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Pablo Rodriguez began his training in lutherie in 2000 as an apprentice with an experienced violin-maker: : Felix Moyano (Rio Cuarto).
In 2004, he studied and specialized in guitar making in Tucumàn. Besides formal courses, he apprenticed with José Maria Meone (a guitar luthier in Tucumàn).
In 2010, he set up his own workshop in San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca. Since 2015, he has been painstakingly analyzing Francisco Simplicio’s guitars.
This instrument is a copy of a 1923 Simplicio model. The Orpheus figure on the headstock doesn’t come from this model (it had an acanthus leaf instead) but from a 1929 model (one of the very few to exhibit this particular motif). Pablo Rodriguez has had the opportunity to listen to the original as well as look at it and he's managed to capture the spirit of its sound in addition to reproducing its aesthetic and decorative details.
Francisco Simplicio has had quite a few followers during his lifetime. Many luthiers who later became famous on their own merits, such as the Gàlan brothers, Emilio Pascual, Lago Nuñez and others, drew their inspiration from this Barcelona luthier. Simplicio opened up a new way and these luthiers could express their own talent while following it.
Almost a century later, how delightful to witness this young Argentinian luthier at the beginning of his career become part of this movement and so commendably maintain this tradition.