Lisbon Music Shop Musical instrument shop since 1958
Lisbon Music Shop Musical instrument shop since 1958

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Cavaquinho APC 102 Round Soundhole Half Tops Machine Heads


The APC model 102 cavaquinho is a model with half tops, which gives it a showy look. The woods used on the top are spruce (fir) and black African wood.

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The APC 102 is a cavaquinho that stands out for its design, its sound and its very affordable price. Made in Portugal. 

APC is one of the largest Portuguese brands of traditional instruments and this cavaquinho shows why it is also one of the most popular. The APC 102 is a high quality instrument, manufactured with modern construction techniques, following the roots of tradition.

The APC 102 has two half tops: one half is made of light fir wood and the other half is made of solid African black wood. At the junction of the half tops is a simple round mouth, which unifies the image of modernity and tradition that this cavaquinho represents.

The bottom and sides are in laminated walnut, in contrast to the solid wood in the top, and the neck is in maple. The fingerboard of 12 frets in black African wood is leveled flat to the top of the cavaquinho, for a bright and comfortable strum, even for those who are still starting in this instrument.

The tuning machines are made of nickel, very stable and keep the cavaquinho tuned, even when played with great intensity.

The cavaquinho is an instrument widely used in traditional Portuguese music, as in Minho "rusgas", but it has found space in other musical genres that benefit from its bright and very lively sound.

The traditional tuning of the cavaquinho is D - B - G - G. This instrument is predominantly harmonic, and is used both solo to accompany the voice, and in conjunction with other traditional instruments, such as the viola, the fiddle, the reco-reco , among others.

The APC 102 cavaquinho is manufactured by APC, a Portuguese company with decades of experience in the construction of traditional instruments. António Pinto Carvalho, the founder of APC, began to learn the art of building guitars and cavaquinhos, by the hand of his grandfather, only 10 years old.

In 1976 he created APC, specializing in the construction of cordophones. Nowadays it is the largest national company in the industry, with about 50 employees, who give authenticity and a personal touch to each instrument, manufactured with the most advanced construction technology, for greater precision and rigor. Modernity and tradition are the key to this company that proudly promotes the Portuguese cultural tradition.

The APC 102 cavaquinho is a cavaquinho made in Portugal for all those who have a passion for our musical tradition.


  • Top: half tops, solid spruce with solid african blackwood
  • Soundhole: round
  • Back and sides: laminated walnut
  • Neck: maple
  • Frieze: traditional inlays
  • Machine head: nickel plated
  • Fingerboard: african blackwood

Etiqueta instrumento musical fabricado em Portugal
Portuguese traditional instruments can present differences to the picture
shown in the website due to it's artisanal manufacturing,
specially in it's decoration.
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