German Vazquez Rubio "Requinto Elite"
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German Vazquez Rubio (also known as G.V. Rubio) has been making guitars for over forty years and has developed his own signature sound that guitarists have come to love. He was born in 1952 in Paracho, Mexico where there is an abundance of fine luthiers (with few exceptions all of the finest guitars in Mexico come from Paracho). German's first formal training began at eleven years old when he left school to help support his seven siblings and work for his uncle Manuel Rubio at his workshop. There even at his young age he made a conscious effort to make guitar building his life's work. In 1968 at the age of sixteen he made his first concert level guitar (hence his label reads 'desde 1968"). German has since been able to learn from many different master builders such as Felix Manzanero, Jose Romanillos and Thomas Humphrey. He now resides in Los Angeles, California where he builds a variety of both classical and flamenco models.
The Requinto is 548mm scale and is traditionally tuned to "A" (just like using a capo on a standard-scale guitar at the 5th fret). Mexican groups like "Trio Los Panchos", "Los Dandys", and "Los Tres Ases" are typically credited for popularizing the requinto in the 20th century. The instrument uses normal tension classical guitar strings and is played the same as a standard guitar. Many session recording artists also use requintos on professional recordings when they want to capture a bright clean melody. Because of its much smaller scale it is an attractive instrument for guitarists that wish to have easier reach or a different sound from the typical classical guitar.
This particular requinto is made with German's most precious materials. Made with aged German spruce soundboard and master grade European flamed maple on the back and sides it is German's "Elite" model. It also has a Spanish cedar neck with a hidden fixed reinforcement and African ebony fingerboard. A hand thinned nitrocellulose lacquer finish gives it amazing sustain and volume. The traditional aesthetics include abalone shell inlay on the rosette, fingerboard and headstock and it also comes with specially crafted bindings and purfling.