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Tommy Rodriguez Jr. Esquire

Tommy Rodriguez Jr. Esquire

Price: $3,900

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Tommy Rodriguez is one very talented builder. Well known in the classical guitar building world, he has recently upped his visibility as a maker of electric guitars. Tommy has deep skills and it really shows in this current offering, the Jr. Esq. This guitar is like an Esquire on steroids or a Junior with a lot of attitude. The workmanship is top notch and the playability is outstanding. If you like big necks that are comfortable and well carved, you will do no better than this.

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CRAIG'S POV

I'd like to introduce a new builder to the CR guitars' hand selected realm of guitars. His name is Tommy Rodriguez and he is one very talented builder. Well known in the classical guitar building world, he has recently upped his visibility as a maker of electric guitars. Tommy has deep skills and it really shows in this current offering, the Jr. Esq. Personally, I'm not a one bridge pickup guy but quite honestly this guitar can make me go to the other side. It's like an Esquire on steroids or a Junior with a lot of attitude. The workmanship is top notch and the playability is outstanding. If you like big necks that are comfortable and well carved, I don't think you will do better than this.

I was introduced to Tommy from my buddy and guitarist extraordinaire Matte Henderson. Here is what Matte has to say about Tommy:

"My introduction to Tommy Rodriguez came from my dear departed friend from Colonia, New Jersey, Kenny Fischer, back in 1990. I would receive polaroids of vintage Fullerton style models on a fairly regular basis from Kenny. This served as my introduction to the Richmond guitar triumvirate that was Tommy Rodriguez, a pickup maker named Lindy Fralin and an amp and guitar builder by the name of Bill Callaham (who had reverse engineered Kenny's Express, Liverpool and Rocket models to a level that earned Kenny's attention and respect). I always looked forward to the new pictures when they arrived, as it was abundantly clear that Tommy thrived in the minutiae.

"Cut to about 8 months back. My longtime compadre and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Dylan (and countless others during his tenure as a first call session player in LA) guitarist Jack Sherman contacted me to ask me if I was familiar with the work of a builder in Virginia named Tommy Rodriguez. 'Of course!' I answered, telling Jack of Kenny Fischer's deep admiration for Tommy's work. Jack's response? 'Great, because I just ordered a guitar from him.'

"Cut to the present. Jack now has received one of three guitars for which he placed orders with Tommy. To quote him on his first finished order: 'Tommy builds a guitar where the internal notes of a chord will present themselves to you, during live performance, as if each string was run through a separate amplifier recorded in separate rooms.' High and well earned praise from a lifer. Tommy's guitars are often constructed from salvaged pianos and furniture and crafted in completely analogue fashion. No CAD, no shortcuts, just withering scrutiny and flawless execution.

"If you're looking for the ultimate expression of Leo's pre CBS aesthetic, look no further."

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.

Year built2019
BodySpanish cedar
Neckmaple with maple fingerboard
Nut width1 5/8"
Neck profilevery soft V to C, 9.3"- 9.9"
TunersGotoh vintage
Finishnitrocellulose TV yellow
PickupsLindy Fralin stock P90
Pickguardsingle ply black
BridgeMojo Axe intonated wrap-around
Controlsvolume & tone, with oil-filled tone capacitor
Weight7.5 lbs
CaseTKL hard shell
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