When we were at NAMM this year me and Corey went around to booths in the morning before the show technically started so that we could actually hear the instruments. When we came to the Cordoba booth we were both floored by their new “Mini”. What we really like about this instrument is the feel and the sound. They are promoting it as a mini guitar, but from the factory they are tuned A to A, or C tuning like ukulele, so it’s more of a “guilele” or as some around here are calling these instruments, a “kiku”, not really a mini guitar.
This new instrument is the size of a baritone ukulele and fits into the baritone cases we carry perfectly. (For now, case companies tend to change their sizes on us). Cordoba’s current guilele is a 17″ scale and has a thinner nut width like a lot of guilele’s on the market. These are cramping to play and don’t sound nearly as good as the new Mini in my opinion.
The Mini is a 20″ scale, just under 2 inches at the nut, and it feels perfect. The size of the body and shape of the neck are just right. The tone is great, actually amazing for this price. They start at $199 and go up to $279. After a little setup from us it will truly be a great value for a quality musical instrument. Even I will be taking one home at these prices. Now which one should I get?