The Cuatro is a Venezuelan instrument. Most players strum the instrument (the reason for the tap plate built seamlessly on the upper bout), and the Cuatro's sound tends to serve as a rhythmic and harmonic base. Popular for its simplistic design and its compact size (20.5" or 521mm scale length), the Cuatro is a versatile instrument fit for all styles and varieties of music. Cordoba's Cuatro is made with a solid Spruce top, mahogany back and sides and a mahogany tap plate. Our Cuatros are tuned to D-G-B-E (standard Baritone ukulele tuning). Aquila Cuatro strings can be purchased here.
Traditionally the Cuatro is tuned to the standard A-D-F#-B. It is tuned in a similar fashion to the traditional D tuning of the ukulele, but the A and B are an octave lower. Consequently, the same fingering can be used to shape the chords, but it produces a different inversion of each chord.
|Top||Solid Spruce Top|
|Back & Sides||Mahogany|
|Rosette||All natural wood inlaid|
|Finish||Satin (matte) finish, natural color|
|Neck/Fingerboard||Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard|
|Scale Length||511mm (20.125")|
|Nut Width||38mm (1.5")|
|Fret Marker Inlays||Markers on the 3, 5, 7, 9, 12|
|Number of Frets||14 frets total|
|Body Width & Length||174mm width at upper bout / 255mm width at lower bout / 800mm (31.5") in total length|
|Body Depth||70mm at upper bout / 79mm at lower bout|
|Tuning Machines||Chrome Tuning Machines|
|Strings||Aquila Baritone ukulele treble strings / D'Addario wound bass strings|
|Tap Plate/Pick Guard||Mahogany|