1 giffenf 5 months ago Wasn't it just a couple weeks ago that I was bragging about how I was thinning the herd, and made progress toward that by trading two guitars for one? Yeah, I thought so. And I was doing OK, but then I went into TrueTone and they had the Deltoluxe pickups in stock. They'd already put one into one of their Gretsch 00 acoustics and it looked pretty cool. "Well I have to have one!," I thought. But every acoustic guitar I own already has a pickup in it. So I passed. But as always, that got me ta thinkin.'And I remembered that some time ago, Gary Mandell over at Boulevard Music got a deal on a closeout of a big quantity of Cordoba Acero guitars. These are all-solid-wood dreadnoughts, some with electronics, some not, some with cutaways and electronics, mahogany, acacia, or rosewood backs and sides, spruce tops. These guitars were supposed to MAP for $800-$1,000, but for whatever reason, they didn't make it in the marketplace. So Gary bought a large quantity and he was blowing them out for as little as $399. At the time, I saw them, I played them, I liked them. Like a lot of Chinese-made guitars, there's some variation in the sound quality, but there were some gems among Gary's batch. But I didn't need another acoustic guitar so I let them be. So after seeing the Deltoluxe I thought, "I wonder if Gary's still got any of those Cordobas?" I dropped by, and there was an acacia one on the wall, no electronics, and it spoke to me. I liked it better than the rosewood one. Better than the other acacia one they pulled out of the back. Am I daft enough to buy a guitar just so I can put a particular pickup in it? Well, yeah, I am. For $399? I paid about that much to have a soundhole pickup custom-mounted in my Gumby guitar, so this wasn't an outrageous investment by comparison.Well anyway, here it is, wood binding and rosette, humidified hardshell case, and all. Sounds as pretty as it looks. Review of the Deltoluxe to happen as soon as I can get it done.