Machete (musical instrument)

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The machete (Portuguese: machete de braça, sometimes improperly transliterated as machete de braga) is a small stringed instrument from Madeira, Portugal. The instrument has four metal strings, in contrast to its sightly larger cousin the machete de rajão which has five metal strings. The machete is believed to be the immediate predecessor of the ukulele, being introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants in the late 19th century.[1]


  1. ^ Ruymar, Lorene (1 September 1996). The Hawaiian Steel Guitar and Its Great Hawaiian Musicians. Centerstream Publications. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-57424-021-4. Retrieved 21 August 2012.