ABOUT THIS INSTRUMENT
Cordoba's Master Series Rodriguez is handmade in the USA, with a solid Canadian Cedar top and solid Indian Rosewood back and sides.
It features a Spanish cedar neck and African ebony fingerboard, and Rodriguez's 5-fan bracing pattern with a transverse brace. Cordoba has added a few modern refinements, most notably a truss rod.
The result is an instrument that exemplifies the authentic Rodriguez design, voicing, and feel, and captures a rare piece of guitar making history.
Of all the guitars in the Master Series, the Rodriguez is the most "Spanish" sounding, and the most powerful across the registers.
The tone is warm, lush, and round, with bouncing basses and fat, singing trebles. It offers an instant responsiveness and a big, explosive attack at the beginning of every note.
Soundboard: Solid Canadian Cedar
Back & Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
Scale Length: 650mm (25.6")
Width at Nut: 52mm (2.04")
Spacing at Saddle: 59mm
Body Type: Classical
Construction: 1977 Rodriguez 5 Fan Bracing w/ Transverse Brace
Neck: Spanish Cedar (2-way Truss Rod)
Tuners: Ivoroid Master Series
Frets/Markers: 12/19 w/ Dots @ 5,7
Strings: Savarez Cristal Corum High Tension 500-CJ
Bindings: Indian Rosewood w/ Maple & Ebony Purflings
Rosette: All natural mosaic marquetry
Finish: High gloss PU
Extras: Humidified Hardshell Case
THE INSTRUMENT'S FAMILY
Cordoba obtained a 1970s Rodriguez guitar and studied it inside and out, playing it over and over.
The mission was to understand the essence of what gives this iconic guitar such an amazing voice and feel, and then recreate an instrument that possesses these characteristics and carries the same magic in its DNA.
The process was a combination of science and feel; the wood thickness of the top, backs, sides, and braces were measured to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter, bracing patterns traced and mapped, and details of the materials, inlays, wood grains, and vibrations were all carefully analyzed.
The guitar was played and listened to for hours to gain an understanding of the balance between the trebles and basses, resonance of the top, and a sense for the feel and response of the guitar when played in a variety of styles and environments.
Why Rodriguez? The Rodriguez family of guitar makers spans three generations, and Cordoba’s Rodriguez model is based on a 1970s era built by Miguel Rodriguez Serrano, from the second generation.
Characterized by being light in weight yet large in build, these guitars respond immediately to the player's touch, and have outstanding projection. They are also known for their power, needing no amplification in large concert halls.
Rodriguez guitars were produced in Cordoba for nearly 100 years. In the 1970s, the guitars became bigger and deeper with lighter bracing - only 5 fans instead of the traditional 7 - producing a guitar that with very little effort on the player's part pumps out sound in a very efficient and lively way.
These guitars have been famously played and recorded by the entire Romero family for decades, and so for many guitar aficionados, the sound of the Romeros and of the sound of Rodriguez guitars are forever intertwined.