The Artimúsica RJ80B cavaquinho rajão is the perfect instrument to interpret Madeira's modinhas and give another twist to traditional Portuguese music.
The cavaquinho rajão is one of the most popular variants of this traditional national chordophone, with origins on the island of Madeira. It has five strings, instead of the usual four, and tunes A-Mi-C-G-D, from the 1st to the 5th string. As the 3rd string is lower, it has a very characteristic sound.
The RJ80B model is built according to tradition but with some modern touches given by Artimúsica's design.
The top is in linden and the bottom and sides are in acacia. The neck is in poplar, and the fretboard is in acacia, as well as the easel.
The head has a very modern and interesting asymmetrical design, boasting five chimes in a three/two arrangement. The glossy finish highlights the natural characteristics of the wood while protecting it.
The Artimúsica RJ80B also features a round mouthpiece, simply decorated but in very good taste. It is a very well built instrument, with an impeccable sound, perfect for accompanying dances and group singing.
Founded in September 1992, Artimúsica is one of the reference brands in the craft construction of traditional Portuguese instruments. It is a family business, which follows the construction method initiated by master Joaquim José Machado over 100 years ago. Artimúsica craftsmen make each instrument as if it were a true work of art, making each piece unique, of high quality, full of tradition.
The Artimúsica RJ80B cavaquinho rajão is one of those instruments that all lovers of traditional Portuguese music should have in their collection, to be played intensely and with great joy.
The cavaquinho has witnessed a resurgence in modern Portuguese music and the cavaquinho rajão, due to its unique characteristics, is a very interesting chordophone to explore and preserve.
The Artimúsica RJ80B is an excellent option to venture into new sounds or to play traditional themes, and thus preserve the national musical heritage.
- Model: RJ80B
- Top: linden
- Rosette. laser engraving rosette
- Back and sides: acacia
- Fingerboard and bridge: acacia
- Neck: poplar
- Nut and saddle: acrylic
- Tuning machines: nickel plated
- Finish: open pore
Portuguese traditional instruments can present differences to the picture
shown in the website due to it's artisanal manufacturing,
specially in it's decoration.