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Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar  

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  • Top: Solid Canadian Cedar
  • Back & Sides: Laminated Bubinga
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
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    $599.99
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      Manuel Rodriguez

      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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      Caballero 11 Cedar Top Classical Guitar 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
       
      4.3

      (based on 24 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (14)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (6)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      88%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Back from the dead

      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...Read complete review

      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.

      VS

      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.

      Reviewed by 24 customers

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      (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

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superb craftsmanship, tone, playability

      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!

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Second review

        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.

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        (2 of 3 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

        Comment on this review

         
        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.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            great guitar for the money

            By mardin

            from central New Jersey

            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.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Made in Toledo, Spain not China

              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.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Back from the dead

              By Roy Layton

              from Phoenix, AZ

              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.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fantastic guitar that looks and plays great

                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

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                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                YES. DO BUY THIS GUITAR.

                By Eric Grossman

                from New York

                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.

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