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The bajo sexto, not to be confused with its ten-stringed cousin the bajo quinto, is a guitar-like instrument known for being featured in traditional Mexican folk music. Some of its most famous players include Ry Cooder, Tim Eriksen, Cornelio Reyna, and Rigo Marroquin. Reverb has a wide variety of bajo sextos for sale, from beginner models to high-end professional instruments.

What Are Bajo Sextos?

A bajo sexto, meaning “sixth bass,” is a stringed instrument used in Mexican folk music. It has 6 doubled courses of strings for a total of 12 steel strings. It’s used especially frequently within the norteño and Tejano styles of music.

What is the bajo sexto tuning?

A bajo sexo is most often tuned in fourths, like a guitar. The three lower courses are tuned in octaves while the three upper courses are tuned in unison. A common tuning is E1-E2-A1-A2-D2-D3-G2-G2-C3-C3-F3-F3.

How do you play the bajo sexto?

Traditionally, the bajo sexto guitar is played with the fingers and is used to form the bass parts in a song. However, modern styles often use the bajo sexto in a more melodic way. As a result, it’s more often strummed or plucked with a pick.

Can I use guitar strings for a bajo sexto?

To get the best sound for your bajo sexto, we highly recommend purchasing strings made specifically for bajo sextos. Many brands, such as GHS and D’Addario make strings with the bajo sexto in mind.

Popular Bajo Sextos Brands on Reverb

Popular Bajo Sextos brands on Reverb include:

  • Paracho
  • Lucida
  • Oscar Schmidt
  • Paracho
  • Barraza
  • Ozark

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