1973 Miguel Rodriguez "Churchdoor" CD/CSAR "La Wonderful" (Romero collection)
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This instrument was one of six guitars from Pepe Romero's personal collection that were featured in a memorable event in the GSI showroom on June 1, 2013. These 7 instruments were chosen in particular since they are the key guitars that have most influenced his son, luthier Pepe Romero Jr., over the course of his life, both before and during his activity as a luthier. The guitars were presented by Pepe Jr. and played by none other than maestro Scott Tennant. This was about as personal a connection with these absolutely historic guitars as one could get, with background stories and information provided by Pepe Jr. who has studied these guitars intimately (and literally lived with them). And to have them played by Scott Tennant in a great-sounding intimate space made this a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Click here to see photos of the event.
This 1973 Miguel Rodriguez (also known as "La Wonderful") is one of the most iconic guitars in history. This is the instrument that since it was built, has been the main instrument and constant companion of Pepe Romero, who used it for an estimated 60 recordings, and for decades of use on the road in concerts in thousands of solo recitals, chamber concerts and performances with orchestra. It is arguably one of (if not "the") most professionally played instruments that the world has ever seen.
When speaking of "Miguel Rodriguez", one is really making reference to a family of four guitar builders spanning three generations. This guitar was built by Miguel Rodriguez Jr. and is an early example of a series of instruments he made that have become known as "Churchdoor" guitars, named for the specific cuts of rosewood that were used for the backs and sides that features a very dramatic and unique interplay with the more yellow-ish sapwood. These instruments are immediately identifiable by this feature alone and have become the top choice of collectors and performers as a result. Little needs to be said of the tone of this guitar which is as legendary as the instrument itself - again it can be heard on most recordings (still commercially available) from Pepe Romero. It is one of those few rarified instruments that in combination with its player has been so foundational in contributing to the wonderful history of the guitar in the 20th and 21st centuries.