Santino

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

Bob Bonastre

 

 

 

Translation of the quote:

“A fine instrument gives its best; this one will make you give your best too.” 

Unimagined sound experience paired with 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 in its sound.

The prototype of the Santino family of guitars accompanied my wife and me in early 2005 on our 1600 km pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. I had made it especially for this journey. It 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.

Equipped with tuners by Rubner, a 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.

 

 

 

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’ b g d A E D C G B

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 also had a client who wanted to have them tuned in thirds.
7th string C, 8th string A, 9th string F, 10th string D.

World-famous guitarist Narciso Yepes also opted for a low C on the 7th string. But he tuned the 8th string slightly higher to an A♯, the 9th string to a G♯ and the 10th string on a F♯.

Santino QB 7-String 1855

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Aple
Lacquer
Matte finish
Tuners
Scheller
year of construction
2018
Scale
720mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
59,8mm / 69,8mm
Number of strings
7
Tuning
a e c G D A’ E’

Quint bass guitars (baritone guitars) were frequently found and have been quite popular around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. Why these guitars disappeared completely in the turmoil of the two world wars is a mystery to me. Slowly but surely they find their place in the guitar family once again. I appreciate the special sound character of these guitars. The sound is warm, supporting and can be modulated at any volume.
This type of guitar is wonderful to play as a solo instrument and is an absolute enrichment for any ensemble.

For this guitar Michael decided to choose only native woods and add a 7th string to complete the guitar with a low e-string. In order to be able to play in the big band or to play together with accordion and other louder instruments, we have installed a pickup.

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’ d’ b♭ f c G

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

Santino M.C. 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’ b g d A E B,

Matthias Claudius Aigner is an excellent sculptor and painter from the city of Linz. As 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 B1 as a 7th string, it is possible to combine a traditional with a baritone guitar.

Santino 9-string 29/11

Model
Santino
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Tiger maple
Lacquer
Matte 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’ b g d A E B, G,

One way of translating lute baroque pieces to guitar more easily and authentically is to add a high a’ string.

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’ d’ b♭ f c G

This instrument is equipped with “FABS” (free adjustable bridge system). Thanks to “FABS”, it is possible to adjust the intonation more precisely.

Santino Prim 24/11

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

This instrument is equipped with “FABS” (free adjustable bridge system). Thanks to “FABS”, it is possible to adjust the intonation more precisely.

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 e c G D A’

This instrument is equipped with “FABS” (free adjustable bridge system). Thanks to “FABS”, it is possible to adjust the intonation more precisely.

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’ d’ b♭ f c G

The “Santiago” accompanied my wife and me in early 2005 on our 1600 km pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.