Name: Huapanguera.
Type: Chordophones > Composite > Lutes > Guitarillos.
Tuning: G / D / B / E.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Veracruz, Mexico.
Region: Latin America.

Description: A Mexican stringed instrument that is very similar to that of a guitar in profile. The Huapanguera compliments the conjunto huasteco ensemble, along with the jarana guitar and violin. Because of its large body and deeper structure. The huapanguera is able provide a much deeper sound compared to a regular acoustic guitar. Here it takes on the role of the bass instrument using a rhythmical strumming technique.

Construction: Its physical construction features a large waisted guitar-like resonating body with a short neck. It normally has 8 to 10 frets which stop at the point where the fingerboard meets the top.

Tuning: The four double coursed strings are tuned to the four bottom notes of the guitar G / D / B / E omitting the E / A and D strings of a standard guitar.


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