Vihuela by Rafael Mardones

(1974) - Collection of Ximena Matamoros, Santiago, Chile
instrument: vihuela de mano | century: 20cent | catalogue nº: 20-215

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Creator Mardones, Rafael

Medium Instrument


City Santiago | Region Chile | Old kingdom America

Body Waisted Strings 6 courses Neck Medium Pegbox Angled flat
Bridge Fixed Frets Yes Back Flat Pegs Rear
Technique None

This vihuela built in 1974 is claimed to be the first modern vihuela built in Chile. This instrument was built with advice from renowned Chilean guitarist Luis López, supposedly according to historical principles but is an example of the way that the vihuela was interpreted by modern guitar makers preceding the revival of instrument building based on museum models.

The soundboard is from Canadian red pine, the back and sides from Brazilian Jacaranda, ebony fingerboard, decorations in mother of pearl and other woods. Fixed metal frets

Permission granted by Ximena Matamoros to publish images of the instrument granted in December 2019