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    Well the guitar bug has firmly bitten and taken a strong hold. I do love steel string but I had to try nylon string classical guitar. I visited many music stores over a few months and played a number of them. The problem was the wide nut width, usually 2.04" and the flat fret board. I prefer a radius fretboard on all my ukes and of course steel string guitars have a radius. Enter the crossover models of nylon string guitars, these were conceived for steel string players wanting to try nylon. Most makes have a 1-7/8" nut width and they all have a radius fretboard. Some have a cut away with pick ups for plug in performance. Manufactures like Cordoba, Godin and Taylor to name a few are making these

    I purchased a Cordoba C9 Crossover, solid cedar top and solid mahogany back and sides. It is based on their full sized C9 classical model but has the 1-7/8" nut width radiused crossover neck. This is a very well made and appointed guitar with a rich full sound and I really like it. I am playing folk, pop, country and rock on it just like the steel string and my ukes. It gives a nice warm but articulate sound and feels good under my fingers. The only place I could find this in Canada was Amazon.ca so I ordered from them. It got here in three days but there were issues with it. No doubt it sat in a warehouse and really dried out. The fret ends were ridiculously sharp and the back had sunk inwards instead of bowing outward, not good.

    I contacted Amazon and have 30 days to return it, all no cost to me so it was a free experiment. They have no more in stock so I will receive a refund but I will be buying another one somewhere. I am also considering the C10 which is spruce and rosewood. Cordoba also has a lesser expensive line called Fusion with solid tops, laminated back and sides, cutaway and pick up at about half the price of the C9. If you want to try nylon string but do not like the wide flat fretboard the crossovers are the way to go.

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    Congrats on the C9 Crossover, Dave!! Sorry to hear about yours with its overly dry issue. I have had a couple Cordoba classicals and both have been great. I started with the ever popular C5 and played the heck out of it for quite some time. Now, I have the C7 and it has been good to me. However, my C7 also came to me overly dried out. The fret ends were protruding badly and the top was sunk in. I was very concerned about this when I first received it (purchased used through Reverb - original owner purchased it to learn on but never followed through so it was basically new, other than him not knowing how to care for a guitar and let it dry out). In just a short time and proper humidification, the guitar was showing significant signs of improvement so I kept it with hopes. After about a few weeks all but just a bit of sharp fret ends was back to normal. I had plans to get the fret ends dressed, but they are now so barely noticeable that I just left it as is. The guitar has been serving me well.

    I hope yours can end with a good story

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsfloyd View Post
    Congrats on the C9 Crossover, Dave!! Sorry to hear about yours with its overly dry issue. I have had a couple Cordoba classicals and both have been great. I started with the ever popular C5 and played the heck out of it for quite some time. Now, I have the C7 and it has been good to me. However, my C7 also came to me overly dried out. The fret ends were protruding badly and the top was sunk in. I was very concerned about this when I first received it (purchased used through Reverb - original owner purchased it to learn on but never followed through so it was basically new, other than him not knowing how to care for a guitar and let it dry out). In just a short time and proper humidification, the guitar was showing significant signs of improvement so I kept it with hopes. After about a few weeks all but just a bit of sharp fret ends was back to normal. I had plans to get the fret ends dressed, but they are now so barely noticeable that I just left it as is. The guitar has been serving me well.

    I hope yours can end with a good story
    Thanks for the kind words. I actually started to rehumidify the guitar with promising results. I put it in the bathroom with the hot shower going full blast for 30 minutes, then stuck it in a garbage bag for 12 hours. I have done this three times and our house is hoovering around 50%-60% humidity so I have left it out on a stand. In one week the back has straightened out quite a bit. It doesn't have to be shipped off until June 30th so there is hope I can keep it. I really like the sound of this, I am playing it right now.
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    Nice. I can't really deal with the wider necks anymore. I thought I would like the 2" on the Cordoba Mini but after trying slimmer ones, I like them better. 1-7/8" is the max I want to go even on guilele length, so if I ever got another guitar (not likely), it would be something like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Nice. I can't really deal with the wider necks anymore. I thought I would like the 2" on the Cordoba Mini but after trying slimmer ones, I like them better. 1-7/8" is the max I want to go even on guilele length, so if I ever got another guitar (not likely), it would be something like this.
    Yep. Once upon a time I could play those wide necks with flat fretboards, but not anymore. My last "classical" guitar had a 1-7/8" fretboard with 12-inch radius. So no Cordoba Mini SM for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Thanks for the kind words. I actually started to rehumidify the guitar with promising results. I put it in the bathroom with the hot shower going full blast for 30 minutes, then stuck it in a garbage bag for 12 hours. I have done this three times and our house is hoovering around 50%-60% humidity so I have left it out on a stand. In one week the back has straightened out quite a bit. It doesn't have to be shipped off until June 30th so there is hope I can keep it. I really like the sound of this, I am playing it right now.
    Good luck with the instrument! I hope it reconstitutes well and that you can keep it.
    Margaret, classical guitarist gone uke crazy

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    Great review as always
    I played this guitar at Daveís house. I was surprised how easy it is and never thought I could play a full size guitar. I still remember the guitar chords but the fret marker on the 9th really mess me up! .
    Fell in love with it so what did I do? Ordered a C10 from a shop in the US
    Itís somewhere in Toronto now but tracking stopped all day today
    We will compare the two models once it gets here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twokatmew View Post
    Good luck with the instrument! I hope it reconstitutes well and that you can keep it.
    Thanks very much. It is crazy how quickly I have fallen it love with the sound of this instrument. Just a big uke with two extra strings. Not really but I know you get it
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Thanks very much. It is crazy how quickly I have fallen it love with the sound of this instrument. Just a big uke with two extra strings. Not really but I know you get it
    Heheh, yes I do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoloRule View Post
    Great review as always
    I played this guitar at Dave’s house. I was surprised how easy it is and never thought I could play a full size guitar. I still remember the guitar chords but the fret marker on the 9th really mess me up! .
    Fell in love with it so what did I do? Ordered a C10 from a shop in the US
    It’s somewhere in Toronto now but tracking stopped all day today
    We will compare the two models once it gets here.
    Congrats on the C10!! I have been wanting to get their C10 Parlor classical (or C9, either or). They seem like they might be slightly more comfortable of an instrument. Maybe one day...

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