The Coimbra Portuguese Guitar features a tear-shaped headstock, a more elongated body, and a softer fingerboard radius. The string length is typically 470mm (18.5”), and the tuning C3C4 G3G4 A3A4 C4 G4 A4. The music of Coimbra is characterized by this guitar’s structure and string placement, which facilitates chording, thus making it very suitable for ballads.
In September of 1992 ARTIMÚSICA Instrumentos Musicais, Lda. was officially established, being distinguished from other companies by its artisanal work.
The main luthiers, Manuel and José Carvalho, learned the traditional craft from their grandfather, the Master Joaquim José Machado – an important reference in the history of Portuguese chordophones.
At Casa da Guitarra you can find cavaquinhos, Portuguese guitars and steel-stringed guitars, among other instruments, made by Artimúsica.