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10 or 15 string Cuatro Sonero handmade in Puerto Rico by Don Cristobal Santiago


The traditional Puerto Rican cuatro is a lute-like instrument having ten strings in five courses, tuned in fourths from low to high B-e-a-d'-g'. This solid-body electric version, recently offered for sale on eBay, was built by Don Cristobal Santiago in 1994 and is currently strung with 10 strings but is able to accommodate 15 strings, so that each course would be made up of 3 strings. Mind, am I the only one who thinks that the positioning of the 15th machine head looks a bit like an afterthought?

G L Wilson

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