Manuel Rodriguez C1 Cedar Top Classical Guitar  

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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and laminated Indian rosewood back and sides, the C1 Classical Guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock and fretboard are of Indian r... Click To Read More About This Product

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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and laminated Indian rosewood back and sides, the C1 Classical Guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock and fretboard are of Indian rosewood. Nickel-plated tuners and silver-plated frets are installed to last a lifetime. The body binding and wood rosette are exquisite.

The 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 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 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 Honduras 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.

Features
  • Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
  • Back & Sides: Laminated Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Sapele
  • Tuner: Nickel Plated
  • Headstock: Indian Rosewood
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite
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 RodriguezC1 Cedar Top Classical Guitar
 
5.0

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Beautiful tone

By Sydney Winchester

from Blue Ridge, TX

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C1 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

I bought this guitar after returning an Ibanez AEG10NE that had a bad fingerboard to my local GC store. I had intended to just swap for another Ibanez, but while looking at that I saw this guitar. Just a few notes and I was hooked. It has a nice warm tone and projects well. The action is slightly high, but I am used to playing a steel string, so to someone used to a classical, it might be fantastic. Still, guitars are like cars, you have to get it set-up just for you. The woods on the guitar are beautiful, and the finish has no mars or dull spots. The cedar top is a pretty golden color with red undertones, and the grain is nice and even. The rosewood laminate on the back and sides is striking and makes the guitar stand out just enough. Around the sound hole is a multicolored rosette made from laminated wood that is intricate and stylish, with a definite Spanish look. I have researched and tried many nylon string guitars, and the materials and workmanship on this guitar is comparable to many more expensive models. I think it is comparable to A New World Guitar ES650, which sells for around $500 more (the ES650 does have a truss rod, where this guitar has a solid Sapele neck). IMHO, this guitar sounds better though, perhaps because of that solid neck! Just a couple of things- the website specifies nickel tuners, while they may be underneath, the tuners on my guitar are gold-tone with pearl-like tuning keys, they look nice with the rest of the guitar. :) Also, the website says it has a Tusq Graphite nut and bridge, but it is actually cow bone; that is good, actually, Tusq is awesome stuff, but real bone makes the sound warmer.

(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The most beautifal tone.

By Steve

from Warwick, RI

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C1 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

I cannot believe how good this guitar has sounded, I have owned and played this fine work of art for about 3 months now. Let me just say, for the price, when I was trying many guitars out, i had a hard time, picking, then I found this, right away i knew. The sound and tone is that of a $1000 or more Classical. I really can't believe the quality woods and sound for $400 dollars. Will never buy anyything but Rodriguez now. I know why they have been selling guitars for over 100 years now.

(28 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar !!

By Alessandro S.

from Toronto, Canada, but originally from Brazil

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C1 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

It's been almost a month since I bought this guitar. I wanted a classical to play bossa nova. I was deciding between the Rodriguez and the Almansa, wich was cheaper and louder too. I choose the Rodriguez C1 because of the rosewood back and sides and also because they are on the market since 1905. A few days later I was skeptical about the sound, I thought it wasn't loud enough. But I kept playing and now I love this guitar. The sound is perfect for bossa nova. The details and finishing are beautiful too.

(53 of 91 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good guitar

By Carmen

from new york

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez C1 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

this guitar is really good, excellent sound and use to use, good for beginerrs or intermidate. i would reccomand it for other players who prefer nylon string over steel string such as myself.

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