Hey folks! Merry Christmas. Santa brought me a Cordoba 20TM-CE. It is a Tenor Uke with solid mahogany back and sides. I'm new to the ukulele and my only prior experience was with a crappy plastic one with friction tuners that would not stay in tune for five seconds. So, it obviously doesn't compare.
However, I'm a long-time guitar player with an eye for quality when it comes to most stringed instruments, and can confidently say that the Cordoba is a solid instrument and well put together. The fit and finish were excellent out of the box and the action seems to be right according to what I've read about ukuleles. After learning a few chords, I was strumming along to some of my favorite ukulele-based songs. (I don't know why I didn't get a uke earlier... too busy buying other instruments.) This this is just darned fun to play and looks nice. It also has onboard electronic preamp, so plugged into my mixer, added a little reverb and now I'm ready to play live or record!
So, I can only compare to guitars... It reminds me of a miniaturized Martin 000 15M... which is an outstanding little guitar. Online reviews seem to be good, so it looks like a good deal to me... I mean it was a present, so I guess the fact I don't want to return it or trade if for something else is a good sign. No sign of any flaws yet, but if I find any, I'll be back to post an update.
Have a happy New Year!
Reviews and demo video at Sweetwater: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/20TMCE