Custom Cuban Electric Tres from Delgado Guitars

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  1. roquero

    roquero Supporting Member

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    Just got a call from Manuel Delgado of Delgado Guitars in Nashville that my custom built Cuban Electric Tres is ready.

    It's outfitted with a custom Seymour Duncan pickup and looks sweet:

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    Manny has done custom work for artists like Los Lobos, among others.


    Really looking forward to putting this baby through its paces!
     
  2. Fonz13

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    Really cool man! Does he make the traditional kind as well?
     
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    Man that does look cool. Please give us some details on that guitar.
     
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    That's interesting.
    What's the scale and tuning all about?
     
  5. roquero

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    The traditional tuning of the Cuban tres is G,C,E where the E string is the same as a guitar high E.

    Some players now tune up a step to A,D, F# or an open D chord.

    It has three pairs of strings, tuned in either unisons or octaves.

    The most common pairings are:

    1- g/G c/c E/e
    2- g/G c/c e/e

    This is my favorite tresero, the late great Arsenio Rodriguez, who was blind:




     
  6. roquero

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    I understand that he does do the traditional kind as well.

    He's built the traditional ones, but I believe mine is the first electric one that he has built.

    Specs on mine: body made of swamp ash, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, truss rod, custom Seymour Duncan pickup with volume and tone (250 ohm), nickel frets, bone nut, custom bridge, and Grover tuners.

    You can contact him on his web page- he will build to your specs: http://www.delgadoguitars.com/x/
     
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    That is pretty freakin' cool! I checked out his guitars as Nashville Amp Expo a few years ago, they were quite nice. Didn't realize he built tres, laud, bajo and such, too. This is potentially terrible news for my bank account, as I'm in need of a few of them and have been looking for something better than the dodgy examples on ebay.
     
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  10. roquero

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    I finally got her today, and it was worth the wait! Plugged her in to my Vox amp and played a bit- the action is super on this baby! [​IMG]
     

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