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The percussive, driving sound of any mariachi group comes from the distinctive guitarron. Though it is most common in mariachi and Mexican folk music, the guitarron has been used in recordings by Mothers of Invention, The Eagles, Talk Talk, and more. Whether you’re looking at guitarrones for more traditional purposes or to add a unique boom to your music, Reverb had the guitarron for you.

What is a guitarron?

A guitarron is a six-stringed instrument known for its low sound and is large, deep-bodied size. It’s most famous for its use in mariachi music. It is a fretless instrument that’s usually played by playing two notes at once (typically octaves) in a walking pattern that outlines the chord structure of the song.

Is a guitarron a guitar?

Although it looks like a guitar and has the same number of strings, a guitarron is not a guitar. In fact, they weren’t even derived from the same instrument. Rather, the guitarron history is from the Spanish bajo de uña.

How many strings does a guitarron have?

A guitarron has six strings. Guitarron strings are heavier than guitar strings and are more similar to bass strings. The most common guitarron tuning is A1-D2-G2-C3-E2-A2.

How is the guitarron played?

The guitarron is played by being plucked with the fingernails. Typically, two strings are plucked at a time with the right hand, while the left hand presses the strings in a walking bassline pattern.

Where is the guitarron from?

The guitarron is traditionally from Mexico, though it was derived from a Spanish instrument.

How much does a guitarron cost?

Commercially-made guitarrones range in cost from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the brand, construction quality, materials use, and, in some cases, the collectibility of the instrument.

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