Manuel Rodriguez C Cedar Top Classical Guitar  

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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and laminated Indian Rosewood back and sides, the Rodriguez Model C Classical Guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock is Indian rose... Read More

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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and laminated Indian Rosewood back and sides, the Rodriguez Model C Classical Guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock is Indian rosewood, the neck is Honduran cedar reinforced with Ebony, and the fingerboard is ebony. Gold-plated tuners and Silver-plated frets are installed to last a lifetime. The body binding and wood rosette are exquisite.

The Rodriguez C Guitar is handcrafted 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 classical 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.

The Rodriguez C classical guitar features a multi-colored 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 guitar.

Case sold separately

Features
  • Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
  • Back & Sides: Laminated Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Honduran Cedar with Ebony
  • Tuner: Gold Plated
  • Headstock: Indian Rosewood
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite
  • Body Binding: Two, Indian Rosewood
  • Case sold separately
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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Manuel RodriguezC Cedar Top Classical Guitar
 
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5.0

Spanish beauty

By Darya Terekhova

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

What a beauty! I'm by no means a guitar expert, but this is one beautifully made instrument. The sound is full and clear. Very playable, too. I can't find any flaws with this guitar whatsoever. In this price range, it's a winner. In my humble opinion, it's a perfect guitar for a rather serious amateur player. I'd like to add a couple of comments to the older reviews of this guitar: 1. I ordered my Manuel Rodriguez C Cedar in the beginning of October 2012 (and received it by Christmas 2012 - 2 and half months wait, but well worth it!) and it did come from Spain. I used to have a Manuel Rodriguez C3 Cedar, which is basically a cheaper version of C Cedar. I bought it used, it was a few years old and made in Spain. I had to sell my C3 though for reasons that have nothing to do with my satisfaction with the guitar - I was perfectly fine with it. When I decided to start playing again, I first ordered a C3 (I used to be OK with the model - why bother looking for a different one?), but, as I found out when the guiar arrived, C3s are now made in China. I don't care that everything else is made in China, but I want my Spanish guitar made in Spain. So, I went one level up price wise and ordered a C model. Bottom line: if you want your guitar to be made in Spain, don't buy a C3, buy a C. C models are still made in Spain - well, at least as of the end of 2012. Besides, C is a much better quality guitar, better materials, more responsive - certainly worth the price difference, and more. 2. Some reviewers mentioned that their Cs had come with hard tension strings. I actually have no information what kind of strings my C came with, but they don't seem to be hard tension even to my wimpy female fingers. I could easily play the guitar right out of the box (after some tuning, of course). The strings were also new (the bass string were not rusted, as bass strings on guitars that have been in storage for a long time can be), so I didn't have to change them. Perfectly playable right out of the box. All in all, I've had this guitar for 4 weeks, and I'm loving it! I'm sure there are better guitars, but in this price range and for my amateur purpose I can't imagine anything better!

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding value

By Manuel Esquilin

from Chicago il

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

I ordered this guitar on line and I didn`t know what to expect ...I was pleasantly surprised at both the quality and the sound of this instrument..For the price ,you will simply not find a better classical guitar ,period..This a real classical guitar made in Spain...And the sound is amazing,full and resonant...The guitar came with hard tension strings..I changed the strings after a couple of days ..I put D'Addario normal tension strings and now the guitar sounds and plays even better..I`m very happy with my purchase..You will be too.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Spanish Made Classical Guitar

By George Austria

from Austin, TX

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

Picking up the guitar again after a number of years, I decided to learn classical guitar and bought this model after doing some research and playing examples at local stores. I know Rodriquez is now producing their lower end guitars in China, but this one came with a certificate stating it was made in Toledo, Spain. It is beautifully made, the solid cedar top is tight-grained, the laminated rosewood back and sides are dark and gorgeous, and the reinforced ebony fretboard is smooth. It came with D'Addario EXP46 hard tension strings which I found too harsh on my fingertips so I changed them to normal tension EJ45's and now I believe it sounds even better. It's easy to play, the action is just right, the frets are medium height, which helps in barring. The only negative I see is the heavy gloss polyurethane finish, which I know makes it durable, but I can't help but think lessens the guitar's responsiveness.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Value

By Michael Ison

from Ft. Thomas K.Y.

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

I am a flamenco player, but I bought this classical guitar as soon as I played it. If you are looking for a big ,bold Spanish tone ,look no further. Throaty bass, and singing hi notes plus a beautiful finish. It is the bomb.

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(29 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding value

By Joseph

from Somerset, Pa

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

The materials used and the quality of workmanship is fantastic. Excellent volume and projection. I have been a classical guitarist for 36 years and have been preforming for over 20 years.The Rodriguez C model will definately be one of my primary stage quitars. Over the years I have spent anywhere from $12,000 and up for handmade classical guitars in Spain. This model is equally as good. I am astounded at the quality and price of this instrument.

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