Pepe Romero, father and son, stopped by the showroom to discuss a guitar that made a huge impact on Pepe Jr. as a guitar maker – a 1970 Miguel Rodriguez that has reverse fan bracing (watch the video for a simple explanation). They got together with GSI president David Collett to discuss the guitar and then Pepe Sr. played some of Turina’s Sevillana to show the guitar off for us. This guitar has had a huge impact on Pepe Jr. as a luthier – he’s been using a reverse fan bracing system for almost 100 guitars now – and hearing Pepe Sr. play it we get a sense of why everyone responds to this guitar so enthusiastically.

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10 Responses to “Pepe Romero plays 1970 Miguel Rodriguez”

  1. Greg Smith says:

    No such thing as ‘very’ unique.

  2. FixTheLevels says:

    GSI guys, please fix the freakin’ levels. Let it be a “natural loud” not a “boosted clipping loud”.
    And for heaven’s sake Pepe, play a more dynamic demo piece! But I guess it was enough to sell the guitar….ugh.

    • Kai says:

      Hey – I tried to email you to see what you’re hearing but the email address you used didn’t work. The audio shouldn’t be clipping at all unless something is happening in YouTube, though now that they’re doing audio normalization that shouldn’t be an issue. Feel free to email me at kai@guitarsalon.com if you want to discuss. I’d be curious to know what you’re hearing.


    • David Norton says:

      FixTheLevels, it sounds fine to me. You’re hearing things at a very different level than most listeners, apparently. And I am certain we can agree there is no recording technology around today which 100% fully and flawlessly captures the nuances of a live performance. So recordings are always a compromise, a way to share much of (most of) the sound with a broad audience but never quite giving the Full Experience.

  3. FixTheLevels says:

    I just saw Teicholz and Sakellariou do their demos on the same guitar. Levels still clipping beyond tolerance, but much much much better demos. Phew. Some faith restored?

  4. My basic reasoning with how Miguel Rodriguez formed his guitar tops is that the fan braces were secondary to the top’s graduations of thickness and this constituted certain voicing that could be held with the added fan braces. Top tension is always assisted by the strutting system but the top’s thickness plays the central part to its character and articulation.

    The 5 traditional fans of Miguel’s model could be adjusted with a slight flamenco edge, yet with an explosive character of deep dimensions that carried vowel tones that were extremely expressive. The recent Rodriguez model I made was strong and yet sweet in its treble end to be characteristically both soft and hard as determined by the player collector who bought it from me.

    I think Miguel was definitely searching for the holy grail with all of his designs but he was also moved in his search due to the needs of the professional players. This is characteristic with all master builders.

  5. Steve Biasini says:

    The interesting thing to me about this video was Pepe’s description of the sort of background of the sound, the “shimmer”. It is a brilliant notion and the only verbal description of what, for me, makes a guitar great. The harmonic blending that sort of builds and creates a fabric knitting the sound together is instantly recognizable in any great stringed instrument. The great Martin steel string guitars from the 30s and 40s, for instance, have this characteristic to an amazing degree.

  6. jose Ademir says:

    Admiro muito a maneira como a arte dos grandes mestres da guitarra clássica e guitarreiros ,é valorizada em terras distantes da sua origem.Parabenizo a todos por essa grandeza.Manter vivo na memória dos apreciadores e seguidores esse maravilhoso mundo da música clássica interpretada na guitarra Espanhola.

  7. Everett Campbell says:

    Beautiful guitar! It occurs to me that the reverse fan bracing guitar has better balance among the six strings than other guitars. This is particularly noticeable going from the second string (B string) to the third string ( G string). Perhaps not as loud as the other models but still plenty loud only with a smoother contour of sound while going from the treble notes to the base notes.

  8. Luis A Garzon says:

    I liked the demo. I had no problem with the sound on my iMac or my iPhone. The room seemed very live and I don’t know if you use a compressor on the recording. With that piece you need it because of the explosive attack. It is also a condenser mic. A ribbon smooths the sound nicely.
    The guitar sounds great. What the heck, it’s a Miguel Rodriguez. They all sound good.
    Have you had any ten string guitars in recently? I bought an Oribe Laudura from Tim back in 1994. I liked it but I traded it plus some money for a six. I now have a Grand Suprema that I bought from him in 2001. The long scale is easy to play compared to the Ramirez I had but sold. But since I play a lot of Jazz on my Johnny smith Heritage custom and the scale is 24.5 inches, switching back to a 26.25 or 665mm is a bit harder. I have to visit your show room sometime. I live in Vista. Are you still in Santa Monica near the airport?


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