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    Default Guitalele compared to Short Scale Guitar

    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?

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    A lot of 580 scale guitars I've seen are tuned standard E-E. They're sometimes referred to as 3/4 scale, although Cordoba considers 3/4 to be 615mm.

    Also, consider the nut width. Getting a wider nut on the same scale helps a lot with the finger spacing, but then might make it harder to bar chords. I recently bought a cheap Valencia VC203 guitar with 580 scale, but it had a bit wider nut for a 3/4 size(48 mm), so the string spacing felt a little better than some of the other short scale guitars I tried. Coming from a baritone, the string spacing still feels tight in comparison, but the fret spacing seems massive.
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    So CS40 is almost 23" scale and you want A-to-A tuning. I would look for the lowest tension classical strings you can find. I am sure the Savarez high tension set would be for E-to-E tuning.
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    The Aria alto guitar is tuned B to B (5th up from guitar) and is 530mm. Lighter or heavier bracing influences string resistance but it's mostly about using the right gauge of strings for the tuning you desire.

    https://ariaguitarsglobal.com/product/ac-50a/

    The DAddario J94 Requinto set are really light gauge but sound good tuned A to A. I've used them on several of my 510mm scale instruments (use custom Seaguar now).

    https://www.amazon.com/DAddario-J94-.../dp/B000OR6WJC
    Last edited by gochugogi; 02-26-2020 at 07:50 PM.

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    For more fingerspace try a Cordoba Mini M. You can buy strings for either A or E tuning.

    It has a nutwidth of 50 mm and if you want a more "steely" sound, try the Thomastic KR116 strings, that are a mixture of steel and nylon but at a low tension equal to pure nylon strings.
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    Can a Moderator please move this post up to Guitar Discussions. I posted it here in error. Thank you.

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