1975 Miguel Rodriguez "Churchdoor" CD/CSAR
|Back & Sides:
The "Churchdoor" instruments are the prized collectors' pieces for aficionados, fans and admirers of Miguel Rodriguez Jr.
, who built this instrument. They are immediately recognizable for their unique look – the grain patterns in the back and sides contrast between very strong yellow colored sapwood to the darker, browner heartwood, giving rise to a very dramatic and swirling texture. Although the instruments featuring these distinctive sets of wood have lovingly been called "Churchdoor" guitars over the years, the origin of this name is still buried in legend, some insist that the wood was obtained from a centuries-old door of an old Andalucian church, while others prefer the more symbolic meaning that refers to the sound as having a large, powerful, cathedral-like presence. Either reference in spirit is true once one has had the opportunity to appreciate and experience the aesthetic beauty of the materials and the quality of sound of these great instruments. The most famous and most important "Churchdoor" in history was made the previous in 1973, (known famously as "La Wonderful") and has been the constant companion of Pepe Romero for the great deal of his recorded and concert career although in the past few years the guitar has been reserved for only special occasions.
Luthier Bio: Miguel Rodriguez