Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar 886830324376

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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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Overview

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
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

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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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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...Read complete review

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.

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(96 of 102 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great looking _ great sounding - great value !!!

By John Aguilera

from Laurel, Maryland, USA

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

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.

(77 of 82 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very pleased

By E. C. Newman

from El Paso, TX

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

This guitar is a terrific bargain for beginning or intermediate players. The sound range and tonal qualities are very nice and pleasant. The construction of the neck makes this guitar especially easy to play. The construction and appearance of the instrument are extremely eye catching. Overall, this guitar compares very favorably with instruments of much greater cost. I'm extremely pleased with this guitar and look forward to many years of playing.

(20 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A gem at a reasonable price!

By David DeMar

from New York, N.Y

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

All I can say is WOW! I am a hobbyist and have been playing acoustic and electric guitars for approximately 6.5 years. I play mainly a Martin D-28 and a Les Paul Studio, so I am used to the sound quality and "playability" of fine instruments. I recently decided to add classical music to my "palette"/studies. Consequently, I needed to find a decent beginner classical guitar at a reasonable price. I have only owned this guitar for one weekend but I just had to post a review. It has a richness of tone comparable to guitars that cost twice as much. Aesthetically, it is a gem! The rosette is gorgeous and the finish is smooth and even. I find that the action is a little high for me, but remember, I am new to this type of neck. I have no other criticism and would recommend this guitar to anyone starting a journey in this genre.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Balance- Price, Tone, and Quality

By Dale

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

For the price range this guitar is hard to beat. I've had mine for about three months, and am thrilled with the quality for the cost. It has a nice comfortable action and the tone is pretty good, although it lacks a little "boom" on the low end - but this can be brought out with a little extra effort on the thumb rest stroke. This is the guitar that I got for traveling, but I have found myself playing it more than my Cordoba FCWE, which cost about five times as much. PRO's: Great quality and playability for the cost. "Good" tone. Comfortable to play. Plays better than many guitars costing two to three times as much. Con's: Some sanding dust left in the guitar - no big deal. Lacks a little on the low end. Long story short - great guitar at a great price. Seems the next step up in quality will cost you at least a grand more. Perfect for a back up or travel guitar, superb for a beginner or casual student.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow - Nice Guitar

By Zevulun

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

I am in love with this guitar. The construction, the feel, the look the sound - are all so much more than I expected from this inexpensive instrument. I am only a hobbyist - but this is a beautiful guitar.

(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb craftsmanship and sound!

By P. Smith

from Lex, KY

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

The quality of this guitar is exceptional. I've heard a lot of classical guitars and the sound of this one is just incredible. Because of availability issues, I was strongly considering compromising on quality and buying a less expensive brand and model. The main thing I was concerned about when I started shopping for a classical guitar was the craftsmanship. Most of the ones in my price range were made in China or Indonesia. I really wanted one crafted in Spain because I knew that was where classical (Spanish) guitar had its origins. This one IS made in Spain. I'm glad I waited to find this one. The action is exquisite and it feels very natural in my hands. It's easy to tune and seems to only sound better and feel better the more I play it. Also, it's an exceptionally beautiful guitar. You can tell the finish was made by someone with a lot of experience crafting guitars. I haven't had any of my old friends over to my house since I got it, but I'm sure they won't be able to keep their hands off it. I first ordered this item from Musician's Friend, but it was not in stock and was expected within two weeks. Two weeks went by and then I was told it would be another two weeks. I called after that and they told me it wouldn't be in stock until 3 months later. Then I found that it was available in-store about 50 miles away. So I made the drive and purchased it at Guitar Center. I couldn't be happier with it.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Made in Spain????

By Brian

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

Based on the great reviews for this guitar, I bought one today. I had been particularly impressed with J. Smith's review, in which he commented that his guitar was made in Spain. The packing box seemed to confirm this, "Manuel Rodriguez - Madrid, Spain" prominently displayed on the outside. It therefore came as a very unpleasant surprise when I turned my new instrument over and spied a little gold oval on the back of the neck bearing that all too familiar legend, "Made in China". I feel like I've been had! Just hope it plays as well as everyone says.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Spain has moved to China...?

By Elle

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

I was very excited about this guitar because I wanted an original Spanish one that was also in my price range. I had heard, and previously read, that this guitar was fantastic and made in Spain, so as you can imagine I was looking forward to buy one. However, my expectations were soon trumped when, as Brian has already said, I turned over my new guitar and I spotted the all-too-familiar tiny gold label with bald letters "MADE IN CHINA." Having said that, the guitar has a beautiful sound, but I'm just disappointed that it isn't made in Spain as I originally thought, and told, it was. To conclude, it is a god guitar, but slightly too expensive for another product made in China, even if it is made with Brazilian and Indian Rosewood.

(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.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice guitar, but the rave reviews led to disappointment

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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.

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