Manuel Rodriguez Sr.
1961 Manuel Rodriguez Sr. (USA) No. 160, 653 mm scale, 51 mm nut, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original french polish of shellac. Manuel Rodriguez left Spain for Los Angeles in 1957, where this instrument was made. It is however very firmly made in the old Madrid tradition. This particular instrument has the desirable traditional bridge design, and not Rodriguez’ later patented moveable saddle model, which was not a good idea. Because of this, the instrument has a really great traditional Madrid character, with brilliant trebles, immediate response, and focused, firm basses that are round and deep. Carrying power is remarkable and the wood selection is out of this world, with materials that are today virtually unobtainable. Its chief defect is the action which is a tad high, but it could be corrected with a new fingerboard and frets, which would put the instrument into an entirely new category. Because of the action issue (which is the way the instrument was originally built, NOT the result of subsequent deterioration), we have priced this guitar very attractively, far below what Manuel’s sons are charging for their top model currently. $6,500