Requinto Guitars from Spain and Mexico (May 6, 2013)
At this time I have only 2 professional requintos at this time--an Esteve 6.04C and a fine Jurado Mexican style Requinto.
When applied to musical instruments, the term requinto is used in Spanish to mean a smaller, higher-pitched version of another instrument.
The requinto guitar is a six-string nylon guitar with a scale length of 530 to 555mm, this is about 18% smaller than a standard guitar scale (650 to 655mm). Many requintos have cutaways. Requintos made in Mexico typically have a deeper body (115mm to 120mm) than a standard guitar (100mm to 105mm), while requintos made in Spain tend to be of the same depth as the standard classical. In Mexico, the requinto is typically used in a "trio romantico", which includes the use of two other guitars along with the requinto.
There are small, medium, and large bodied requintos. The small and medium are usually tuned: A, D, G, c, e, a. (like a guitar fretted at the 5th fret). Occasionally, one comes across a long-scale requinto--with a scale of 570 to 585mm. Such instruments should be tuned G, C, F, b flat, d, g (like the 3rd fret on a standard guitar) in order not to put too much stress on the soundboard.
At this time we have a some interesting requintos in stock from Spain (made by Esteve Guitars), and a professional requinto (made by Jesus Jurado) from Mexico.
Esteve 6.04C requinto cutaway with spruce soundboard. ONE LEFT.
Solid cedar soundboard, rosewood fingerboard, laminated mongoy back and solid mongoy sides, deluxe tuners. 535mm scale, 21 frets with fingerboard extension over soundhole, cutaway. This is a great sounding requinto. Made in Spain. List price is $1395 case included.
Back of Esteve 6.04C requinto. ONE LEFT
Esteve Deluxe Requinto case
Mexico style Requinto made by Jesus Jurado. This requinto has a 550mm scale, solid spruce soundboard, solid Indian rosewood back and sides. The body depth is a little more than the Spanish style requinto; maximum depth at the base of the requinto is 112mm and at the neck-body joint the depth is 107mm. Price is $1995 with the Mexican case.
In you live in California we must add 8.0% sales tax. Prices are FOB Irvine, California.
Contact us by email to check the availability of these requintos: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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