I looked at several classic/flamenco guitars before choosing a Rodriguez. I was impressed by the new Yamaha Flamenco model but I feel the quality of construction and playability were much nicer with Rodriguez and only a slightly higher price point. I am a student of Flamenco and did not have a huge budget for a new guitar so the Rodriguez CF-3 Flamenco student model was the perfect replacement for my old Epiphone classic. I would highly recommend the Rodriguez Classic models as well!!!
Model Year: 2003
Price: $420.00 (new)
Where Obtained: music store
Rodriguez makes their guitars in Madrid, Spain and are imported to the USA by Fender. Since this is a student model the body is laminated Sycamore with a solid spruce top. Neck material is Sapele and fret board and bridge are Indian Rosewood; nut and saddle are both nylon. Headstock is also indian rosewood; the tuners are nickel plated. Finish is high quality gloss. This is a 6 string, Flamenco model with nylon strings.
This guitar has excellent fast action partly due to it being a Flamenco model with low action. Minimal fretbuzz even with the low action. Great projection and tone. The low radius neck allows for quick chord changes and finger style play. Compared to other classic/flamenco models in this price range this is an outstanding guitar. I only noticed two small flaws, a screw on the headstock which attaches the tuners to the guitar was not set properly and a very small finish flaw on the neck both of which the place of purchase offered to return it for a replacement; other than that a fantastic guitar.
The sound quality is top notch with a nice bite and good sustain however it is sutiable for other styles as it is not quite as raw sounding as other Flamemco guitars I have played. Well rounded instrument for many situations.
Too early to tell durability as I have just purchased it this past month however it is solidly constructed and I expect it to hold up well.