As the Spanish colonized the islands of the Caribbean they brought many things, including musical instruments. Guitars were very popular and as time passed several new variants developed. In Puerto Rico the five-course Cuatro, with a body resembling a violin,¬†tuned in¬†fourths with a sound somewhere¬†between a mandolin and 12-string guitar, became the mainstay of¬†Jibaro¬†music. This island guitar has is hard to find, but we can offer a cuatro made in America with hardwoods. Modeled after fine traditional instruments, this version even incorporates some minor changes that improve intonation and playability. The Cuatro is a standard body style, tuned Bb-Ee-aa-dd-gg, and the top is quarter-sawn solid hardwood. It is¬†matte finished for protection without sacrificing tone.
This one is shop worn, but still plays fine. Some minor wear and tear.