Requinto Guitars in California (August 5, 2015) from Fernandez Music, Irvine, California. 949-856-1537

At this time we have a very nice Requinto made in Mexico.

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This instrument was made by M.T. Navarro Alvarez. $950 for requinto and hardshell case.

1. This fine requinto has a solid western red cedar soundboard, Palo Escrito back and sides, cocobolo fingerboard and bridge, 51mm nut width, 550mm scale, 110mm body depth at base (this is standard for Mexican Requinto as opposed to requintos made in Span which have a body depth of 100mm and therefore a different sound). It has a 3.5mm string height at 12th fret for 6th string and 3.2mm string height at 12th fret for 1st string. 2mm bone is still protruding above the wood of the saddle, white dot at 7th fret on side of fingerboard. Clear plastic pick-guard on face. Price includes 2 sets of Mari Requinto strings. For sale in California add 8% sales tax. Shipping is extra.

2. Last year, Antonio Aparicio Junior made me 3 requintos with cutaways. I have been doing the french polishing and fret work on these instruments. These requintos were made of old, dried woods from a workshop near Valencia, Spain. These requintos have solid spruce soundboards, solid Indian Rosewood, ebony fingerboard, ebony insert in the neck, real bone nut (48mm) and real bone saddle, quality tuners, real wood binding purfling and rosettes. The list price for the French Polished requintos is $1895. I have ONE left which I am completing. It has a 48mm nut which is fine for many people; if you have big hand this may not work for you. This one will be finished by end of Ma, 2015. This last requinto has a minor defect in the purfling on the bottom so I will discount it by 10%.

Below are photos of 2 of the requintos in progress.

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). Nut width range from 52 to 48mm. 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.

In you live in California we must add 8.0% sales tax. Prices are FOB Irvine, California.

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