String Winders for Portuguese guitarras, and
Strings for Coimbra and Lisboa guitarras (September 11, 2021)
(Alicates e cordas para guitarra portuguesa).
We have in stock a string winding tool which is essential for stringing up a guitarra. It is called an alicate para torcer cordas. It is used to make loops in the ends of the steel strings. Since guitarras are made in small quantities their scale lengths are all different. Therefore, it is necessary to custom make strings so the loops on each end are just the correct distance apart. Years ago the strings for the guitarra were sold on little spools and the guitarristas had to make loops on both ends of the strings. Nowadays the strings for Portuguese guitarras are sold in sets with a loop on one end of the string, nevertheless, the player must still put a loop in the one end of the string.
At the moment we have these Portuguese made
"alicates" (string winders) with easy grip handle for $40.00
plus shipping (see bottom of page). This model is superior to
the stringer winders with blue handles because the jaws close
[For more information on the guitarra see my article, "The Portuguese Guitarra: A Modern Cittern," published in the fall 1991 issue of American Lutherie: The Quarterly Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers.]
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