ten-string guitar is a laboratory of sounds
and colors refracted by the instrument's
unusual acoustical qualities.
Such guitar has its ten
strings mounted on the fingerboard, which
allows the sound to increase remerkably due
to the duplication of sounds and the
harmonics generated by the four additional
The width draws the finguers closer to the fingerboard making the arch lower, facilitating speed and ligatures.
The advantage is that the works originally
written for lute or ancient guitar can be
performed without any previous trancription.
As regards the contemporary music field, this guitar offers a great number of possibilities, since it counts with a winder range of sounds and technical resources.
There is no rule about starting with this instrument from the beginning or waiting years before adopting it, because when to start depends on the sensitivity of each one.
1828 - Fernando Carulli uses a guitar of ten cords with an extension in the handle without a fret for the four extra strings. It was built by the luthier René Lacote and registered in Paris in 1861. Carulli, also composed works for this instrument which can be found in his method Op.293 for the ten-string guitar.
Sor, Coste, Mertz, among other musicians,
wrote musical works for the ten-string
1960 - The Spanish luthier Jose Ramirez III, dedicated a lot of study to the construction of guitars with the purpose of solving the physical acoustic problems of the instrument and of extending its sound. He contacted Narciso Yepes with whom he created the idea of adding more strings to the instrument.
In 1964 the first modern ten string guitar originated. That same year Narciso Yepes performed for the first time with the ten string guitar in Berlin.
Néstor Benito, uses the ten string guitar since 1981.
E B G D A E C Bb Ab Gb
1º 2º 3º 4º 5º 6º 7º 8º 9º 10º
These tones provide harmonic vibration to extend each note's resonance on the guitar's fingerboard