The six-string acoustic bass to which you refer is known by the name
Guitarron. Below are a few sites where you can order one. :)
Johnson Lucida LG-GR1 Guitarron $318.99
Lucida Guitarron (LG-GR1) $425.00
Guitarrons $700 and $950
La Bella Guitarrone Metal Strings $21.93
Candelas Guitarron Strings $20.00
Cuerdas Selmer para Guitarron $18.50
La Bella Guitarron Strings $25.00
GUITARRON: Brief HISTORY/FACTS
"The guitarron (more accurately guitarrón) or chitarrone is a very
large, deep-bodied Mexican 6-string acoustic bass guitar played in
Mariachi bands. Although obviously similar to the guitar, it is not a
derivative of that instrument, but was independently developed from
the sixteenth-century Spanish Bajo de Uña. It achieves audibility by
its great size, and does not require electric amplification. The
guitarron is fretless, the strings are heavy gauge, and the action is
high, so that quite a bit of left hand strength is required. The
strings are plucked strongly, two strings an octave apart at a time,
which is facilitated by the unusual tuning, A D G c e A.
"Unlikely but true guitarron trivia: the guitarron is played by Roy
Estrada on the 1966 Mothers of Invention album "Freak Out!". Randy
Meisner of The Eagles also plays the guitarron on the track "New Kid
In Town" from the album "Hotel California" (1976). Another American
player using the guitarron in a non-traditional context is Aaron
Goldsmith of the New York-based multicultural acoustic ensemble
Luminescent Orchestrii; he uses a modified guitarron with an elongated
neck that allows him to play more melodically."
Thank you for asking this interesting question. :) As a musician, I
am familiar with the Guitarron, and it does have a wonderful, rich
sound for an acoustic bass.
"six string" OR "6-string" "acoustic bass"
Mariachi OR Mexican "acoustic bass"
guitarron order OR buy