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.