Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Region: Central America.
Description: A Bandolón is a musical instrument from Mexico. It is a guitar sized instrument, resembling a flat-back mandolin with 18 strings, arranged in 6 courses, three strings per course, and played with a pick. It is associated with the típica orquestra [typical orchestra] in Mexico, especially the 1884 Orquestra Típica Mexicana [Mexican Typical Orchestra] first organized by Carlo Curti. Pictures such as the 1901 Mexican Typical Orchestra at the Pan American Exposition show another variation, an instrument with 12 strings [one less string per course].
Citations: “DEFINICIÓN DE BANDOLÓN, qué significa bandolón”. lexicoon.org. Retrieved September 16, 2015. Alfabético temática Invicta. p. 863. El Mundo ilustrado, Volume 8, Part 1. June 23, 1901. p. 269. de Olavarría y Ferrari, Enrique 1895. Reseña histórica del teatro en México, Volumes 3-4. La Europea. pp. 408–409.