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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 neck is Honduran cedar reinforced with ebon... Read More

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Overview

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 neck is Honduran cedar reinforced with ebony, and the fingerboard is ebony. A 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 two 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 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 two 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.

Features
  • Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
  • Back and Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Honduran Cedar with Ebony
  • Tuner: Handmade Gold-plated
  • Headstock: Indian Rosewood
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone
  • Body Binding: Two, Indian Rosewood
  • Includes hardshell case
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 RodriguezFC Cedar Classical Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

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67%

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5.0

Very happy with this so far!

By Marshall

from Flint, MI

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Build quality looks great.
  • Flawless finish.
  • Great price!
  • Tone is great (after changing the strings).

Cons

  • Slight imperfection on the case.
  • Strings needed to replaced (minor issue).

Best Uses

  • High quality home use classical guitar.

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar:

I had wanted a "made in Spain" classical guitar for a number of years when this came up on the website at a clearance price. I had to have one shipped from the Manhattan branch to my local GC in Michigan and I was concerned that at the price I might be getting a well used/shop worn model. When the guitar arrived it was in excellent condition save for needing the strings to be replaced. I've only had it for a week so far and I'm delighted with it so far especially given the price I paid. In the interests of full disclosure I would say that there was a slight imperfection on the outside surface of the faux reptile skin case and the internal thermometer and hydrometer in the case had gotten dislodged requiring a quick repair but I had no issues with this.
The guitar plays very well, stays in tune after the new strings settled, and so far so good as far as I'm concerned.

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5.0

Excellent guitar! Highly recommended! Stop searching!

By Mark

from Vernon, CT

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar:

My first one from GC developed a crack in the back side of the body after one month. The local GC had brought one in from another GC when I ordered it. It was obvious that it had been kept in a dry and hot place. The frets stuck out on the sides a bit, a sign that the neck had shrunk a bit due to heat and dryness which I found out later, and the body cracked. GC took care of it right away. I asked them to make sure that this time it was ordered from a place where it was kept in an environmentally protected room with controlled humidity and temperature. He called all around and this time found one that was flawless. When buying a guitar like this, it's important that it's kept in an environmentally controlled area of good relative humidity and temperature (look it up on the net). You should also buy a humidistat and also place something in the sound hole to keep the humidity correct inside the guitar. Otherwise, just the outside gets the humidity. All guitars are delicate instruments and need at least this modest and easy care. The MR plays and sounds great. I always love picking it up and playing it. GC is the only place I would buy a guitar, and always get the extended warranty.

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  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Classical Guitar

By Scooterboots

from Palm Springs, Florida

Pros

  • Great Accoustics
  • It Has A Beautiful Sound

Cons

  • Know I Won't Upgrade

Best Uses

    Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar:

    Great accoustic sound. I know I won't have to spend extra money having to upgrade later. Tone is clear and precise

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Poor quality control

    By KL in NC

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar:

    I fell in love with this guitar after playing it in a CA GC, and a few years later purchased one through the nearest GC in NC. The instrument came well packaged. The case it comes with is beautiful. The guitar had rich, clear tones, a slight buzz which I planned to have corrected by a luthier. A few months into it I noticed a long crack on the back, developed from the inside. It was just outside of the return period so I contacted MR co. which provides a 3-year warranty. Could not get so much as a single email or phone call. Very disappointed in the company. I took it to the GC where I'd purchased, and thank goodness the manager looked at it and agreed the instrument must have been exposed to water somewhere prior to shipping. Very pleased with GC's handling of the incident. Would NOT recommend anything by this manufacturer.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar!

    By Karen Leigh

    from Raleigh, NC

    Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar:

    I've been playing with my student guitar for years and decided it was time to upgrade. I went to the GC in Sherman Oaks several times and played a variety of acoustic classical guitars ranging from $300 - $5000. This MR FC Cedar stood out by a mile. There was no significant difference between this guitar and the performance instruments double its price. It took two years but I finally purchased it through the Raleigh NC store where I currently live. The service was great, the sale price was great, and I am so pleased with it. My teacher likes to take it from me to play during the lesson. ;) Some may think only a performance level guitar will do, but for those looking for something with beautiful sound and good sustain, this is an excellent choice in my experience.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I sprang for it

    By Conrad Brinker

    from LBC

    Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar:

    The tonal quality, the action, the craftsmanship, and hardware are to die for. I was playing other Spanish and European guitars at a couple of the retail stores in the range of $700-1200, but nothing could compare. Every time I picked up a cheaper model, it felt, sounded, and played significantly inferior to this. I knew I was going to have to spring for it, or I would be disappointed. Well, here I am now with it in my home, and I couldn't be the happier. Yes, I can understand the elitist review posted here about the lack of absolute Stradivarius perfection in the instrument's design, but it's quite negligible for 99% of people who enjoy playing classical music. You could play this instrument in a professional concert hall and get away with it. It is that good.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    New Manuel Rodriguez FC Classical Guitar

    By Patrick Moore

    from Renton, Wa

    Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar:

    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

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I Really Tried To Like It

    By Mike

    from Madison, WI

    Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FC Cedar Classical Guitar:

    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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