Cavaquinhos from Brazil and Portugal--for sale

Cavaquinhos originally came from Continental Portugal where they had a number of names (Braquinha, Machete, Cavaquinho de Lisboa, Cavaquinho de Braga, etc.)

Pictured below is a typical Cavaquinho de Braga (from Braga in Northern Portugal). This instrument does not have an elevated fingerboard.

Portuguese cavaquinhos can be tuned like a ukulele but there are also a number of other tunings: d, b, g, g (Natural) a, e, c, g (Moda velha), e,b,a,d (Afinação antiga). Prices range from $400 to $600 with a case.


The Cavaquinho Brasileiro (Brazilian Cavaquinho) has a larger body and a stronger sound because its strings are tuned to higher tension. They are used in Choros, and Sambas from Brazil and Mornas from Cape Verde. The Brazilian Cavaquinho is tuned e, b, g, d or d, b, g, d (4th to 1st). Typically the string length is 340mm

From time to time I have excellent Cavaquinhos handmade in Rio de Janeiro, prices from $995 to $1495 with cases. As these are handmade instruments I do not send them for inspection, I sell them in person in Irvine, California.

Contact me for more information about what I have in stock.

Please inquire by email about particulars: ron@fernandezmusic.com

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