We are proud to offer the outstanding bajo sextos and quintos from Paracho Elite. Hand-crafted 12-string and 10-string instruments from the mountain village Paracho, Mexico, where dedicated artisans have been honing their skills for more than 200 years. Their deep voice and projection has become a main stay of Latin, Mariachi, and Tex-Mex music. These distinctive sounding and beautiful instruments are hand-made from choice tone woods and material, integrating traditional designs with state of the art quality control, to bring you fine bojo sextos and quintos that deliver excellent sound and tonal quality, handsome looks, and true value in genuine hand-crafted instruments,
We are also pleased to begin offering Oscar Schmidt bajo sextos to complement our Paracho Elite traditional Latin instruments.
A bajo sexto is a lot like a cross between a 12-string guitar and a bass guitar. It has a unique tuning that give it its characteristic sound. The tuning from the lowest to the highest strings is: E - A- D - G - C - F. The strings are doubled and have unique string gages that have evolved over many decades, to the optimum size for the type of music being played on these distinctive instruments. The music is generally a style played in Northeasten Mexico and across the boarder to Texas, where it is sometimes called "Tex-Mex", "Conjunto", or "Musica mexicana-tejana". The bajo quinto has ten strings, and essentially a sexto without the double course of low E strings. This gives the quinto a slightly higher and brighter voice, often heard picking the leads in Mexican music.