Mandolin Guitarrinha Artimúsica BD41GC Half Luxe Standard Machine Head

This Artimúsica BD41GC mandolin has a Portuguese guitar-shaped body. It is  reminiscent of Brazilian mandolins by their body shape, but the length of the neck is that of Portuguese mandolin (the neck of the Brazilian mandolin is longer). Made with selected woods. 

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The Artimúsica BD41GC guitar mandolin combines the characteristics of the mandolin with the shape of the Portuguese guitar.

The mandolin is one of the most popular instruments of traditional Portuguese music, and has been multiplied in various versions around the world, being central to Celtic-inspired music and Brazilian popular music.

Made with high quality woods, the Artimúsica BD41GC guitar mandolin is a distinctive cordophone with an exquisite finish. The top is in spruce, framed by walnut or maple or cherry (selected woods), on the sides and bottom. The neck is made of very resistant mahogany, and the fingerboard is made of panga panga.

Artimúsica manufactured a mandolin that respects the original sound of this instrument, but with a Portuguese guitar body, which gives it another charm. Despite being very similar to the Brazilian mandolin due to this format, the neck has the length of the Portuguese mandolin, which is shorter than in the Brazilian version.

The mandolin has its origins in the beginning of the 16th century, in Italy, where it developed in several versions. It was very popular with the noble classes, and spread quickly through European courts, where it could be seen in the lap of many ladies. With four pairs of strings, it is tuned like the violin (high to low - Mi Lá Ré Sol).

As he liked the nobility and the high bourgeoisie, he received the attention of great composers like Vivaldi, Beethoven, Handel, Verdi and Mozart, who wrote pieces for this instrument.

Mandolins exist in several national or regional variations, with bodies of different shapes, entering modern times with electrified versions. In your close family are Bandola, Bandoleta and Bandoloncelo.

The Artimúsica BD41GC guitar mandolin is an instrument that follows the traditional construction practices developed over the decades by Artimúsica artisans.

Founded in September 1992, Artimúsica is one of the benchmarks in the artisanal construction of traditional Portuguese instruments. It is a family business, continued by the masters Manuel Carvalho and José Carvalho, who still follow the construction method initiated by their grandfather, master Joaquim José Machado.


  • Mandolin with Portuguese guitar body shape.
  • Model: BD41GC
  • Top: spruce
  • Bottom and sides: walnut, cherry or maple (selected woods)
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Fingerboard: panga panga
  • Bindings: 1
  • Finish: gloss

Portuguese traditional instruments can present differences to the picture
shown in the website due to it's artisanal manufacturing,
specially in it's decoration.

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