Manuel Rodriguez MCR11

A Spanish guitar hybrid with classic good looks

The MCR11 is one of the most Spanish looking flamenco/flat-top hybrids we've seen: it's a full classical-depth solid cedartopped cutaway electro with a quite startling rosette.

Construction is respectable, although the finish seems a little over-thick and is not the flattest you'll ever see on this type of guitar.

"Unplugged, the guitar exhibits a well-balanced, crisp tone that's not bass-heavy"

Internally, bracing and jointing is very clean. The MCR11's neck-block construction is a Spanish-style slipper heel with an unusual, but comfortable cutaway heel shaping. There's a slightly asymmetrical feel to the neck shape, with a shallower shoulder on the treble side, while the bass side feels more rounded.

The reasonably spacious nut width actually feels a little cramped, whereas string height is roomy, though a little lower than classical standard (like all of our foursome), and the fretting is nicely polished.

Sounds

Unplugged, the guitar exhibits a well-balanced, crisp tone that's not bass-heavy. That said, it's certainly not the most responsive we've played and also sounds a little tight, like it needs a fair bit of playing in.

Plugged in, the acoustic sound is replicated, the preamp is effective and performance is only let down by uneven string outputs. A shame, because this is otherwise a very nice guitar.

MusicRadar Rating

3.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Good build and acoustic performance.

Cons

Uneven string outputs when plugged in.

Verdict

A very typical electro-cutaway Spanish guitar. It won't blow your socks off but, so long as those string outputs are sorted, it's definitely very fit for purpose.

Country of Origin

Spain

Back Material

Laminated bubinga

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Hardware

: Chrome classical tuners with pearloid buttons, single strap button/output jack

Neck Material

Sapele/Indian rosewood

No. of Frets

19

Scale Length (Inches)

25.59

Scale Length (mm)

650

Sides Material

Laminated bubinga

Special Features

LR Baggs Element with under-saddle pickup; notch rotary, phase and tuner push switches, volume, bass, mid and treble sliders

Top Material

Solid red cedar top

Width at Nut (Inches)

1.91

Review Policy
All MusicRadar's reviews are by independent product specialists, who are not aligned to any gear manufacturer or retailer. Our experts also write for renowned magazines such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Computer Music, Future Music and Rhythm. All are part of Future PLC, the biggest publisher of music making magazines in the world.

Comment on Facebook