1970s Mexican-made Requinto




A local buddy dropped this off (along with a number of consignment instruments) a long while back. It didn't need much, so while I was doing a set of bridge reglues on other guitars, I replaced the missing bridge on this one and got it going.

It's unmarked but almost certainly Mexican-made. The age of the tuners and the style of the build suggests a '70s or '80s make to me. It has a solid (cedar?) top over solid mystery-wood (to me, anyway) rosewood-family back/sides. I like that rosewood binding, too.

Requintos are normally tuned ADGCEA (low to high, like the 5th fret with a capo) above guitar's E-to-E, but because I only had normal strings around, I strung it up light and tuned it GCFBbDG low to high (3rd fret of a normal guitar) instead. With heavier strings it would happily tune down to normal E-to-E and serve as a travel/compact guitar, too.

As you can hear in the clip -- it has a full, strident sound with good sustain and snap. Notes pop right out and carry. I had to back the mic off like crazy because it has a punchy bass that was woofing it too much. 

Repairs included: a bridge reglue/replacement, fret level/dress, restring, and setup.

Setup notes: action is bang-on at 3/32" at the 12th fret overall. The neck is straight and there's room to adjust the saddle.

Scale length: 22 3/8"
Nut width: 2"
String spacing at nut: 1 3/4"
String spacing at bridge: 2 5/16"
Body length: 17"
Lower bout width: 13 5/8"
Side depth at endpin: 4"
Top wood: solid cedar(?)
Back & sides wood: solid rosewood-a-like
Bracing type: fan, light
Fretboard: rosewood, bone nut
Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle
Neck feel: medium D-shape, flat board
Neck wood: Spanish cedar? (mahogany-family)

Condition notes: it's quite clean but does show minor finish aging and usewear throughout. There are no cracks and everything but the bridge is original.













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