock is very simple with a standard shape, decorated with a gold screen-printed Cordoba logo. The tuners have unbranded plain gears with a silver body and large Pearled plastic buttons. Lastly, the ukulele has Aquila Nylgut strings made of nylon.

Product Features

  • Mahagony wood neck and body
  • Abalone rosette
  • Ivoroid binding
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Composite Nut and saddle
  • 14 frets
  • Chrome Tuning Machines with pearl buttons
  • Aquila strings
  • Satin Finish
  • Fingerboard Inlays – 5, 7, 10, 12
  • Standard GCEA tuning
  • Length 24.21″
  • Body Depth 70mm

Price: $80-$100

PROS

  • The ukulele has a modern and elegant look
  • The body is lightweight but tough and durable
  • The mahogany body results in warm and  relieving tones
  • Produces loud, bright, and high-quality sound
  • It has a decent volume and bass
  • The ukulele has a good sustain
  • There are 14 frets allowing it to reach higher notes
  • The figure-eight shape is very comfortable to hold and play
  • The bustles are well organized and situated
  • The ukulele stays tuned in for a long time unlike most beginner level ukuleles
  • It is suitable for beginners as well as professionals
  • The ukulele is also available in soprano and tenor sizes
  • It is a great value for money

CONS

  • It is only available in the usual figure-eight shape
  • The frets are very sharp
  • Composite nut and saddle may not be very durable
  • The sound may be hollow and echoed when played hard
  • The tuners are non-branded and feel cheap

Final Verdict

The Cordoba 15CM is lightweight and nicely balanced to hold. It has great volume output, which you can generate with very minimum effort. The instrument allows you to play a lot of different tunes and diversify your play.  However, if you play too hard, the sound may be hollow and somewhat boxy.

Since the body is not solid, the tone is quite good for a laminate body. It is well balanced between the low, middle, and high notes. The ukulele has a warm, bright, and chimey tone. The fingerpicking is also quite bright and ample on account of the chime and sustain. The longer neck of the ukulele provides more tension on the strings. So the possibility of the ukulele falling out of tune from fretting is relatively low.

The Cordoba 15CM is easy to use, and it is very affordable, which makes it a good investment for a first-time learner. It is also suitable for those who play occasionally. However, it is an entry-level instrument, so it will not match the performance needed for professional or expert use. Hence, it is not the best choice for recording or live performance.

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