Charangos from Bolivia
The charango is a Bolivian folk instrument which evolved from the 16th century Spanish vihuela de mano. It looks like a small guitar but has 10 strings separated into 5 courses.Sometimes an armadillo shell is used for its soundbox--these are usually hard to acquire and now require export permits and import registration. Excellent sounding instruments are made of South American native hardwoods.
Charango from Bolivia by Rios. Solid spruce soundboard, rosewood fingerboard, naranjita body. Real bone nut and saddle. The frets are properly place on this instrument so the intonation is correct. The string action is good so the instrument is not difficult to play. $325 including cloth bag plus 8.75% tax if you are in California plus shipping.
Charango fro Bolivia made by Rene Gamboa. This is the special design from the city of Sucre. Very nice sound, good action. Real bone nut and saddle. $325 including cloth bag plus 8.75% sales tax if you are in California.
Cloth bags for Charangos made in Bolivia
Gamboa Charango made in Bolivia Armadillo body, private collection (not for sale)
Early 1990s Gamboa charango made in Bolivia, Armadillo body, private collection (not for sale)
If you are interested in a charango, contact me so we can talk about what I have in stock:
The charango is one of my favorite instruments.
When I travel I usually take one with me to entertain myself.
For information the Charango method Book & CD, press here.
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