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.
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.
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
Wide neck will please those with big hands
Cool tones with the higher tuning
Portable, easy to manage
Some player may not like the wider string spacing on a travel guitar
• Top: Solid Spruce
• Binding & Bridge: Indian Rosewood
• Back & Sides: Indian Rosewood
• Width at Nut: 50mm
• Number of Frets: 18