1978 Giannini Craviola

$ 723.84

Designed by Brazilian guitarist Paulinho Nogueira the Craviola is one of the most distinctive guitar designs ever made. Its sound is distinctive, a cross between a harpsichord (in Portuguese, cravo) and the traditional 10-string Brazilian guitar, the viola caipira. Nogueira coined the name Craviola for his creation and collaborated with São Paulo instrument maker Giorgio Giannini to produce the guitar.

The body shape echoes that of a lute – a large teardrop shape on the upper body, disrupted by the flowing, wavelike lower body. It hugs the leg perfectly and provides extra length on the bass side for the soundboard to vibrate more efficiently. This disruption of the traditional acoustic guitar shape produces a deep, bell-like, sweet sound with a lovely sustain.

The guitar’s materials are traditional: Sitka spruce top with ply spruce over rosewood sides and back, a mahogany neck, and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard. With a characteristic flourish the headstock design has a little comma shape, almost a wink.

It was produced in three styles, including a 12-string. Although it has been played by notable players, including Jimmy Page, who played a 12-string Craviola, it has been largely ignored. This is a shame, given the distinctive and beautiful sound it creates.

These Steel-strings versions are harder to find than nylon string versions. This 1978 Craviola is in pretty good condition for its age – it has been well played and has plenty of small marks to show for its age – see last 5 pictures. Comes complete with a brand new padded gig bag.

Shipping within mainland UK using fully insured 24-hour courier service @ £35.00.

Shipping to US/Canada is £195.00

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