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Handcrafted in Spain with pride.
The Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Style Nylon String Guitar is the embodiment of three generations dedicated to the art and science of crafting flamenco and classical guitars. The care and attention to detail is evident, from the unique headstock to the colorful wood rosette.
Using solid cypress for the back and sides, and solid German spruce for the top, the FF Flamenco is light with an aggressive sound. To facilitate rapid solo runs, the action is lower than standard classical guitars. The guitar is also fitted with a transparent "tap plate" or "Golpeador" above and below the soundhole to protect the spruce top from heavy strumming and tapping.
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.
Every 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 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.
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 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 guitar.
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Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Style Nylon String Guitar:
I just bought an used FF old finish from musician'sFriend. I adjusted action and made the strings lower. Now the 1st and 2nd strings at 12th fret, the gap between bottom of the string and top of the metal, are about 2.1 mm for 1st and 2nd strings, the 3rd string 2.3 mm, the 6th string 2.7 mm. All without buzzing, even played with a pick. If I play only flamenco or finger style. I can adjust the action lower without serious buzzing. The 3rd and 6th strings are the ones which buzzs easily, because their low tensions make bigger amplitude that hit the next fret.
First, I removed original bone saddle. Got a blank bone saddle. Took a rotary tool cut the bone into 6 pcs. Filed top and back sides of the bone chips into 2.95 mm thick, and the height for 1st to 6th strings are 4.9 mm, 5.15 mm, 5.7 mm, 6.4 mm, 6.4 mm, 6.4 mm. This was not a easy task. To achieve the correct thickness of the chips was most difficut. You need a caliper and patience.
I inserted 6 bone chips into bridge. Left a tiny gap between chips. I want all vibrating enery straight down to the sound board.
If one string buzzs, then I simply replace the chip with a higher one. I only need to loosen one string, not all 6 strings. That's the beauty of it. I have done it to my old guitar 5 years ago, and the bridge is still good. I do not see any thing bad happen. Of course, if you copy my way and something bad happens. I will not be responsable for it.
I really don't understand why guitar maker used a long piece of bone saddle for all 6 strings. It does not make sense, because the bottom of the bone can't touch the bridge evenly through out all 6 strings. No matter how accurate they are, below some strings, the bone will not touch bridge firmly. Divide the bone into 6 pcs is the only way to resolve it.
After this, every string in my FF guitar rings like a bell.
I compared my FF with my od C3f. This FF is louder in each string. Especially the 1st one, it sings and ding -----------.
Old fish one does not shine like gloss one. However, I focus on the sound rather than the look.