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Jasmine Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar

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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and laminated bubinga back and sides, the Caballero 11 classical guitar is a beauty to behold ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Brings together a bubinga body with a cedar top for resplendent tone.

Featuring a carefully chosen, solid Canadian cedar top and laminated bubinga back and sides, the Caballero 11 classical guitar is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock and fretboard are made of Indian rosewood. Nickel-plated tuners and Silver-plated frets are installed to last a lifetime. The body binding and wood rosette are exquisite.

The 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.

The Rodriguez Caballero 11 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.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
  • Back & Sides: Laminated Bubinga
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Bridge: Sapele
  • Neck: Sapele
  • Tuner: Nickel Plated (Standard)
  • Headstock: Indian Rosewood
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq Graphite
  • Body Binding: One Rosewood
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 2" (52mm)
  • Body Depth: 3.71" ” 3.94" (95mm ” 100mm)
  • Body Width: 11.42" ” 14.53" (290mm ” 369mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.6" (650mm)
  • Rosette: Multicolored woods
  • Body Binding: Wood
  • Frets: 19, Silver-plated Fingerboard Width at Nut: 2" (54mm)
  • Body Depth: 3.71" ” 3.94" (95mm ” 100mm)
  • Body Width: 11.42" ” 14.53" (290mm ” 369mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.6" (650mm)
  • Rosette: Multicolored woods
  • Body Binding: Wood
  • Frets: 19, Silver-plated
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Manuel RodriguezCaballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb craftsmanship, tone, playability

I play classical guitar professionally around the country in churches and own 5 classical guitars. This low-end Manuel Rodriguez Cab 11 model is my second from Rodriquez (the other is a high end...Read complete review

I play classical guitar professionally around the country in churches and own 5 classical guitars. This low-end Manuel Rodriguez Cab 11 model is my second from Rodriquez (the other is a high end model, unvarnished with Madagascar ebony on back and sides) and I was not disappointed with this model. Excellent action for playing high up the neck; great volume and tone; and superb craftsmanship throughout--the bubinga wood pattern is beautiful as well. I had to modify the bone bridge insert on the high-end model as the action was too high, but this Cab 11 was set up perfectly.

I saw this model in a local music store and played it for nearly an hour...I just could not put it down and the price (same as MF) floored me! I am a little surprised to see that Manuel Rodriguez has outsourced this model to China, but I have absolutely no complaints from this model (I own a 10-string classical guitar that is a work of art and sounds incredible--made in China). Rodriguez should be aware of people's aversion to purchasing musical instruments traditionally made in Spain being outsourced to China.

Most quality guitars do not include fret markers on the side of the fretboard. For the one reviewer who complained about the absence of fret markers, get a White Out Pen and mark the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 12th frets with a White Out spot from the pen. Doesn't damage the finish at all.

Having said that, I now perform exclusively with my Manuel Rodriguez guitars (and the Cathedral 10-string guitar). Bach never sounded so good!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Got what I paid for.

I had high hopes, but I guess you get what you pay for. Mine had a made in China sticker on the back of the headstock and a made in China sticker in the...Read complete review

I had high hopes, but I guess you get what you pay for. Mine had a made in China sticker on the back of the headstock and a made in China sticker in the soundhole. I little annoying that it also came with a letter from the builder claiming that it was built in Spain and the box was stamped made in Spain, but I was not really expecting a Spanish-made guitar. I pretty much knew it was going to be from China based on other reviews. I was okay with that. The problems I had with the guitar were a terrible fret job and poor action. Some of the frets were slightly lifted and the edges were very rough. Very high action right out of the box and terrible buzzing on the second string. I tapped the frets in place, lightly filed the rough spots, and starting experimenting with a different bridge saddle and heavy strings. I eventually snapped out of it and realized that I should just put the thing back in the box and return it to MF, which is exactaly what I did. Going to try a Cordoba C7 next. Twice the price, but probably worth it.

Notes on construction:

BAD:
Very high action.
Lifted frets.
Rough edges on frets.
frets not polished (gritty feeling).
Some small chips in finish, but not terrible.
Badly finished headstock slots with unsanded areas
Tuning machines work, but sloppy and low quality.

GOOD:
Very nice looking cedar top. Nice wood overall.
Great price.
Pretty good tone for this price point.
MF return policy.

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(9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Now Made in CHINA

By Experienced Buyer

from California

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

Now downsourced to China, but the MSRP remains the same. I bought this instrument because the previous reviews state unequivocally that it is made in SPAIN. Previous production was, but no longer, and the quality has badly suffered. This is just a very mediocre Chinese mill instrument with the Manuel Rodriguez name -- but not the Manuel Rodriguez quality.
Features are the same as any other classical guitar's.
Poor detailing, finish chips all over the string mouths on the head, sharp fret grinding residues around the soundhole relief, bad dead spots in unfortunate ranges. Top wood is of decent quality, but that's the only strong point on the instrument.
If one wants a Chinese-made instrument, there are better ones at the price.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome change from acoustic guitar

By Justin J

from Colorado

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

low action, even get a little flamenco fret buzz when playing her hard. intonation to craftsmanship is great.....is about 4 times louder than my crapping acoustic guitar. makes playing without a pick fun. I like playing electric lead guitar the most, or used to.....looking forwards to all the new styles that this guitar will lend itself to me.....best money i ever spent. I haven't been this excited in learning something new for a while!!!

(7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Amazing Guitar

By Eric Grossman

from New York

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Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

This guitar is wonderful. Buy it.
This guitar is beautiful. Everything about it says quality. I can honestly say this is the best guitar for the price out of any guitar I have ever tried. I am a passionate musician and I think there are times where spending huge amounts of money on equiptment is not necessary. This is one of those times. The guitar plays wonderfully and it is a stunning piece of eye candy. It's better than sliced bread. Buy it now.
Fantastic.
THE BEST.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

YES. DO BUY THIS GUITAR.

By Eric Grossman

from New York

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Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

Musiciansfriend needs to turn the rating system up to 11 to represent all the glory that this guitar exudes.
I am rating and reviewing this guitar again just to stress how good it is. I have been playing guitar for ten years now and am very selective when it comes to the action and overall feel of guitars. As an owner of this guitar, I can tell you that it plays wonderfully.
Yes, there may not be any dots on the fretboard to mark specific positions, but this will help you be less dependent on the markers and moreso on your ears. And, the guitar is completely beautiful.
Build quality is great. It feels lightweight, but completely stable and well made.
Cannot do better for that price. I have compared this guitar to others well over its price and still found it preferable in overall feel and sound.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Made in Toledo, Spain not China

By Still love my Mitchell guitar

from Upper midwest

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Pros

  • Attractive Guitar
  • Not made in China
  • Sounds good

Cons

  • Bar Chords Hard Sometimes

Best Uses

  • What ever you want

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

I was led to believe by other raters that this guitar was made in China. I did not read that until after I purchased it. So, I was disappointed. When I received the guitar I was happy to see it wasn't a Chinese made guitar. The guitar is nice and sounds good. Had my guitar instructor look it over and it passed inspection. A few frets may need to be filed down a bit though, not much and really doesn't interfer with playing.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Back from the dead

By Nicklas

from Phoenix, AZ

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Awesome Sound
  • Great for price

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Personal pleasure
    • Practice

    Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

    I purchased this Guitar used with a broken off bridge, scratches and missing saddle. I paid less than half the price of a new one. It was perfect, as I enjoy repair and setup anyway. The scratches turned out to be unnoticeable. The bridge and top required careful preperation before remounting the bridge. I purchased a bone saddle blank from a store that supplies luthiers tools and materials and hand fashioned a saddle that makes me proud. I reworked the nut for the clearance I prefer. I am only a student but I have not encountered a guitar that plays or sounds better. I think that the reasonably thin solid cedar top is a big part of what makes it sound so mellow.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolute best you will find in this price range :D

    By otonno

    from NYC

    Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

    This is arguably the most authentic-sounding and best performing classicals you will find in this price range. From the width of the neck, to the fret size, to the medium-high action and the fact that it is produced in Spain--- this guitar is a quality instrument, and plays exactly how a classical guitar should play. I find the tone to be excellent for the price range. I have sampled the Fender CDN90 and the Yamaha CG111C and the Dean Espana; and the Rodriguez Caballero is FAR superior.Aesthetically the guitar is also beautiful. This truly is the best quality guitar you are going to find for a factory produced classical. If you're in the market for a cheap classical guitar to clunk around with, you will not be disappointed. This is a great instrument.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb craftsmanship, tone, playability

    By DonnL

    from Austin, TX

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    Pros

    • Craftsmanship
    • price
    • Quality
    • Tone And Playability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • For Any Audience Size

      Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

      I play classical guitar professionally around the country in churches and own 5 classical guitars. This low-end Manuel Rodriguez Cab 11 model is my second from Rodriquez (the other is a high end model, unvarnished with Madagascar ebony on back and sides) and I was not disappointed with this model. Excellent action for playing high up the neck; great volume and tone; and superb craftsmanship throughout--the bubinga wood pattern is beautiful as well. I had to modify the bone bridge insert on the high-end model as the action was too high, but this Cab 11 was set up perfectly.

      I saw this model in a local music store and played it for nearly an hour...I just could not put it down and the price (same as MF) floored me! I am a little surprised to see that Manuel Rodriguez has outsourced this model to China, but I have absolutely no complaints from this model (I own a 10-string classical guitar that is a work of art and sounds incredible--made in China). Rodriguez should be aware of people's aversion to purchasing musical instruments traditionally made in Spain being outsourced to China.

      Most quality guitars do not include fret markers on the side of the fretboard. For the one reviewer who complained about the absence of fret markers, get a White Out Pen and mark the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 12th frets with a White Out spot from the pen. Doesn't damage the finish at all.

      Having said that, I now perform exclusively with my Manuel Rodriguez guitars (and the Cathedral 10-string guitar). Bach never sounded so good!

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Manuel Rodrigueze Caballero 11

      By dent1

      from Fort Worth

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      Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

      The guitar was deliverd free of any dings dents or scratches.I noticed the Manuel Rodrigueze logo was at the top of thehead (MR). Not shown on display picture.The M was a darkrootbeer color so you cant even see it. Looks like iR isnstaed ofMR. Very good sound and tone. The low E sting is half a milefrom the neck. I wrap my thumb around for the E so Its moredifficult to play. Great (starter) guitar for the price.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Second review

      By Still love my Mitchell guitar

      from Upper midwest

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      Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

      This is my second review on this guitar. I thought to be fair I should add this. The guitar I purchased was not setup well. I sanded the saddle down about 1/8 inch. This made a tremendous difference in the playability of the guitar. There are not any issues with barring at the frets higher on the neck, and the notes are much clearer in that area as well. Sounds much better. You may need to lower the action by sanding the saddle if you buy one of these, but the sound good and are easy to play afterward.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      attention to detail

      Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

      Fantastic woods used for construction

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great guitar for the money

      By mardin

      from central NJ

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Well-crafted

      Cons

      • No Fret Markers

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        Previous reviews were uneven and some complained about poor China-quality manufacturing. I inspected the guitar closely when I got it and it was spotless. The box said it was made in Spain and I believe it.

        This guitar is well suited for fingerpicking quiet tunes. It's my first nylon string guitar and I can't compare it with others. I found the lack of fret markers a bit disconcerting at first but got used to it, no big deal. The strings also took about three days to stop stretching, also no big deal but having a clip-on tuner is recommended.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Fantastic guitar that looks and plays great

        By John Schneider

        from MA

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        This was my first guitar. Was bought for me by my father who thought I'd enjoy learning how to play. I am 38 with kids by the way. Anyhow the guitar sounds extremely full and rich and I particularly like finger picking with this guitar. The craftsmanship is superb and it looks beautiful. Everyone says this stuff but is true. The rest will be at least for me some differentiating factors or decisions you have to make for yourself when it comes to this guitar. For one, as a classical guitar, the neck is obviously very large. Makes it tougher to barre chords in my opinion, but I have found that learning on this guitar has made me a much better player. I just bought a Seagull S6 and is much easier to play, albeit very different from this guitar. I will always go back to this guitar when it's time to dump the pick, or do some flat picking. Also you don't get that resonating ring of the higher notes when strumming than you get from a steel string acoustic. Not the guitar's fault (it's a classical, nylon string), but thought I'd mention. It plays very deep and full which i like. Very clean sound. Not sure if it's the guitars fault but does require a lot of retuning, especially the g string. No fret board inlays not a big deal but should be noted. Lastly changing guitar strings is a bit more of a process as you ties knots at the bridge, and I am a bit of a perfectionist, so just having pins or other would be easier. Bottom line i still love this guitar, and is a steal for the money.
        No fret inlays is only feature drawback

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Natdoc in Idaho

        By Terry Durst

        from Idaho

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        What a nice piece of work. The Bubinga back is worth looking at. Every thing about this piece is a, Well I like every thing about it. Wonderful tone, And just picking it up wants to play. So I play. Nice work. Way to go Manuel Rodrigues.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Got what I paid for.

        By 45yrold player

        from georgia

        Pros

        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Quality control lacking

        Best Uses

        • Studentif Properly Setup

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        I had high hopes, but I guess you get what you pay for. Mine had a made in China sticker on the back of the headstock and a made in China sticker in the soundhole. I little annoying that it also came with a letter from the builder claiming that it was built in Spain and the box was stamped made in Spain, but I was not really expecting a Spanish-made guitar. I pretty much knew it was going to be from China based on other reviews. I was okay with that. The problems I had with the guitar were a terrible fret job and poor action. Some of the frets were slightly lifted and the edges were very rough. Very high action right out of the box and terrible buzzing on the second string. I tapped the frets in place, lightly filed the rough spots, and starting experimenting with a different bridge saddle and heavy strings. I eventually snapped out of it and realized that I should just put the thing back in the box and return it to MF, which is exactaly what I did. Going to try a Cordoba C7 next. Twice the price, but probably worth it.

        Notes on construction:

        BAD:
        Very high action.
        Lifted frets.
        Rough edges on frets.
        frets not polished (gritty feeling).
        Some small chips in finish, but not terrible.
        Badly finished headstock slots with unsanded areas
        Tuning machines work, but sloppy and low quality.

        GOOD:
        Very nice looking cedar top. Nice wood overall.
        Great price.
        Pretty good tone for this price point.
        MF return policy.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great guitar for the price

        By rebecca moreau

        from Oregon

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        I'm new to guitar, especially classical, so I of course think it sounds wonderful and plays great, but my guitar playing friends also say it sounds and plays fantastic.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awsome Bargain

        By Marko-iBXLa

        from California

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        I am truly amazed by the level of quality and craftsmanship of this guitar for this price. This guitar is crafted in Spain, the body and finish are stunning, and the sound is rich and full. I can't imagine buying a better guitar for anywhere near what I paid for this gem!

        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        SPAIN OR CHINA?

        By ECSMS

        from Mississippi

        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        The instrument is a great option for beginners and those not so much perfectionist, although the finishing is very good, but the sound could be better. Indian wood doesn't sound better than Brazilian wood for classical guitars.
        Some missing features could be incorporated to the instrument without increase costs such as the small white dot mark on the neck in the fifth fret, both to be seen from above and front. It helps a lot to positioning hands on the neck and locate the right notes.
        The wood is basic and helps to produce a vibrant sound especially in the range of middle and high frequencies. The buzz still an issue. I hope the issue decreases when replacing strings. By the way, the guitar comes with Dadario strings which plays very well.
        A great deal for the price, but I'm still confusing whether the instrument was crafted in Spain or China. Both informations are present and if it is a chinese instrument the price is quite reasonable, but if the instrument in made in Spain, it is a great bargain for the price. I believe that the instrument is made in China.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great first classical

        By DeathEvil

        from Sacramento

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        Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

        I have been playing acoustic/electric for a few years and lately I took a classical guitar course at college. This guitar is very beautiful and was perfect except few wood imperfections. From inside you can clearly see that it was hand crafted which for the price is absolutely rare.The sound is great on the trebles and on low notes; however I wish it had a bit better sustain... Overall, for the price this is really a steal and I highly recommend it for a beginner/intermediate player.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Clean sound

        By Crr

        from Dallas, TX

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clean Sound
        • Harmonics Sound Great
        • Love The Back Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar:

            A great classical guitar for the price.

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