Thursday, December 14 2017 01:45

Holiday Wish Guide: The Disney•Pixar Coco x Córdoba Collection + Guitar Center Lessons!

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This #HolidayWishGuide Special Feature is presented by Disney Consumer Products, Córdoba Guitars & Guitar Center in collaboration with The Rock Father™

Disney•Pixar's Coco is a beautiful film - a critically-acclaimed hit that has managed to win over audiences around the world and here in the U.S. where it topped the box office for three straight weeks. Coco is also a very musical film, one that captures the cultural flair of its Mexican backdrop, opening up a new world of sound for many. When you think about guitars that are also "movie merchandise," the first thing that comes to mind are usually little more than toys with strings - but for Coco an opportunity was present to do something special, and that's exactly what's happened with the Disney•Pixar Coco x Córdoba Collection. Available now at Guitar Center, this new assortment of real guitars is inspired by Coco, and priced and sized just right for both beginning players, or experienced guitar slingers looking for the perfect travel-sized guitar!

We received the Disney•Pixar Coco x Córdoba Mini, a travel-size nylon string guitar that perfectly fits younger players. At first, I was considering another guitar from the Coco collection - the 7/8 scale acoustic (slightly smaller than standard) for our oldest daughter, Addie (age 8), but the Mini is absolutely perfect for this age.

Disney-Pixar Coco x Cordoba Mini Review

Crafted with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the guitar is aesthetically pleasing with a beautiful laser-etched design inspired by Dia de los Muertos, and recalling both Miguel's family history and the guitars featured throughout the film. Set in standard E tuning, the guitar is surprisingly clear, with a bright and full tone. Easy and comfortable to play, the included nylon Savarez 500CJ strings are a bit more forgiving for young hands when compared to steel.

Disney-Pixar Coco x Cordoba Mini Review

The Disney•Pixar Coco x Córdoba Mini comes with a Córdoba gig bag and guitar strap, plus an owners manual and allen wrench for truss rod adjustment. Also available in Mahogany. As of right now, these are selling for just $129.99 at Guitar Center, which is an absolutely fantastic deal.

Guitar Center Lessons Guitar Center Lessons

With a brand-new player in our house, my wife and I had been considering lessons for awhile, and Addie is now enrolled! Guitar Center Lessons also make a great gift, and not just for novice players. Their standardized curriculum is meant to be fun and challenging for both beginners and serious musicians, and there's some real support available for anyone that wishes to learn to play. While guitar is our focus, your local Guitar Center offers Instruction and Workshops for guitar, bass, keys, vocals, drums, band & orchestra, recording software and more. Check out their website for full details and a location near you. 

 Guitar Center Lessons Guitar Center Lessons

Disney•Pixar Coco x Córdoba Guitar paired with Guitar Center Lessons is a holiday gift that can help foster a lifetime of musical memories.

Disney-Pixar Coco x Cordoba Mini Review

Now how about a Coco guitar that you probably can't buy? Taking things to a whole different level of awesome, the Coco x Córdoba Replica is a limited-edition of just 20 made worldwide - a real-world version of Ernesto de la Cruz’s whimsical Mexican-inspired guitar. To bring the animated guitar to life, the folks at Córdoba enlisted the help of Los Angeles master luthier German Vazquez Rubio. It features a skull shaped headstock, abalone inlays, 24K gold detailing, and hand-carved skull tuning machines. The price? Just $15,000 MSRP. Hear the guitar below...

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As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

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