Sunday, May 13, 2012

Casa Cardiel Bajo Quinto

   Ever heard of the bajo quinto? Chances are,if you don't live in the American
Southwest or in Mexico,you have no idea what what I'm talking about. The bajo quinto is a rhythm instrument used in Tex-Mex and Norteno music.It's a ten string instrument,in five double courses. It's pitch is low,similar to an octave under the guitar. It's tuned in fourths,A,D,G,C,F, low to high. Growing up in New York, I never saw one,but they're very common here in Arizona. Also common is the bajo sexto,the twelve string,six course big brother of the family. The bajo sexto adds a low E strings. Beautiful inlay work and fancy pickguards are par for the course on a bajo. I thought you might get a kick out of seeing one of the recent examples that came through the shop. It's made by Casa Cardiel in Paracho,Mexico.

Loop end strings are traditional,as is the nickel/steel string. Phosphor or 80/20 bronze aren't common.

Magnetic sound hole pickups are most common. This one came in to have a Fishman installed.

The elongated neck is also common on many styles of bajo quintos and sextos.

Binding mixed with elaborate purfling is a popular style as well.

Abalone inlay inside AND outside the rosette? Yep.

Here's another view of the headstock area.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's a really nice one! I'm actually looking for a bajo quinto would u have one that's decent and affordable? I'm Eddie by the way from Florida.