Cordoba Master Rodriguez Classical Nylon Guitar & Case
Handmade in a boutique workshop in California, the Cordoba Rodriguez combines three generations of tradition with features that bring this guitar into the modern era. Cordoba’s Rodriguez is built with a solid Canadian cedar top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides and a fan bracing pattern with a transverse brace. This gives the guitar a distinctively "Spanish" sound - 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.
- Back & Sides Wood:
- Solid Indian Rosewood
- All Solid Woods
- Made in USA
The Rodriguez family of guitar makers produced incredible instruments for nearly 100 years in the southernmost region of Spain - deep in Andalucia, in the picturesque Moorish city of Cordoba. We honed in on a specific model from the 1970s era, when the Rodriguez guitars shifted to a build favouring an expansion in the size and depth of the body with fewer braces (5 rather than 7). The result is a guitar that pumps out sound in a lively, efficient manner with little effort on the part of the player. The Cordoba Rodriguez mimics its predecessor, built by Miguel Rodriguez Serrano, with its large yet lightweight build and immediate response and outstanding projection.
*Bonus fact*: Cordoba’s founder and CEO named our company "Cordoba Guitars" as a tribute to Rafael Rodriguez, Miguel Jr.'s sometimes overlooked twin brother.
We embarked on designing the Cordoba Rodriguez by examining an authentic 1970s Rodriguez from the inside out. With a goal of understanding the essence of this iconic guitar, we studied wood thickness, bracing designs, material choices, wood grains, and vibration patterns. The combination of our own luthiers’ expert hands, trained eyes, and intuitive ears lead to an examination that was part science and part feel. After listening to and playing these guitars for hours on end, we fully analyzed the balance, resonance and response of the Rodriguez to fully inform our own design choices.
Our small team of skilled luthiers has added modern refinements such as a truss rod, geared tuning machines and a breathable nitrocellulose finish to make this a guitar for contemporary players. A hardshell humidified archtop case is included.