Requinto Guitars from California (February 10, 2015)
At this time all requintos made in Spain and Mexico have been sold, however...
1. We will have a Professional Mexican made requinto in mid-March.
2. Antonio Aparicio made me 3 requintos with cutaways. I have been doing the french polishihg and fret work on these instruments. These requintos were made of old, dried woods from a workshop near Valencia, Spain. These requintos have solid cedar or 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. We sold one to Central California. I have two which I am completing. One is first qualitty and one will be 2nd quality because of a cosmetic defect in the rosette. The first requinto sounded great and I expect the other 2 will also sound very good. There are 2 nut sizes which are common on requintos--these have a 48mm nut which is fine for many people; if you have big hand these may not work for you.
When these instruments are ready for sale I will post a video of each instrument.
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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