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Front view from cutaway side of Requintonator 15

= Requintonator™ Serial #15 ===

This instrument was commissioned by Dave Dekker. A week after receiving it, Dave had this to say: "I am having a ball with this thing. I haven't even picked up my guitar since I got it."

This is not actually a Mandonator™. It's a resonator instrument with 6 strings, tuned as if a standard guitar had a capo on the 5th fret. From low to high, this is: A, D, G, C, E, A. I call it a Requintonator™. For additional information and sound samples, see the Requintonator™ introduction.


The options he chose are:

  • 6 strings; scale 19.2"
  • Khaya ("African mahogany") body with Indian rosewood binding
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Curvey, paddle-shape headstock with khaya veneer
  • Stamped tailpiece
  • Fishman Passive Resonator Pickup


Standard features include:

  • Spherically arched back
  • Khaya mahogany neck
  • Radiused fingerboard
  • Cutaway
  • Spider bridge and resonator cone
  • Traditional F-shape soundhole
  • Tung oil based varnish


View of the back of Requintonator 15

Notice how the tung oil based varnish results in a mellower appearance than a glossy lacquer finish (compare to Mandonator™ #7, for example).

Photo showing Requintonator 15 next to a Mandonator, to give an idea of scale

This photo shows a Requintonator™ (left) next to a Mandonator™, to give an idea of the difference in size. The bodies are the same; only the number of strings, and the neck and scale length are different.

The requintonator being played

Here's what it looks like when it's being played. (If you look closely, you'll notice a trapeze tailpiece has replaced the initial stamped tailpiece.)

You can see photos of this instrument under construction on its Shop Talk page.


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