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Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar  

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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and laminated bubinga back and sides, the Caballero 11 classical guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock and fretboard are made of I... Click To Read More About This Product

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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and laminated bubinga back and sides, the Caballero 11 classical guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock and fretboard are made 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 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 Caballero 11 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.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
  • Back & Sides: Laminated Bubinga
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge: Sapele
  • Neck: Sapele
  • Tuner: Nickel Plated (Standard)
  • Headstock: Indian Rosewood
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite
  • Body Binding: One Rosewood
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 2" (52mm)
    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 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 RodriguezCaballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great looking _ great sounding - great value !!!

The Caballero 11 is everything I expected and more !! I just got mine in a couple of weeks ago and I look forwrd to picking it up every night to play. It is...Read complete review

The Caballero 11 is everything I expected and more !! I just got mine in a couple of weeks ago and I look forwrd to picking it up every night to play. It is amazing looking and feels great with with it's super smooth and shiny finish. The grain of the bubinga is beautiful. This is an incredible value for an excellent Spanish made guitar. The are no flaws on the finish - it is perfect - a wonderful surprise I did not expect is that the headstock has MR inlayed in pearl on it. It looks fantastic !! The neck profile is perfect to play with - it is very smooth and pleasure to play.... definate must buy - I would prefer this to the other more expensive models and brands I tested in the store. I can't get over getting a nice exotic wood and look in such a great performing guitar at a low price !!! enjoy.

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Got what I paid for.

I had high hopes, but I guess you get what you pay for. Mine had a made in China sticker on the back of the headstock and a made in China sticker in the...Read complete review

I had high hopes, but I guess you get what you pay for. Mine had a made in China sticker on the back of the headstock and a made in China sticker in the soundhole. I little annoying that it also came with a letter from the builder claiming that it was built in Spain and the box was stamped made in Spain, but I was not really expecting a Spanish-made guitar. I pretty much knew it was going to be from China based on other reviews. I was okay with that. The problems I had with the guitar were a terrible fret job and poor action. Some of the frets were slightly lifted and the edges were very rough. Very high action right out of the box and terrible buzzing on the second string. I tapped the frets in place, lightly filed the rough spots, and starting experimenting with a different bridge saddle and heavy strings. I eventually snapped out of it and realized that I should just put the thing back in the box and return it to MF, which is exactaly what I did. Going to try a Cordoba C7 next. Twice the price, but probably worth it.

Notes on construction:

BAD:
Very high action.
Lifted frets.
Rough edges on frets.
frets not polished (gritty feeling).
Some small chips in finish, but not terrible.
Badly finished headstock slots with unsanded areas
Tuning machines work, but sloppy and low quality.

GOOD:
Very nice looking cedar top. Nice wood overall.
Great price.
Pretty good tone for this price point.
MF return policy.

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1.0

Not Happy

By Sam

from Lake Arrowhead, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • good price.

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

      The sound is tinney. I bought it to replace a MR model B -made in SPAIN which was lost in a fire. There is no comparison. Will return this one ASAP. Don't even want to play it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice guitar, but the rave reviews led to disappointment

      By E

      from The whole world over

      Site Member

      Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

      I was all set to buy this guitar after reading the rave reviews. I took my cheapest classical with me so I could have a comparison... a low-end Guild Madeira C600 (made in Japan about 40 years ago) with laminated top. While I would agree with many of the comments that this was the best value under $1000, I guess my biggest disappointment is that I didn't think any of the classicals at or below $1000 were better sounding and playing than the Guild ... so, in that sense I was really disappointed. Unlike SS Acoustics, I think I've come to conclude that really good sounding classical guitars are not to be had under $1500. That doesn't mean that there aren't "good" ones, but not "really" good ones. I'm surprised since acoustics have gotten really good in the low price range. Different market, apparently. So, anyway, I'm sticking with my Guild classical on the low end.

      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice guitar, but the rave reviews led to disappointment

      By E

      from The whole world over

      Site Member

      Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

      I was all set to buy this guitar after reading the rave reviews. I took my cheapest classical with me so I could have a comparison... a low-end Guild Madeira C600 (made in Japan about 40 years ago) with laminated top. While I would agree with many of the comments that this was the best value under $1000, I guess my biggest disappointment is that I didn't think any of the classicals at or below $1000 were better sounding and playing than the Guild ... so, in that sense I was really disappointed. Unlike SS Acoustics, I think I've come to conclude that really good sounding classical guitars are not to be had under $1500. That doesn't mean that there aren't ""good"" ones, but not ""really"" good ones. I'm surprised since acoustics have gotten really good in the low price range. Different market, apparently. So, anyway, I'm sticking with my Guild classical on the low end.

       
      2.0

      Pretty when new, but ages poorly

      By Dragon Dave

      from Lakeland, FL

      Pros

      • price
      • Tone

      Cons

      • Poor quality control
      • poor workmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        I bought one of these Caballero 11's about 5 years ago. When I received it, I noticed the gloss finish was VERY thick, but that didn't keep this guitar from producing some sweet sounds.

        Over time, the clear gloss finish on my guitar's laminated sides and back has turned a hideous milky shade of yellow in places. I might understand this discoloration if I been careless enough to store the guitar in the sun, but I ALWAYS put it away in its case when I'm finished playing.

        Granted, this is an entry-level guitar; but this kind of cosmetic problem is inexcusable at any price point. Buyers be aware that the guitar they have in 5 years many look much different from the one they pull from the box when they first receive it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An Absolutely Gorgeous Guitar!!!

        By Eddie Rodriguez

        from Hackensack, NJ

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        I wanted a Spanish made classical guitar. The Caballero 11 was recommended by Joe Gonzalez from the Guitar Center Call Center near Salt Lake City Utah. He also suggested I visit Manuel Rodriguez Guitars website for more information. Upon viewing the mfg. website I noticed it listed a phone number. I called them and was surprised that Mr. Manuel Rodriguez Jr. answered the phone himself and took the time to answer all my questions. He highly recommended the Caballero 11 and assured me that I would not be dissapointed. He further stated that although the Caballero 11 was assembled in China all the parts and materials originated in Spain and is hand crafted and assembled under the supervision of his team. That was enough for me, I purchased it immmediately sight unseen. When the guitar arrived I opened the box the next day at the recommendation of Joe from Guitar center. My curiosity was getting the best of me. Upon opening the box I was floored. The craftsmanship put into this guitar is outstanding. The finish, the cedar top and bubinga back & sides are absolutely beautiful. After tuning the strings several times and allowing the strings to stretch, the tones are heavenly. Forget that it has a sticker that says made in China! If that bothers you, remove it! You would never know! I love my Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11. Thank you Joe, thank you Mr. Rodriguez.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simply amazing

        By Michael Neinast

        from Dallas, Tx

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        I had originally purchased a cutaway acoustic/electric Lucero model for an entry level guitar. After going through two guitars in about 4 days because of constant fret/string buzz from BOTH guitars (which were both fresh out of the box), I looked up classical guitars again online and found this gem. It was $100 more, but the monetary value is far outranked by the quality value between these two guitars. Whether you're a beginner to the classical side of guitar like me, or a seasoned vet, I would HIGHLY recommend this guitar as it is handcrafted (in China, yes, but handcrafted is handcrafted), and has beautiful wood that reverberates with a lovely sound (not to mention is aesthetically beautiful).

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Got what I paid for.

        By 45yrold player

        from georgia

        Pros

        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Quality control lacking

        Best Uses

        • Studentif Properly Setup

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        I had high hopes, but I guess you get what you pay for. Mine had a made in China sticker on the back of the headstock and a made in China sticker in the soundhole. I little annoying that it also came with a letter from the builder claiming that it was built in Spain and the box was stamped made in Spain, but I was not really expecting a Spanish-made guitar. I pretty much knew it was going to be from China based on other reviews. I was okay with that. The problems I had with the guitar were a terrible fret job and poor action. Some of the frets were slightly lifted and the edges were very rough. Very high action right out of the box and terrible buzzing on the second string. I tapped the frets in place, lightly filed the rough spots, and starting experimenting with a different bridge saddle and heavy strings. I eventually snapped out of it and realized that I should just put the thing back in the box and return it to MF, which is exactaly what I did. Going to try a Cordoba C7 next. Twice the price, but probably worth it.

        Notes on construction:

        BAD:
        Very high action.
        Lifted frets.
        Rough edges on frets.
        frets not polished (gritty feeling).
        Some small chips in finish, but not terrible.
        Badly finished headstock slots with unsanded areas
        Tuning machines work, but sloppy and low quality.

        GOOD:
        Very nice looking cedar top. Nice wood overall.
        Great price.
        Pretty good tone for this price point.
        MF return policy.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Superb craftsmanship, tone, playability

        By DonnL

        from Austin, TX

        Pros

        • Craftsmanship
        • price
        • Quality
        • Tone And Playability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • For Any Audience Size

          Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

          I play classical guitar professionally around the country in churches and own 5 classical guitars. This low-end Manuel Rodriguez Cab 11 model is my second from Rodriquez (the other is a high end model, unvarnished with Madagascar ebony on back and sides) and I was not disappointed with this model. Excellent action for playing high up the neck; great volume and tone; and superb craftsmanship throughout--the bubinga wood pattern is beautiful as well. I had to modify the bone bridge insert on the high-end model as the action was too high, but this Cab 11 was set up perfectly.

          I saw this model in a local music store and played it for nearly an hour...I just could not put it down and the price (same as MF) floored me! I am a little surprised to see that Manuel Rodriguez has outsourced this model to China, but I have absolutely no complaints from this model (I own a 10-string classical guitar that is a work of art and sounds incredible--made in China). Rodriguez should be aware of people's aversion to purchasing musical instruments traditionally made in Spain being outsourced to China.

          Most quality guitars do not include fret markers on the side of the fretboard. For the one reviewer who complained about the absence of fret markers, get a White Out Pen and mark the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 12th frets with a White Out spot from the pen. Doesn't damage the finish at all.

          Having said that, I now perform exclusively with my Manuel Rodriguez guitars (and the Cathedral 10-string guitar). Bach never sounded so good!

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An Amazing Value/ An Amazing guitar !!!

          By Robert Cocktosen

          from Long Island, NY

          Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

          Quite simply, this is the best pound-for-pound value in classical guitars out there. I compared it to almost all the others in the store priced under $1,000 and it put most of them to shame. The only one comparable was a Kremona that costs about twice as much. I cannot say enough about this guitar's beauty, craftsmanship, and full, bright tone. I am over the moon about this guitar.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Second review

          By Still love my Mitchell guitar

          from Upper midwest

          Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

          This is my second review on this guitar. I thought to be fair I should add this. The guitar I purchased was not setup well. I sanded the saddle down about 1/8 inch. This made a tremendous difference in the playability of the guitar. There are not any issues with barring at the frets higher on the neck, and the notes are much clearer in that area as well. Sounds much better. You may need to lower the action by sanding the saddle if you buy one of these, but the sound good and are easy to play afterward.

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