Braguinha mod. 556 | Case Included!



Top – Solid Spruce
Backs and sides – Rosewood
Strings type – steel

European model instrument, certified wood FCS and CITES
Made in Portugal

Each instrument has an individual design so that no two are identical.

LEAD-TIME: Hand-Manufactured to order, please allow 15-30 working days to dispatch


On the Portuguese island of Madeira (just north of the Canary islands, more towards Portugal) exists a cavaquinho, with the name braguinha (or braguinã) – in fact “little Braga” (see viola de Braga). It is also called machete, or machete de Braga. It seems to have arrived on the island from Portugal in 1854 and was taken to Hawaii in 1879, where it became the ukulele (but with the tuning of the rajão). Its construction is like a small guitar, with a flat back and 4 metal strings. The pegs are friction pegs from the back or tuning machines. Sometimes the top half of the front is covered with different wood, like a scratch plate, but often it looks like a smaller rajão. This instrument first went to Madeira (in 1854, to become the braguinha) and then on to Hawaii (in 1879) to become the ukulele. The tuning of the 4 metal strings is d’ g’ b’ d” (the banjo tuning). It is played by strumming chords, to accompany folk singing.

Additional information

Weight 2,5000 kg

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