Requintos Romanticos

The term “requinto” refers to a smaller, higher pitched version of a musical instrument. And that is exactly what the requinto romantico is: a higher pitched version of a Spanish guitar.

Often referred to as the smaller Spanish guitar and played in a romantic style (or bambuco style), the requinto romantico is a 6 string nylon guitar with a guitar scale 18% smaller than a typical guitar scale. It typically is tuned five (5) pitches higher than a typical Spanish guitar and is crafted with a cutout so that higher frets are more easily accessible. Candelas Guitars offers Requintos Romanticos with sides and backs hand made from either Mahogany, Palo Escrito, Maple, Brazilian Rosewood or Indian Rosewood with Cedar or Spruce tops.

Requinto Romantico Mahogany
Romantico Mahogany
Requinto Romantico Maple
Romantico Maple
PE Romantico
Romantico Palo Escrito
Requinto Romantico Indian Rosewood
Romantico Indian Rosewood
Requinto Romantico Brazilian Rosewood
Romantico Brazilian Rosewood

Requinto romanticos from Mexico and ones used in Mariachi bands have a deeper body than standard classical guitars and are usually played in a trio that includes a Spanish guitar and a string bass. A requinto is to a Mariachi band what a violin is to an orchestra. (Viola = Standard Guitar, Bajo Sexto = Cello, Bass = bass).

Bands and groups such as Los Panchos, Los Dandys, and Los Reyes play with Requintos Romanticos.