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Some ancient guitars

Vihuela

Original from 16th century, the vihuela was, in its final form, a guitar with six double strings made of gut. The large type of vihuela was some four inches longer than the modern guitar. The neck had twelve frets.

The five-string guitar had a derivative known as the guitarra battente. It is characterized by a soundbox the back of which curves gently outwards instead of being simply flat. It has a bridge with foliage designs at each end. It had tied-on gut frets and a lute-like bridge glued to the soundboard.

The Vieyra 6 courses guitar

This guitar appeared around end of 18th century. It was made by Antonio dos Santos Vieyra from Lisbon, Portugal.

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The Fabricatore guitar

This guitar was made in 1822 in Naples, Italy by Gennaro Fabricatore, one of the most important Italian guitar maker .

The Lacôte guitar

This guitar was made in 1825 in Paris, by François René Lacôte.  It is a step closer to the modern guitar.

Antonio de Torres, 1882

It led directly to the basic form of the guitar
in which it is now known. It has 65 cm
strings, the measure still in use today.


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