This is a descendant of the portuguese Cavaquinho. This instrument “grew” a little, getting more strings length than its predecessor and a bigger harmonic box.
It has 4 strings and usually it is tuned like the first 4 strings of the Classical Guitar. This instrument is present in the traditional music of Cape Verde and it is virtuously played by several musicians of that country.
It’s a very intuitive instrument for those who want to experience new sounds and experience the environment of the “mornas” (typical music from Cape Verde).
In its different configurations of construction, these are the most popular:
Top: Linden, Spruce, Cedar
Sidesand back: Mahogany, Rosewood
Neck: Poplar, Mahogany
Fretboard: Wengé,Rosewood, Ebony