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Guitars by Rodrigo Shopis of NYC

Greetings-

I am a full time professional musician working in Upstate NY for the last 25 years. I play different kinds of jazz, swing, latin and pop.

For the past 18 months I have been playing an f-hole archtop "Charlie Christian Model" jazz guitar with slotted peg head made by Rodrigo Shopis of New York City ( http://www.rodrigoshopis.com ).

Rodrigo Shopis makes Django-style guitars, archtops, and nylon string guitars.

I honestly feel that owning and playing this instrument has been one of the most significant events of my life. The guitar is what I call a "dual retro tribute model"... the headstock is slotted and resembles a Selmer/Macafferi, while the single P-90 pickup has been customized to look just like the Charlie Christian Gibson electric.

I knew right away that the guitar was much better than I was. It has been an extremely worthwhile struggle, trying to bring my own technique up to the level of this instrument. It's a struggle I expect to be engaged in for a long, long time.

Rodrigo Shopis is a master builder, an artist. Check out his website -
http://www.rodrigoshopis.com .

Doug Robinson
Ithaca, NY
http://www.watershed-arts.com/dougbio.html
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