1975 Miguel Rodriguez "Churchdoor 7-String" (ex Angel Romero) CD/CSAR
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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. This guitar in particular has heavy sap elements, particularly in the sides - very striking and incredibly beautiful. 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. This "Churchdoor" was originally owned and concertized on for many years by Angel Romero. Additionally, a photo of Angel with this guitar was used as his touring poster for many years. The soundboard of this instrument is the sister-top to his brother Pepe's famous "La Wonderful" Churchdoor from 1973. It is the only 7-string ever to have been built by Rodriguez and Angel used it for performing transcriptions where he needed the additional range. It sounds as majestic as it looks - this instrument simply has it all - big, broad and lush sound with flamenco-like response and an entirely southern Spanish character to it. Magnificent.
Luthier Bio: Miguel Rodriguez