Best 1/2 guitar review – Cordoba Mini II MH

Mini II MH introduction

This article will provide you with all the necessary information about the Cordoba Mini II MH. If you are interested in buying the Cordoba Mini II MH or you just want to know more about the guitar, you should keep on reading.

Product Description

The Mini II MH is a new addition to the family. It is a travel size guitar, but slightly bigger and with an extended 580 mm (22 ⅞”) scale length, so it tunes perfectly to Standard E. Despite its small profile, the Mini II has a deeper body depth which creates a well-rounded tone that is close to a full-size nylon string guitar. Built with all-mahogany woods, the Mini II MH’s unique voice is mellow, soft and balanced. 

Meet The New Mini II

Price

The prices can vary depending on the website you are buying it from, but mainly it stays between 140 and 250 euros.  You can find the latest prices here!

Pros 

  • Clear, complex tone
  • Neck shape improves playing comfort
  • Travel size with full-size playability

Cons

  • Requires bracing due to head heavy design and no strap
  • Tuning takes fiddling
  • Standard E tuning requires different strings

Is it Worth it?

Small-bodied guitars are quite fashionable these days, and the Mini II, a new instrument by Cordoba, is a nice example of a miniature nylon string that’s easy to play—and easy on the wallet. 

For those wanting to get into classical guitar but have been put off by the playability, the Cordoba Mini II is a worthwhile instrument to get into.

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Benefits:

Without a doubt, from its build and features and actual user comments, the Cordoba Mini II fulfils these travel needs capably. It is lighter and smaller than a full size, nylon string guitar and has the scale length of a half-size guitar like Cordoba’s own C1M 1/2 (580 mm or 22 7/8”). It also features a narrower nut width at 1 7/8” (48 mm), making it easier to play.

  • The size is travel friendly
  • It’s easy to carry along, strum and play for acoustic/electric players
  • It’s a great practice guitar for classical guitarists on the move
  • It’s an ideal beginner guitar

Specifications:

Replacement Saddle03501 72mm Saddle, composite
Electronics Vendor & ModelN / A
Headstock LogoCordoba Logo – Silver MOP Decal
Neck JointDowel Joint
psid32
Back Purfling Inlay Pattern & DimensionsN / A
Nut String Spacing39mm
Back BindingBlack ABS
Tuning Machine Ratio14:1
Side Purfling Inlay Pattern & DimensionsN / A
Tuning Machine ButtonsBlack Plastic Oval
Top Purfling Pattern & DimensionsN / A
Pickup TypeN / A
HeadplateMahogany
Middle PickupNone
Battery PackN / A
Battery Pack Installation LocationN / A
Waist Width190mm (7 1/2″)
Target Instrument Weight2.4 lbs / 1 kg
Number of Strings6
Individual Carton Dimensions93cm L x 34cm W x 10.2cm H
Master Carton Dimensions95cm L x 28cm W x 35.8cm H
TuningE-A-D-G-B-E
pcid1
Frets to Body14
Item Number03951
FamilyTraditional
BuildSmall Body
ConstructionLayered
Body TopMahogany
Top Bracing PatternFan
Soundhole Diameter84mm (3 1/3″)
RosetteAbalone
Top BindingBlack ABS
Side Purfling InlayN / A
Back and Sides WoodMahogany
Back Purfling InlayN / A
Neck MaterialMahogany
Scale Length580mm (22 7/8″)
Neck ShapeC Shape
Nut Width48mm (1 7/8″)
Neck Thickness 1st Fret19mm
Neck Thickness 9th Fret20mm
Truss RodDual Action
Truss Rod Wrench4mm Allen Key
Fingerboard MaterialPau Ferro
Fingerboard Inlays4mm Dots – Pearloid
Frets Total19
ColourNatural (NAT)
FinishSatin Polyurethane
Bridge MaterialPau Ferro
Saddle MaterialNuBone
Nut MaterialNuBone
Tuning MachinesCordoba Satin Nickel with Black Buttons
Tap PlateN / A
ElectronicsN / A
StringsSavarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500CJ
Included CaseCase Sold Separately
Upper Bout Width222mm (8 3/4″)
Lower Bout Width286mm (11 1/4″)
Body Depth Upper Bout75mm (3″)
Body Depth Lower Bout85mm (3 1/3″)
Body Length403mm (15 7/8″)
Overall Length873mm (34 3/8″)
Country of OriginChina

Quality

The Cordoba Mini II MHBody has a satin polyurethane finish, which provides a sleek and attractive look. You’ll find that there is layered mahogany on the sides, back, and top of the guitar. The use of mahogany provides this small instrument with a boosted tone.

Additional Features:

Warranty

Cordoba Music Group (“CMG”) warrants Córdoba guitars and Cordoba 30 Series ukuleles to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for three (3) years from the original purchase date, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase.

Who Is It Best For?

This half-size guitar is a great option to go with if you’re looking to introduce your child to nylon strings. Nylon strings are comfortable and easy for beginning musicians to play and learn on.

Beginning musicians will find that the neck on this half-size guitar has a c profile, which means that it’s both comfortable and easy for small hands to begin playing the strings.

If you’re an experienced musician, you’ll notice that there is a warm and full tone that the guitar produces. The action is also great for pulling it right out of the box, so you shouldn’t have to worry about fiddling with it if you’re looking to pull it out and play.

What Do People Say About It?

You can find some feedback and guitar reviews on Amazon, Sweetwater and Thomann. Overall the Cordoba Mini II MH has been rated on average 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon Review.

Amazon Reviews #1“When considering this guitar, it’s important to take two things into account. 1) this is a half size guitar, and 2) it is built to a specific price point. Those things considered, it is a very good value and a good sounding LITTLE guitar. It’s small and very light, so it’s easy to take places. It’s about halfway between the size of a baritone uke and a full-sized classical guitar. Since it is a short scale guitar and tuned to standard tuning, the strings carry less tension and it’s just not as powerful (unplugged) as a full-size guitar. You may also notice that the lower tension makes the strings feel softer, and may or may not like that. For a short scale guitar with a small body, I think the guitar sounds great and has good harmonics and a sensitive feel to it. I especially like it for fingerstyle and classical. However, it is built to a price point, and the finish on mine had some flaws. Action is good, about 3.5 mm at 12th fret with plenty of saddles available to lower it if you wanted. Intonation is spot on. I would say they focused more on getting the sound and playability right and compromised a little on the finish in order to be able to offer it at a lower price.”

Amazon Reviews #2“I bought this used for $110 bucks and I’m so glad I did. The action is perfect. It has amazing sustain and a lovely reverb for such a small body. Notice that the 12th fret is very far up, and the 14th fret meets the body instead. This allows you to play the higher notes with ease even tho it’s not a cutaway. Also, I can’t emphasize enough that It feels very close to an electric guitar like a PRS…. so it has a nice fusion quality to the action. Some metal frets are a bit sharp on the edges, so I’ll eventually get to filing them down. However, for the price… this is an amazing instrument that I’m really looking forward to travelling with! I can’t wait to take this to the beach!”

To get a better idea of how the guitar sounds and looks like, we have provided you with a couple of Youtube videos, where you can get a quick demo of the guitar. 

YouTube Review #1 – Say hello to the Mini II MH — our popular Mini travel-size guitar, but slightly bigger and with an extended 580mm (22 7/8”) scale length so it tunes perfectly to Standard E. Despite its small profile, the Mini II has a deeper body depth which creates a well-rounded tone that is close to a full-size nylon string guitar. Built with all-mahogany woods, the Mini II MH’s unique voice is mellow, soft and balanced.

Youtube Review #2 – This video is a quick review of the guitar from the beginners perspective. Also, this video depicts that the Cordoba Mini II is a perfect gift for a friend.

The Verdict: Is it Worth It?

Cordoba has delivered a travel guitar that any classical guitarist would be happy to take on the road. With elegant looks, a robust build and very good playability, you would be forgiven for forgetting that the MH comes in at under $200. With such value, it is surely set to become a modern classic!

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