Type: Chordophones > Composite > Lutes > Guitarillos.
Tuning: G / D / G / B / E.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Veracruz, Mexico.
Region: Latin America.
Description: A Mexican stringed instrument having 10 strings doubles in a total of five courses. This instrument is very similar to that of a guitar in profile, shape and over-all sound. Although smaller and slightly narrower 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 / G / B / E omitting the E / A and D strings of a standard guitar.