Special sizes

... La guitare bariton de Daniel Zucali est un des plus incroyables instruments que j'ai jamais joués ...

Bob Bonastre

Translation of the quote:

“The baritone guitar of Daniel Zucali is one of the most incredible instruments I have ever played.”

Various sizes of guitars have been established as “standard”. However, there are countless ways to adapt an instrument to the guitarist’s desires. Wonderful guitars can also be built with a smaller scale.

Larger ensembles sometimes use octave or bass octave guitars. Yet baritone (quint-bass) or terz guitars are virtually unknown, even though they sound wonderful in an ensemble or played solo. Giuliani even wrote a Concerto in F-major for terz guitar.

Elia 28/11

Model
Elia
Soundboard
Cedar
Back
Indian Rosewood
Shape
Elia small
Lacquer
Matte wax
Tuners
Alessi
year of construction
2011
Scale
630mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
52mm / 62mm

Aline 43/15

Model
Aline
Soundboard
Cedar lattice
Back
Ziricote
Lacquer
High gloss, Soundboard shellac
Tuners
Alessi
year of construction
2015
Scale
640mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
52mm / 62mm

Aline 42/14

Model
Aline
Soundboard
Cedar lattice
Back
Palo Escrito
Shape
Elia small
Lacquer
High gloss, Soundboard shellac
Tuners
Alessi
year of construction
2014
Scale
630mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
52mm / 62mm

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 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 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.

Terz Klassik 10/10

Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Tiger maple
Tuners
Alessi
year of construction
2010
Scale
580mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
50mm / 60mm
Tuning
g’ d’ b♭ f c G

Terz Klassik 21/11

Model
Terz klassik
Soundboard
Spruce
Back
Chequers tree
year of construction
2011
Scale
560mm
Neck (nut, 12th fret)
50mm / 60mm
Tuning
g’ d’ b♭ f c G