The guitars built by the Rodriguez family are among the most desired instruments by collectors, professional performers and guitar aficionados worldwide. The guitars from this famous shop are regarded to be among the most elite in the world, alongside the flamenco guitars of Arcangel Fernandez, Manuel Reyes, and even Marcelo Barbero.
The name "Rodriguez" (guitar maker) has become practically synonymous with the name "Romero" (family of performers) who have played their instruments tirelessly for decades. This particular instrument was the very FIRST Rodriguez ever owned by Pepe Romero. It was purchased for him as a gift from an English woman named "Henrietta" (hence the guitar's name) who was an admirer of the young Pepe and wanted to help contribute to his career which was just starting to take off. Pepe recorded his first two albums with this guitars - both flamenco records (now available on CD), "Flamenco Fenomino" from 1960 (recorded just before Pepe's 16th birthday) and "Flamenco" in 1960 when Pepe was only 18. Listen to him play the 9-minute-long first track from Flamenco, entitled Fiesta en Jerez. Years later, this instrument would be used for several more classical recordings by both Pepe and his father, most notably Pepe used this to record some Boccherini quintets with the Academy of St. Martin In The Fields Chamber Ensemble.