Miguel Rodriguez Guitars
Miguel Rodriguez Guitars
At London Guitar Studio we pride ourselves on our impressive range of guitars from some of the world’s top makers. Within this range we have a wonderful selection of guitars made by luthier Miguel Rodriguez. Please get in contact with us if you have any specific questions about the Miguel Rodriguez guitars that you see here or to enquire about future acquisitions.
About Miguel Rodriguez
Miguel Rodriguez Jnr was born in 1921 and was the son of luthier Miguel Rodriguez Beneyto (Miguel Rodriguez Senior). He learnt the art of guitar making from his father and took over his workshop in Cordoba in 1975. His twin brother Rafael was also a highly regarded luthier. His guitars are notable for being large, powerful yet light instruments with great scope which are revered for concert performance. Some say that they are the finest concert guitars ever made.
Rodriguez guitars feature beautifully intricate headstock, Spanish style necks and large, curvaceous bodies with impressive marquetry. He found success using an interesting and innovative range of materials in his instruments. Many of his guitars featured soundboards fashioned from European Spruce or Western Red Cedar, indeed he was one of the first luthiers to use the latter for soundboards. He was also one of the first to use Californian Redwood as soundboard material. For the backs and sides of his creations he used European Flamed Maple, Honduran Mahogany, Indian Rosewood, Honduran Rosewood and Brazilian Rosewood as well as Spanish Cypress in his Flamenco guitars.
Rodriquez built a highly sought after series of guitars dubbed his "Church Door" pieces which were made using a batch of incredible Brazilian Rosewood that he managed to acquire which had dramatic colour changes from dark chocolate to blonde. There were approximately 20 of these guitars built. The reason for the moniker "Church Door" is unclear and could have been coined because the wood was milled from church doors or because of the divine nature of the tone. Alternatively the name could have referenced the appearance of the backs, many of which included a distinct strip which resembled two high doors.
Miguel Rodriquez Jnr's guitars have an enviable warm, romantic and soulful Spanish character that is highly sought after. In truth, when you speak of Rodriquez guitars you are referring to a dynasty that started with Miguel Rodriquez Beneyto and continued with his twin sons Miguel Jnr and Rafael who sadly passed away in 1965. The dynasty continues today in the shape of Miguel's own son, Pepe.