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...about Manuel Rodriguez classical guitars
The history of Rodríguez guitars is as rich as the wood from which they are crafted. Manuel Rodríguez — grandson of flamenco guitarist Manuel Rodriguez Perez Marequi and son of classical luthier Manuel Rodríguez Perez — learned the art of constructing a guitar firsthand. His apprenticeship began at the age of 13 in Madrid, where he also began exporting his finely crafted instruments to France, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
Using only the finest tonewoods and expert craftsmanship, Manuel Rodríguez develops distinctive guitars fit for the world’s preeminent artists. Each instrument is as unique and individual as the musicians who play them.
From the least to the most expensive models, Rodríguez guitars are almost entirely handmade.
Rodriguez still employs the traditional Spanish Heel construction technique, where the neck block is part of the base of the neck (rather than a separate block), and the back and sides are joined directly to the neck block, resulting in a solid neck joint and sturdy build.
No detail is too minor to merit attention. For example, the tuning machines are all handsomely and intricately cast, whether nickel-plated or gold-plated. Silver-plated frets from Germany are meticulously set into the fretboard and hand-filed so the strings lay a consistent distance above the fingerboard.
The neck and headstock of Rodríguez guitars are typically made of Canadian cedar, often reinforced with two ebony strips on the underside of the fingerboard to increase rigidity and eliminate movement caused by wood aging.
Each Rodríguez guitar is hand-formed and glued to create precise balances. From the delicate sanding — even inside the body — that ensures purity of tone, to the beautifully unique rosette inlays around the soundhole and on the back of the neck, each guitar is a credit to its luthier and are worthy of being handed down from one generation to another.
Once assembled, each guitar is balanced, and receives a thin varnish coating, which is lightly sanded in order to facilitate the remaining phases of the treatment.


The woods used in all Rodríguez instruments are collected and dried over many years. Manuel Rodriguez Jr. hand-selects all of his woods, which are chosen with close, vertical grain for the best sound and look.
Because of their weight, hardness, stiffness and beautiful color, Cypress, Bubinga and Indian Rosewood are selected for backs and sides. Indian rosewood, in particular, provides the exquisite sound often associated with a classical guitar.
Our hand-made, multi-colored all-wood rosettes, add visual intricacy and beauty to every Rodríguez instrument.

Date: 19 September 2016
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