Jul 2016

New instrument acquisitions

Portuguese guitar

2008 Fernando Meireles (Coimbra, Portugal)

One of the greatest instrument builders in Portugal, Fernando Meireles builds guitars with a very lush sound, excellent playability and a genuine respect for tradition. His instruments are played by many of the top players in Portugal. This instrument is a real gem and we’re so proud to have this guitar in our collection.

All four of these instruments were purchased from Agostinho Tico Rodrigues at his beautiful shop Porto Guitarra located in Oporto, Portugal. Funding for this acquisition was made possible via private donation from the Topeka Community Foundation.

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Machete de rajão
Madeira, Portugal

The rajão was taken to Hawaii and evolved into the ukulele.

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Oporto, Portugal

A small Portuguese instrument also popular in Cape Verde and Brazil.

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Viola braguesa
Oporto, Portugal

An, instrument from north-western Portugal. It has 10 strings in 5 courses

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