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Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Sabicas Classical Guitar

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Featuring a carefully chosen, solid German Spruce top and Solid Cypress back and sides, the FF Flamenco Sabicas is a beauty to behold and play. The h...Click To Read More About This Product

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Each Rodriguez is a credit to its luthier and worthy of being handed down from one generation to another.

Featuring a carefully chosen, solid German Spruce top and Solid Cypress back and sides, the FF Flamenco Sabicas is a beauty to behold and play. The headstock overlay is made of Indian rosewood, the neck is Honduran Cedar reinforced with Ebony, and the fingerboard is Ebony. An Indian Rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddles enhance the ringing tone and sustain. Gold-plated tuners and Silver-plated frets are installed to last a lifetime. The body binding and wood rosette are exquisite.

The Rodriguez Sabicas 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, the craftsmanship is meticulous to a fault.

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 the Rodriguez Flamenco guitar was 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 Sabicas guitar features a multicolored wood rosette, as exquisite as the sounds that issue from it. Its 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. Red Western Cedar is obtained from Canada and the Northwest U.S. There are many different qualities and colors. As with Spruce, stiffness, grain and weight are important.

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 2 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 classical guitar.

Top: Solid German Spruce
Back & Sides: Solid Cypress
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
Bridge: Indian Rosewood
Neck: Honduran Cedar with Ebony
Tuner: Gold Plated
Headstock overlay: Indian Rosewood
Nut & Saddle: Bone
Body Binding: Two, Indian Rosewood
Hardshell case
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 RodriguezFF Flamenco Sabicas Classical Guitar

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Rodriguez Flamenco Guitar

By Federico

from California & Malaga Spain

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Sabicas Classical Guitar:

I've played Flamenco all my life. This is the best value for the money that I have ever seen. The guitar I bought is incredibly loud and I don't need a microphone when I accompany dance classes. I wish the action was a little lower though. I also have two 1972 Ramirez 1A's so I have something to compare it to. I got this guitar on sale! I'm very happy with this purchase. Mostly for the loudness of this particular guitar. Regards,Federico

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


A very modern flameco OLE!

By Guitarrista

from Long Beach CA

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Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Sabicas Classical Guitar:

This is a very special instrument, I have never been a fan of production made guitars, this one has something special. While heavier than my better guitars it is finished very well, may be too shiny if that is a problem. The sound took a to 4 months to develop. At first I only liked with a capo on the second fret, but aftr some months it has turned into a fantastic guitar fo serious rithm and soloing. Very loud and sweet. I now like it better than my beloved Cordova75F or my two custom spanish (over 4K ea). Not so much for the detailed sound but the general experience, more growl, more confortable and incredible PROJECTION which developed after 4 months and a set of LaBella RED.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Best for the money.

By Guitarrista

from Long Beach CA

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Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Sabicas Classical Guitar:

I was never a fan of production made guitars, this one with a dry loud and beautiful finish made me change my mind. It has become my go to guitar, above my Sanchis, the Tomatillo and the always awesome Cordoba 75F, The Rodriguez beats them all in sound, volume and feel. While not the lightest it is the most flamenco! Will keep this one for ever.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful "singing" tone

By Droidiphile

from SF Bay Area

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  • Beauty
  • Construction
  • Flawless Intonation
  • Tone


  • Factory Set Action 5mm

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Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Sabicas Classical Guitar:

Flawless tone. Flawless intonation. Flawless construction. Flawless beauty.

I could not be more pleased. As is, with no maturing of the woods, the sound I can get is amazing. Then I had my master instructor play this most wondrous instrument and the beautiful tones he extracted from it nearly brought tears to my eyes. It doesn't just make sound, it sings with amazing overtones. I have only heard this "singing" phenonemon once before on a 70 year old Martin classical.

Although factory labeling indicate mine is the same as listed above, the guitar I got is more ornate:
1) mother of pearl inlay on the bridge and head
2) Bridge is a 2-hole/string style for better string anchoring
3) tuners are more ornate with black/gold metal and polished ebony buttons
4) the back has an elongated triangle of dark wood (note sure what species)

The only issue is the 5mm factory set action which will need to be lowered in the range of 3mm to be truly Flamenco. But I spoke with a luthier friend who said it is relatively trivial to make that adjustment and he can even do it without removing the strings.

The "Rodriguez e Hijos" website states that instruments they made 150 years ago are still being played today. So barring fire or other acts of God, this instrument will be an heirloom for future members of my family ... after I've played it for many decades, of course !

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Reasonable value flamenco guitar

Comments about Manuel Rodriguez FF Flamenco Sabicas Classical Guitar:

The FF manuel rodriguez flamenco guitar is a solid instrument that has strong projection with a good balance between bass/treble and overtones. The guitar plays well with low action ~2.5-3.0 mm (from treble to bass). There is very little "flamenco buzz", so the saddle could still be lowered, but not much.

The FF does have a flamenco bridge (meaning lower than classical), but the string height over the sound hole is only ~1 mm lower than my Yamaha classical. If I remember the numbers right, it sits at about 7 mm. despite the poly- coating, the guitar is still light.

Between two Cordobra Flamencos (solista and FM45) and a "luthier guitar" that I did not recognize, the Manuel Rodriguez had the best sound and feel. It also had comparatively great intonation. weight was similar between the guitars with the 45FM being the heaviest to my feel, but all were light.

The thick gloss coating on the guitar is unfortunate, and the saddle on mine is bent down towards the tail after the third string. This appears to be in effort to improve intonation. Also, the bone saddle did not fit flush to the bottom of the bridge slot when I received the guitar.

I purchased this guitar from MF as a used item with minor headstock damage (a ding) and some scratches. The raised saddle was not mentioned in the "issues" section, and appeared to have been that way since it was built. A local luthier able to clean the slot and have it seated properly.

I think this is a great guitar for the price I payed and will be keeping it.

Note: I have owned the guitar for ~ 1 month at the time of writing this review. It think it to be a 2008-2009 model of the FF flamenco "en memorandum de Sabicas" series. Purchased in 2012.

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