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Thread: Requinto Guitar/Guitarlele

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Nakhonratchasima, Thailand

    Default Requinto Guitar/Guitarlele

    I play Guitalele but find the fingering a little tight. So that made me think of a Requinto Guitar. Maybe a little more finger space. But when I check the specifications of a Requinto, they seem to be almost the same as my Yamaha CS40 and Aria A 20-53 Guitars except the Requinto has different strings. So now I am thinking that I could restring one of my short scale guitars and have a Requinto Guitar. Requinto tuning would put my guitar the same as a Guitalele, A to A.

    Am I lost on the above or correct? Would the guitar with the Requinto strings sound just like a Requinto Guitar? What are your opinions and/or experiences?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Oakland CA


    It depends on how much you willing to spend, and the kind of music you want to play. In my case it's primarily music from the Renaissance and Baroque period.

    I recently purchased a used Esteve 6008 Requinto all solid wood guitar with a 535mm scale, 52mm wide fretboard, and a really large body. I have retuned it E-E with the same Romero Creations strings that came with my DHO 6 String. It's easy to play and sounds crazy good.

    Every time I pick it up, I cannot keep myself from giggling and thinking how lucky I am to have this instrument.

    The extra width of the fretboard makes a huge difference in playability.

    I still own my Romero Creations DHO 6 string and a LaMancha Rubi CM-53, which both have a 530mm scale, but the Esteve is my hands down favorite.

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