Viola Caipira -- Brazilian Style 10-string guitar
In Portuguese the word "viola" is used for a large category of string instruments. The phrase "viola da arco" means the bowed "viola" (in english, it is the large version of the violin); the viola de mão indicates the guitar-like instrument played with the hand (mão). The viola caipira is a guitar associated wth country folk that is, rural people (who are known as "caipira" in Brazil). This instrument has 10 strings paired into 5 courses and has an open G tuning. There are various tunings but a common tuning is : GDGBD (5th to 1st course, 1st course is the highest); this is the Brazilian Rio-abaixo tuning. There are a few Portuguese tuning: AEF#BE and GDEAD (see www.tunings.pbworks.com/w/page/22530666/viola caipira).
I have one of these instrument which was made in a good workshop in Portugal. I bought it because it was well made and the sound was quite loud. it has a solid spruce sounboard, back and sides of laminated African Ovankol (aka mongoy), a real wood mosiac, the scale length is 564mm, 42mm the nut width is, 36mm from 1st to 10th string at nut The price is $1000. Soon you will be able to hear and see this instrument in an unlisted section of YouTube.
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