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Old Fado Guittarra  (608)  @ 200 euros

Old Portuguese fado guitarra

A typical Portuguese, fado-style, flat-back guitarra, with a long scale length, heavily domed fingerboard and Preston tuners. It is in good condition after restoration. There was the remains of a label, but totally unreadable….

This instrument is fully playable. The top is new. It has a new two-piece back. It has its original domed rosewood fingerboard, with original, re-levelled frets. The tuners, tailpiece and bridge are originals. It has been re-finished throughout with Tru-oil, a light, modern, hard, oil-varnish. It has been restrung with light bronze wound strings, and tuned to bb, aa, Bb, Aa, Dd, in the Lisbon style. It is now playing well with a well-balanced, bright, ringing tone and good volume. It has an easy action.

Other than cleaning, I have repaired as follows… 1) fitted a new back and front; 2) reinstalled the fingerboard on a shim; 3) relevelled the frets; 4) repaired a split to the head; 5) refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish; and 5) fitted new strings and set up.



Guitarra Specifications (In Millimetres)

Overall Length of guitarra


Width of guitarra at widest point


Approx. Depth of guitarra

120mm at bridge.


Re-stained and refinished throughout with Tru-oil varnish.

Belly wood

New, book-matched, spruce top.

Scratch plate

New acetate

Sound hole

Round approx diam. 80mm

Back and sides

Stained maple. New 2-piece maple back fitted.

Neck and Head

Single-piece, scrolled, head and neck. Repairs to a crack in the scroll.


Original domed rosewood with original re-levelled brass bar frets. Original bone nut.

Machine heads

Original steel and brass Preston tuners with original buttons. All working.


Original tailpiece with 12 string posts, and strap button.


Original bridge refitted.

Scale Length Bridge to nut

Scale of 445mm

bottom string height at bridge


top string height at bridge


12th fret to bottom string (Action)


12th fret to bottom string (Action)


Width of fretboard at nut


Width of fretboard at widest point


Sleeve guard



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