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The Charango is a small South American stringed instrument of the lute family, traditionally made with the shell of the back of an armadillo. It typically has 10 strings in five courses of 2 strings each, although other variations exist. Traditionally made with a dried armadillo shell for the back and wood for the soundbox top, neck, etc. today Charango’s are commonly made of wood, with a bowl-shaped back imitating the shape of the armadillo shell. Unlike most wooden lutes, the body and neck are typically made out of one solid piece of wood, carved into shape. The Charango’s ten strings require quite a large headstock, often approaching or even exceeding the size of its diminutive soundbox. Aside from these visual distinctions, it resembles a small ukulele.
Condition: New, all hand-made, all one piece.
This Charango is handcrafted in Bolivia by an excellent Andean luthier, constructed with two exotic South American kinds of wood; Naranjillo, and Jacaranda.
Refined Finished by Jorge (Farrucas Duo), using a non-toxic, 100% natural oil. This oil applied on the exterior of the Charango helps protect it from water and humidity; as well, giving it a natural, smooth, and professional finish. Due to drastic weather conditions and changes here in Canada, Jorge personally re-estabishes the Charango’s bridge, making it firm and weather-resistant.
Awayo Fabric Soft Case
Extra pack of Strings
Strap Pins (already installed by Jorge)
Electronic Basic Instructions (via Email)
Sound Board: White Pine / Jacaranda
Finger Board: Jacaranda
Type of Wood: Naranjillo
Sound Hole: Round
Tuning Pins: Metallic
Open Tuning: A minor 7
Tuning Pattern: 1st – 5th string (E – A – E – C – G)
Similar tuning to Ukulele (A – E – C – G)
Frequency: 4.40 Hz
Length: 66.2 cm (26.1″)
Width: 18.1 cm (7.2 “)