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Sounds as warm and vivid as sunrise in Madrid.

Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides, this Rodriguez FC model is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock is Brazilian rosewood, the neck is Honduran cedar reinforced with ebony, and the fingerboard is ebony. A Brazilian rosewood bridge and bone nut and saddles provide ringing tone and sustain. Handmade gold-plated tuners and silver-plated frets are installed to last a lifetime. The body binding and wood rosette are exquisite.

Each Rodriguez Guitar is hand crafted and glued to create precise balances. From the invisible careful sanding, even inside the body, that ensures the finished instrument's 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 worthy of being handed down from one generation to another.

The tone, resonance, and beauty of fine guitars are all dependent upon the wood from which they are made. The wood used in the construction of Rodriguez guitars is carefully chosen and aged to guarantee the highest quality. No wood is purchased before the tree has been cut down, and at least 2 years must elapse before the tree is turned into lumber. The wood has to be well cut from the log. The grain must be close and absolutely vertical. The shop is totally free from humidity.

Each Rodriguez guitar features a multicolored wood rosette, as exquisite as the sounds that issue from it. Their intricacy and beauty signify the attention to detail that characterizes every Rodriguez guitar.

For backs and sides, Rodriguez uses Brazilian Rosewood and Indian Rosewood (Jacaranda). Brazilian Rosewood has a beautiful color and design, making it ideal for an elegant concert classic guitar.

For the top, Rodriguez has experimented with other Spruce woods from various parts of the world including North America, Canada, Alaska, Russia and Sweden, but the Spruce from Central Europe is unique. Red Western Cedar is obtained from Canada and the Northwest U.S. There are many different qualities and colors. As with Spruce, stiffness, grain and weight are important.

For the neck, Rodriguez uses cedar from Honduras as preferred over heavy Mahogany. There are many kinds of Cedar, as the name is used on so many continents. The Honduran cedar used is very hard and stiff, but at the same time, light. Necks are reinforced with 2 Ebony strips on the underside of the fingerboard to give total rigidity and to eliminate movement cased as a result of the aging of the instrument.

Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar Features:

  • Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
    Back & Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
    Neck: Honduran Cedar with Ebony
    Tuner: Handmade Gold-plated
    Headstock: Brazilian Rosewood
    Nut & Saddle: Bone
    Body Binding: Two, Indian Rosewood
    Includes hardshell case


Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar Specifications:

  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 2" (54mm)
    Body Depth: 3.71" — 3.94" (95mm — 100mm)
    Body Width: 11.42" — 14.53" (290mm — 369mm)
    Scale Length: 25.6" (650mm)
    Rosette: Multicolored woods
    Body Binding: Wood
    Frets: 19, Silver-plated


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  • I Really Tried To Like It

    As reviewed by Mike on 8/31/2011

    Ordered this used and had it shipped, so I wasn't able to try it first. I had read all the reviews of people that loved it, and the reviews of the detractors, who I admit I wrote off as being guitar snobs. There is some truth to the guitar not having much in the upper register, at least this one I have. At the high b, 7th fret the volume and tone just drop out. My wife noticed it too. The f# on the second string 7th fret sounded fine, but at the 12th fret b it dropped out too. So this makes me think the guitar itself is not able to produce those high notes very well.

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  • New Manuel Rodriguez FC Classical Guitar

    As reviewed by Patrick Moore on 12/15/2011

    I had played this guitar in the store and was impressed with the sound and the appearance of this guitar. I have been shopping around for quite some time for a new classical guitar. I ordered a new one and it was shipped to my home. The guitar is gorgeous and without a flaw. The playability is quite good and the sound is wonderful. Especially strong and resonant in the lower notes or register. Quite pleased with the guitar considering the price. I would compare this guitar with other guitars in the $4000.00 range. This guitar has exceeded my expectations. PJM

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Used Manuel Rodriguez FC

    As reviewed by The Jham on 4/26/2011

    I picked up a used one of these from a guitar center in Texas. Other than some surface scratches and dings the guitar was in good shape. However many flaws were visible. At the saddle an over application of glue was visible beneath the lacquer, the back pin striping did not line up with the heel, and the bridge was slightly off center from the guitar. I was concerned about all of these at first but concluded that handmade guitars have such issues. After putting new strings on the FC it really came alive. The sound is very loud and the sustain goes on for days. My only complaint is that the trebles are a little muddled but I believe this guitar is meant to have a darker, richer, sort of sound than most classical guitars. The sound is pleasing and romantic especially on the lower strings. If you are looking for an all solid materials guitar look no further. The price is right and the quality is apparent. Not perfect but an excellent instrument none the less.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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