Featuring a carefully chosen, solid German Spruce top and solid Cypress back and sides, the Rodriguez Model FF guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock is made of Indian rosewood, the neck... Click To Read More About This Product
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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid German Spruce top and solid Cypress back and sides, the Rodriguez Model FF guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock is made of Indian rosewood, the neck is Honduras Mahogany reinforced with Ebony, and the fingerboard is ebony. An Indian rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddles enhance the ringing tone and sustain. Nickel-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 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.
Each Rodriguez 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.
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Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Guitar:
This is an absolutely wonderful guitar...a work of art in both the visual and auditory realms. The solid woods (which you don't get in the same price range for the Ramirez...name recognition comes with it's own price, I guess)are beautiful. The attention to detail is magnificent in everything from the inlay to the setup. I have been a steel string player for quite some time, but always liked Spanish classical, Flamenco, and Mariachi music and decided that I needed a nylon string guitar to get the right sound. My main guitar up to this point has been a Martin OM...a wonderful guitar with great sound. But when I tried out my Spanish repitoire on the Rodriguez, it was like night and day. The lows go on forever and the highs just sparkle. Best of all, this guitar doesn't have that super high classical action. The lower Flamenco action was an easy transition for me and the 2 inch nut gives me more room for fingerstyle. If you are thinking about making the transition from steel string to classical, this guitar is the way to go.
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