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Guitarrón Mexicano...

As a followup to my La Cucaracha blog, I did some listening to a few Mexican Mariachi bands to see a Guitarrón Mexicano that translates to "big Mexican guitar"
Very unusual instrument as it's large body overshadows a short neck. But... it's a 6-string acoustical bass guitar used in accompaniment by plucking (and not strumming) the notes.

The tuning is very different than a Spanish guitar so you have to learn a different scale to play the Guitarrón.

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It's an interesting instrument... I like it, but not enough to get one, nor am I feeling hungry for a burrito!

I could only play half of that video... the guy was giving me a headache!
laugh

Comments (1)

Interesting. The lack of frets plus the way the string spacing progressively widens as the length progresses is more similar to an upright bass. However, the string diameter is more guitar than bass.
It seems like an almost extinct primordial instrument along the path of bass evolution. laugh

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