Vazquez Cuatro

Description
This cuatro was made by Rafael Aviles Vazquez in Puerto Rico in 1999-2000. A type of plucked 10-string instrument (5 courses, double-strung), it is now ubiquitous in most groups playing any kind of Puerto Rican music. It is used in the manner of a first guitar: to play melodies and to “floretear” or accompany singing. The instrument is used today in salsa orchestras and plena music groups and is, of course, the king of Puerto Rican country music.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cuatro
prior attribution
1991
date made
1999-2000
maker
Vazquez, Rafael Aviles
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
nylon (strings material)
Measurements
overall: 85.5 cm x 28.5 cm x 9.5 cm; 33 11/16 in x 11 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in
place made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
2001.0014.02
accession number
2001.0014
catalog number
2001.0014.02
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Artifact Walls exhibit
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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