CORDOBA - MINI R TRAVEL GUITAR

Zenith Music | (08) 9383 1422 | www.zenithmusic.com | RRP: $449

Continuing on with the mini/travel craze, Cordoba have taken the idea of a portable, smaller sized guitar, whacked a set of nylon strings on it and have gone with a normal acoustic string spacing to retain a more standard guitar feel. With this point of difference the Mini R could be more than just a fun/travel/mini instrument.

WHAT IS IT?

Essentially the Mini R is a travel guitar with the neck and string spacing of a full sized guitar, but with a reduced body size making it… well travel sized! Solid Spruce is the wood of choice for the Mini R’s top. Some hip minimalist body binding and rosette gives it a cool relaxed vibe. 

 

TRAVELLING BAND

Sitting somewhere in the travel/ mini guitar vein, the Mini R  is (obviously) a smaller sized  guitar making it compact, light  and easy to carry around and  transport. This will be a godsend for those with larger hands or players that like the concept  of the mini guitar, but struggle  getting their fingers around  a smaller scaled instrument.  Tuned up a 4th from standard  guitar tuning (A D G C E A),  you can play the same licks  and chord shapes as usual, but  you get a higher tone from  the guitar almost sounding  like a ukulele or a mandolin at  times. It sort of has the effect  of playing with a capo up the  neck of standard tuned guitar,  great for something different  but not completely foreign that  you can’t play and get a typical  guitar sound.

 

LITTLE R

Tone-wise, the Little R has  plenty of gusto for strumming  or picking, and the increased  string spacing does add some  air of familiarity for guitarists.  Whilst the novelty of playing a smaller guitar is often fun with having to get around a smaller instrument, and ultimately making some fingerings easier, it is a compromise on the technique you’ve worked hard on. This is where the Little  R will be a hit with plenty of  players who just can’t quite  manage the mini thing. I’m also a fan of the nylons strings, as with the reduced body size and higher tuning, you get a snappy higher response that works well.  

Hits and Misses

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Wide neck will please those with big hands

Cool tones with the higher tuning

Portable, easy to manage

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Some player may not like the wider string spacing on a travel guitar

Specs

• Top: Solid Spruce
• Binding & Bridge: Indian Rosewood
• Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
• Width at Nut: 50mm
• Number of Frets: 18

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