Santino

... Un bon instrument donne le meilleur qu'il a, celui-ci vous fera donner le meilleur de vous ...

Bob Bonastre

 

 

 

Translation of quote:

"... A good instrument gives the best it has, this one makes you give the best of you ..."

Unimagined sound experience from an extravagant design

This extraordinary instrument, which I also frequently build as an octave, terz, quint bass, bass or multi string guitar, has a robust, stage-ready design and assertiveness. This guitar presents itself unusual and individual sound in its sound.

The prototype of the Santino family of instruments accompanied my wife and me in early 2005 on our 1600 km pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela for which I had made it specially. The guitar I took with me needed to be small, handy and robust, which is why I decided to build a terz guitar. In order not to reduce the vibrating soundboard surface, I moved the soundhole near the basses next to the fretboard.

This family of guitars bears the proud name of my second son.

Outfitted with tuners by Rubner, matt lacquered surface and a simple build the Santino is one of my lower priced models starting at EUR 3,500.
Additional information available upon request.

 

 

 

Santiago Terz

Model
Santino prototype
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Bubinga
Lacquer
matte
Tuners
Schaller
year of construction
2005
Scale
540mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
50mm / 60mm
Tuning
G c f b d’ g’

…The "Santiago" accompanied my wife and me in early 2005 on our 1600 km pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela …

Santino Terz 23/11

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Cherry
Lacquer
Matte
Tuners
Rubner
year of construction
2011
Scale
Rubner
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
50mm / 60mm
Tuning
G c f b d’ g’

This instrument was equipped with “FABS” (free adjustable bridge system). Adjustment of the intonation is more precise with “FABS”.

Santino Prim 24/11

Model
2011
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Cherry
Tuners
Matte
year of construction
2011
Scale
650mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
52mm / 62mm

This instrument was equipped with “FABS” (free adjustable bridge system). Adjustment of the intonation is more precise with “FABS”.

Santino Quintbass 25/11

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Cherry
Lacquer
Matte
Tuners
Rubner
year of construction
2011
Scale
720mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
52mm / 62mm
Tuning
A’ D G c e a

Terz LIGITA 2015

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Plum
Tuners
Scheller
year of construction
2015
Scale
fanned frets 550mm - 570mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
50mm / 60mm
Tuning
G c f b d’ g’

I donated this terz guitar as first prize for the 2015 Liechtenstein guitar competition. The winner was Jinsae Kim.

Santino 7-string Aigner 2013

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Santos rosewood
Lacquer
matte wax
Tuners
Scheller
year of construction
2013
Scale
fanned frets 630mm - 670mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
60,6mm / 72mm
Number of strings
7
Tuning
e´ h g d A E H,

Matthias Claudius Aigner is an excellent sculptor and painter from Linz. Because I always like trying out new paths I asked him if he would embellish one of my guitars with Aigner-“ART”. So I built something special and let Matthias surprise me. For inspiration he had asked for various pieces of guitar music to get him into the right mood…The result speaks for itself.

With a deep H1 as a 7th string, it is possible to combine a "normal guitar" with a baritone guitar.

Santino 9-saitig 29/11

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Tiger maple
Lacquer
matt finish
Tuners
Scheller
year of construction
2011
Scale
fanned frets 635mm / 660mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
73,3mm / 88,5mm
Number of strings
9
Tuning
a´ e´ h g d A E H, G,

One way of transcribing baroque literature for lute easier and more authentic is to add a high a’ string …

Santino 10-String 48/16

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Tiger maple (one-piece back)
Lacquer
High gloss, Soundboard shellac
Tuners
Alessi
year of construction
2016
Scale
fanned frets 630mm / 660mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
83,6mm / 100,6mm
Number of strings
10
Tuning
e´ h g d A E D C G H

With 10 strings there are several ways to increase the range. Usually, a 10-String guitar is equipped with four extra bass strings  to be tuned down in semitones. However, I have  also had a client who wanted to have them tuned in thirds ...
7. string C, 8 string A, 9 string F, 10 string D.
World famous guitarist Narciso Yepes has also opted for  a low C on the 7th string. But he has tuned the 8th string again slightly higher to an A sharp, the 9th string  to a G sharp and the 10th string on a F sharp.