Manuel Rodriguez – A Classical Passion

The Madrid-based guitar manufacturer ManUel Rodriguez makes and sells high quality classical guitars in 120 countries worldwide. Stuart Bull meets the head of the family business, Manuel Rodriguez, for a revealing interview.

In this age of globalisation, you can’t take anything for granted. ‘American’ guitars can come from China, ‘British’ amplifiers from Korea and ‘Spanish’ guitars – well, that’s a slightly difficult one as the word ‘Spanish’ may refer to the style of guitar, but all the same, a lot of ‘Spanish’ guitars have never been anywhere near Spain! That is certainly not true of Guitarras Manuel Rodriguez and Sons, however. At least, not now it isn’t – back in the 1960s, though, you might have found a Rodriguez guitar made in Hollywood, California, as our video interview reveals! Now, suffice it to say, all the company’s renowned classical guitars are manufactured in Spain.

Manuel Rodriguez (R), his son Manny Jr (C) and brother Norman (L)"
Manuel Rodriguez (R), his son Manny Jr (C) and brother Norman (L)”



The Quiet Room: An Introduction

For this Quiet Room, we decided it was time to look at another specially designed electro­acoustic combo and the one that came to mind first was Peavey’s new Ecoustic E100 – a sensibly priced, powerful package designed for a hard life gigging. Tim Slater did the duties and seems to have come away very impressed by this typically well-built and designed Peavey offering.

For our guitar selection, we’ve mixed things up and have two brands which are possibly better known in the USA and Canada than they are in Europe – though both are starting to gain recognition there. The classical instrument is from Cordoba and the steel strung guitar comes from Luna. We had absolutely no preconceptions about these two, having had little experience of them before the review. You can see the results of our sessions inside!

Ecoustic E100
Ecoustic E100