Building Mariachi Guitar - Mariachera Guitars GM1 & GM2





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Published on Aug 27, 2009

Hello All,

Thank you for watching.

Please stay tuned untill the end of the video for a special presentation by Jake Cortez.
( http://jakecortez.com & http://www.myspace.com/jakecortezther... )

The video you are watching is probably the last one I will be posting for a while, but who knows... Personal life and My Full time job have been taking up a lot of my time over the past year and a half and I have not had time to post videos or to work on instruments for that matter. I would like to thank you all for viewing and commenting on my videos, all comments, positive and negative are always welcome. As you may have noticed, I have taken down all my other videos. The reason for this is that I will be editing all of them to exclude my email address. I have been overwhelmed with emails asking about my instrument work. While I do not mind recieving the questions and answering them as time permits, going forward I prefer that everyone just send me a YouTube message, this way my email inbox is not flooded with messages. I will answer all questions as I am able to get to them.

Now, as for the Video:

What you are looking at are 2 guitars especialy made for playing Mariachi Music. Although, they can be use for any other style. The special design allows for a rounder / louder sound for playing live performances with out any sort of amplification. In addition to that other features include: a raised string heigth from the sound board and a thicker fretboard. This allows for more room for struming "Golpe" Style as is done in traditional Mariachi Music. While Clasical guitars can be used for mariachi, they do not provide the sound and comfort for the style of playing. You will also notice that these guitars only have 14 frets. This allows for a shorter fret board, again allowing for more "Golpe" room. "Golpe" meaning Hitting, is a style of playing rythem guitar and is usualy more agresive than typical guitar playing. Also, to help eliminate strings vibrating against each other, the strings are spaced further apart than on your typical guitar.

The Mateirials used for these builds are as follows:
Neck: Mahogany
Back / Sides / head plate: Walnut
Top: Sitka Spruce
Fret board: Macassar Ebony on one and Black Ebony on the othe
Bridge: Macassar Ebony
Binding: Silver Oak (aka European Sycamore) on one and Quilted Bubbinga on the other
Tuners : Black Ebony
Purfling & Rosette : Pyrographed Designs using a soldering gun
Top Bracing: Sitka Spruce
Back Bracing: Solid Oak

Hope you enjoy the video...


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