Giannini Craviola Nylon String - Want to amplify, any recommendations?

DeuxDoigts_TonnerreDeuxDoigts_Tonnerre Lawrenceville GA USANew Stringphonic #503 Basic, Altamira M30D, Eastman AR810CE, Giannini Craviola

Look what followed me home from Music-Go-Round last night... a Giannini Craviola made in Brazil!!! Wonderful sound and condition, manufacture date 5/1970. Neck is 1-7/8" at the nut and a little chunky, feels a lot like a gypsy neck. Responds well to my gypsy technique.

No electronics on this Craviola. Looking for ways to amplify this nylon-string beauty. Any suggestions?



  • DoubleWhiskyDoubleWhisky Upper FranconiaNew Dupont MD60, 1940s Castelluccia
    Posts: 140

    Magnetic pickups won't work but a piezo or a (maybe clip on lavalier) mic should work I guess. Nice find!

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,337

    Very cool! If a Selmac has Django's pencil thin moustache for the bridge, this has more of a Rollie Fingers feel.

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 839

    Did not know Craviola guitars before although listening to lots of Rock music during the 70ies: Jimmy Page played them.

    This is Paulinho Nogueira, who created the Craviola with Giannini:

    Did not know Rollie Fingers too, but know I do:

  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc // Guitars: Gerome, Caponnetto, Napoli, Musicalia, Bucolo, Sanchez et. al.
    edited December 2022 Posts: 603

    from wikipedia, for those that don’t know the craviola.

    “The Craviola is an acoustic guitar designed by Paulinho Nogueira and built by manufacturer Giannini.

    Craviolas have a distinct asymmetric body shape that deviates from the upper and lower bouts of classical guitars. Its timbre is said to resemble a combination of sounds from a harpsichord and a viola caipira, hence the portmanteau (Cravo is the Portuguese word for harpsichord).

    Craviolas can be six-string or twelve-string (either nylon or steel) and are produced solely by Giannini..”

    I love Nogueira’s solo guitar playing: the way he combines the twin melodies here, for example.

    (check out Elia Bastida’s version of this tune in the Djangobooks ‘violin’ subforum)


  • AndrewLawrenceAndrewLawrence Northampton, MA✭✭
    Posts: 56

    Hey DeuxDoigts:

    If you find what you need elsewhere, great. But if you'd like to talk to an expert in Brazilian instruments who -- precisely because of situations like yours -- has also developed pick-up solutions for several atypical Brazilian instruments (especially rabecas) you may want to check in with Adam Bahrami: [email protected].

    Good luck!


    Django in June / Choro Camp New England / The Choro Shop

  • everetteverett san francisco✭✭✭
    Posts: 154

    These are pretty decent for the price:

    they go on the bridge with wrap around nylon strings, and come the cable. Cheap and non-invasive.

    I had one on my DuPont nylon before installing an internal CS sensor piezo, which sounds great.

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