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New Thomas Rodriguez 20th Anniversary Classical Brazilian/Sitka
$20,595$19,995
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Specs
Status
In Stock
Brand
Rodriguez, Thomas
Model
20th Anniversary Classical
Serial #
261
New/Preowned
New
UPC
702685044774
SKU
5440
Condition
Brand New
Body Type(s)
Medium, Concert Classical
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Sitka
Neck Wood
Honduran Mahogany
Bridge
Brazilian Rosewood
Top Trim
Maple, Brazilian Rosewood, Mahogany, Red Birch
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Mother of Pearl
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Inlay
None
Tuners
Rodgers
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None
Body Length
19.25 mm
Upper Bout
11.125 mm
Lower Bout
14.375 mm
Body Depth Heel
3.75 mm
Body Depth Tail
4 mm
Scale Length
25.59 in
Scale Length (mm)
650 mm
Nut Width
2.08 in
Nut Width (mm)
52.8 mm
String Spacing
2.24 in
String Spacing (mm)
56.9 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
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Description

Thomas Rodriguez has been in the business long enough to recognize great opportunities to acquire unique materials when they arise. Twenty years later and he's amassed a collection of impressive woods, ivories, and pearl--the perfect treasure house from which to build his 20th Anniversary Guitar. The sheer historicity of this guitar's constituent parts is staggering: woods range from 40-year-old Sitka Spruce to 1800s Brazilian Rosewood salvaged from an old tabletop, or 1800s Honduran Mahogany for the neck from an old four-post bed. Right down to the braces, Sitka harvested from a 1925 Cable piano, or the Ivory tieblock on the bridge (formerly a key from an 1860s square piano), or even the position marker on the fingerboard which Thomas fashioned out of the Mother-Of-Pearl from an 1850s Martin bridge pin encased in a thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish.

The voice of this guitar is at once elegant and exciting, with a mesmerizing clarity that's colored by a sweet bouquet of overtones from the treble strings. Each string sings like a guitar unto itself, and there's an almost meditational quality to the smoothness of the voice and the glassy play feel. Just breathing on the strings can excite sustain for days. The bass register appears to defy geometry: how can so much depth come from a regular-sized guitar? Exploring those depths is akin to deep sea diving, while the profound richness is warm and enveloping like blankets of heat from a fireplace whose fire has subsided into the quiet intensity of yellow-red embers.

This is one of Rodriguez's crowning achievements as a luthier.

Check out our blog post where we go into more detail about the materials that went into this 20th Anniversary Guitar here: http://blog.dreamguitars.com/tom-rodriguez-guitars-20th-anniversary-guitar/

I'd been eagerly waiting for this guitar to arrive for some time. When it did finally show up at our door and I tuned it up, I thought I knew what to expect; I've played Thomas's guitars for years. That utterly failed to prepare me for the experience that is this instrument. The voice is immense, earth-rich and balanced, resonant to the nth degree. You want to stop breathing when you're playing so you can better hear the tone! And all the various tabletops, beds, pianos, and other instruments from which this guitar was built make for an incredible story that also sets this Rodriguez 20th Anniversary Guitar apart from all others. I'd let those bass strings' sonority sing me to sleep every night if I could.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 650 mm
NUT WIDTH 52.8 mm
STRING SPACING 56.9 mm
WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

Thomas Rodriguez has been in the business long enough to recognize great opportunities to acquire unique materials when they arise. Twenty years later and he's amassed a collection of impressive woods, ivories, and pearl--the perfect treasure house from which to build his 20th Anniversary Guitar.
 

I'd been eagerly waiting for this guitar to arrive for some time. When it did finally show up at our door and I tuned it up, I thought I knew what to expect; I've played Thomas's guitars for years.
 
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