So, the package from Bolivia finally made it through. And just look at this beauty!
(And no, it's not a bajo sexto behind, it's just my Number One, a tad bigger than a standard guitar. It's the newcomer that's small, about the size of a viola.)
Officially, it's a traveller guitar. It is. Really small, really light, and by the looks of it, made to last. Yet, when tuned as a normal guitar, it's nothing special. The trick is, it can also be tuned as a requinto, a fourth higher. That's what makes it rock.
On the downside, it seems to be made for nylon strings only. I've already tried using them fishing line strings twenty or so years ago. Well, the bass strings have improved since, they're no more trying to roll away from under your thumb. They even produce a decent sound. The treble ones, however, still sound awfully. At least, on this one. Hey folks, if I wanted the sound of a wooden peg hit by a butcher knife, I'd get myself a knife and a box of pegs. Fiddles can play pizzicato just perfectly, too, thank you very much indeed. Guitar strings, in my book, are supposed to ring — and do so for several seconds at least. But well, good old steel seems not to be an option any more. Forget your push'n'release, switch to harmonica or flamenco.
Well, I'd probably get me another one for experiments, so stay tuned.
Next step, charango.