1978. Labelled, dated and signed by the maker. Also stamped internally underneath the front and on the heel slipper.
East Indian rosewood - straight-grained timber with double-line, maple purfling and back centre-strip.
Body length:- 492mm.
Top bout:- 280 mm wide & 102 mm deep.
Waist:- 240 mm & 104 mm deep.
Bottom bout:- 367 mm wide & 105 mm deep.
Canadian cedar (or possibly redwood). A characterful top, well quartered showing a lot of medullary rays all over the top, carrying a well-recognised, floral rosette and bridge tie block capping decoration.
Fustero or similar with lyre pattern brass side-plates and white perloid buttons.
66 cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard.
54 mm at the nut with 46 mm string spacing.
Although it has had work done on it, the guitar is in ready-to-go, concert-worthy condition.
The front has two cleated cracks below the bridge, more or less in line with the 6th and 1st strings. Both are tight closed and stable. There is also one repaired drying crack up to the left of the fingerboard - of little consequence.
The front was re-polished some time ago - and the back, sides and neck have just been re-polished simply because the old polish was flaking away and look very scruffy - and at the same time, it has just been perfectly re-fretted.
If it had no cracks or re-polishing, the price would be much higher of course.
The guitars of the Miguel Rodriguez dynasty are of course well-known through their extensive admiration and use by the Romero family; particularly those from the 70's including the 'Churchdoor' series. This one, also made by Miguel Jnr. (1921 - 1998), his father Miguel Snr. having died in 1975, is from the same period.
Having played perhaps six Miguel Rodriguez guitars, including at least three of the Churchdoor series, this is a bit of a surprise as it is by far the best of the lot. It is strong and loud for sure but with an open, clear and singing quality that is very impressive and enjoyable. The F# air resonance gives the bass real depth yet the 1st string just sings out. It is also curiously easy to play despite the longer scale length.
This is a superb guitar of outstanding quality that would grace any concert platform.
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