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THE RANDOLIN CUATRO: Acoustic Cuatro


We have chosen the use of "Quatro" over the traditional spelling of "Cuatro" to distinguish our instruments, which are not made in the traditional Puerto Rican way. Our "Quatros" are made according to modern guitar making methods, as opposed to traditional "cuatros" whose body and neck are carved out of a 3 inch block of wood. We are also using a tailpiece and floating bridge, with a higher neck angle, more akin to an arch topped guitar or mandolin. This set up was originally used on early 20th century "cuatros" made in Puerto Rico, making them much more akin to the mandolin family. We feel that this set up, as well as the body shape, produces a unique sound, both loud, sweet and sonorous.

Available on special orders only: • Case • Special colors • Sunburst finish. Note; all cuatros are custom made to order. All orders require 50% downpayment. Custom orders before finish work is started require full payment which is non-refundable upon delivery. Contact Nowa Crosby for details.

X braced with fans across the bottom lower bout.A traditional cuatro has a 20 7/16 - 20 3/4 scale for looser feer and playability. This model is 21 3/4" and has a tighten feel, it could also be used as a Cittern or DADAG or other open tuning. Body is made of maple with spruce. Available woods for body and neck:

Prices begin at $2500 Please inquire for pricing of carved tops at 802-865-3890 or randolin1@gmail.com.


SPECIFICATIONS:
  • Nut: 1 7/8" or 4.7 cm (47 mm)
  • Scale length: 21 3/4", 20 7/16" or 20 3/4"
  • Body length: 17 1/2"
  • Lower Bout: 11 7/8"
  • Upper Bout: 7"
  • Waist: 5 1/2"
  • Neck: 18 1/2"
  • Overall: 36"
  • Frets: 20 frets
  • 12 frets to body.
  • Body Depth: 2 3/4" to 3 1/8".
  • Bindings available in wood or plastic.
  • We use Allen tailpieces.Headstocks are made either as slot head or snakehead.
  • Cherry
  • maple
  • Walnut
  • Cocobola
  • Cristobal
  • Mahogany or Spanish Cedar (Cedro)
Carved tops also available in spruce(including Adirondack ) or cedar.