DG Tom Blackshear 1997 - Rodriguez Classical Guitar


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Every great Classical guitar has a story. Here we have an instrument modeled after a 1976 Miguel Rodriguez, Jr. Classical by Texas' own Tom Blackshear, with a set of Brazilian Rosewood which was handpicked by Todd Taggart in 1997 (former president of Luthiers Mercantile International, or LMI) for his own use. Cherished and played for the past 19 years, this Blackshear Classical represents its Rodriguez heritage with a comprehensive and complex voice, and a silk-smooth setup. Taggart had an impressive eye: the Brazilian is chocolate-dark and gives the voice its complex and cavernous low-end, and the Spruce is perfectly opened up for rich, vigorous projection.

This is the sort of guitar which practically plays itself: the sustain feels endless, with haunting rich overtones in the upper register, thanks to Taggart's Brazilian Rosewood and Blackshear's flawless craftsmanship. Recognized as one of the contemporary masters of the Rodriguez school of Classical building, Blackshear went to great lengths to make this guitar worthy of the name.

"This is hands down one of the finest Classical guitars I've played here at the shop. The sonority of the bass is nothing short of magic, and the trebles mesmerize. This is one of those guitars that's so well-balanced, they require zero EQ when miked." - Paul Heumiller, Dream Guitars

Body Size: Medium
Scale: 650 mm (25.6 in.)
Nut Width: 52.1 mm (2.05 in)
String Spacing: 57.9 mm (2.3 in)
Body Length: 19 1/8 in.
Upper Bout: 11 1/8 in.
Lower Bout: 14 1/2 in.
Serial #: NS-242
Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 7/8 in.
Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 1/8 in.
Frets to body: 12

Cutaway: None
Pickguard: None
Case: Original Hard - OHSC
Pickup: None
Condition: Very Good. Light fingernail marks by the waist, treble side, and below bridge. Small ding on lower bout, treble side.

Woods & Trim
Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Top Wood: Spruce
Fingerboard: Ebony
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
Rosette: Mosaic
Binding: Brazilian Rosewood
Fingerboard Bindings: None
Headplate: Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Bindings: Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: None
Top Trim: Violin Lines
Back Strip: Brazilian Rosewood
Fret Markers: None
Tuners: Gotoh
Tuner Finish: Gold With Ivory Buttons