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Thomas Rodriguez Sovereign

Thomas Rodriguez Sovereign

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inspired by the single pickup Epiphone Coronet

Tom's most recent model, the Sovereign, was inspired by the vintage classic, the single pickup Epiphone Coronet. Its cutaway shape and slab body says Leo, while the materials, control layout, and hardware are pure Orville. Tom's rethinking of the original model gives the player unfettered access to the entire fingerboard; it's just a better doublecut guitar. In other words, Tom has taken the design and made it his own.

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CRAIG'S POV

There is nothing like the pleasure of discovering a great builder. Tom Rodriguez's new Sovereign model makes the pleasure even greater. If you read my earlier POV on the Brunswick model, you'll know he is already well respected in the classical guitar world. I'm happy to say his vintage-inspired electrics knock me out.

Tom's most recent model, the Sovereign, was inspired by the vintage classic, the single pickup Epiphone Coronet. Its cutaway shape and slab body says Leo, while the materials, control layout, and hardware are pure Orville. Tom's rethinking of the original model gives the player unfettered access to the entire fingerboard; it's just a better doublecut guitar. In other words, Tom has taken the design and made it his own.

The Sovereign is one great instrument. First, look at that color; it is just stunning. Second, the fit and finish are finely done. I love the neck carve - it's spot-on, and I love having access to the highest frets. Sonically, it speaks of that Golden Era, the one that defines what a single pickup Les Paul Jr could do. Leslie West, anyone?. In other words, it roars and grinds at full tilt yet cleans up nicely just by backing off the volume control. Best of all, it delivers all that sound with the joy of modern playability.

Tom Rodriguez has built guitars for great players in the guitar world. Those who know, know. And now you have a chance to discover his exemplary work for yourself.

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT THOMAS RODRIGUEZ GUITARS
Thomas Rodriguez has been building custom guitars for 35 years. Tom is a self-taught luthier with ideas based on experiences from repairing old instruments and determining what worked and what didn't. He builds both electric and classical acoustic guitars, and over the past two decades Tom has made some of the best concert quality classical guitars using his own unique bracing and designs. Rodriguez Guitars is a true custom shop where everything is done by hand in his Staunton, Virginia workshop, from design and wood milling to finished guitar. Rodriguez guitars are built using traditional hand tools and woodworking machinery, and Tom never uses CNC or CAD designs. Tom likes to sit down at the drafting table, draw out the design and build the same way many classic guitars of the past were done.

Serial #315
NeckAfrican mahogany
BodyAfrican mahogany
FingerboardIndonesian rosewood
Scale length630mm
Fingerboard radius12"
Frets#141 wire .045 wide
Neck profilesoft V
Nutmastodon ivory
Controlsvolume & tone, .022 oil filled cap.
PickupLindy Fralin P-90
BridgeMojoaxe wraparound with correct intonation
TunersGotoh vintage series, white buttons
Finishteal green metallic, nitrocellulose lacquer, color mixed in shop
Weight6.8 lbs.
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