Our history

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1905

1905

FOUNDATION The history of MR can only be understood as a long journey of more than one hundred years that has allowed a family to create half a million guitars. It was 1905 when Manuel Rodriguez Perez began working as a luthier.

1944

1944

SECOND GENERATION The Civil War forced the family to flee Spain temporarily. However, when they returned, both the founder and his son, the young Manuel Rodriguez, continued building guitars.

1959

ARRIVAL IN THE USA In 1959 the Rodriguez family moved to Los Angeles. It was the golden era of Hollywood and the United States was a virgin market when it came to marketing the classical guitar; from the moment he landed in California, Manuel Rodríguez did not stop taking orders.

1973

1973

RETURN TO SPAIN Rodriguez was always aware of the importance of keeping his products’ roots in Spain, to retain its essence. So, in 1973 the Rodriguez family returned to Spain and opened its new shop on Calle Hortaleza in Madrid.

1978

THIRD GENERATION During this new era, the passion for the guitar was born in another member of the family. Manuel Rodriguez Jr., who was only 15 in 1978, decided to devote himself full-time to manufacturing alongside his father.

1983

1983

EUROPEAN TOUR Manuel Rodriguez Jr. decided to continue with the expansion that had started in the United States. The first trade fair they attended was the 1983 World Music Fair in Frankfurt and this experience encouraged him to continue travelling the continent with their guitars.

1994

1994

NEW FACTORY The increase in sales to an international level gave the family sufficient courage to think about leaving the small shop in the centre of Madrid and to centralise all production to its new factory in Esquivias, Toledo.

2000

MORE INSTRUMENTS With the new factory at full performance, the family decided to expand its range of guitars and diversify their products. With the arrival of the new century, Manuel Rodríguez began to produce flamenco cajones and ukuleles.

2015

2015

RECOGNITION Extensive experience, professionalism and tradition have led Manuel Rodríguez to receive an award for its more than 100 years as a main player in the manufacture of guitars at the NAMM International Fair.

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