Type: Chordophones > Lutes > Guitarillos > Tres.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6
Tuning: Ee / Aa / Dd / Gg / B / E
Inventor: Compay Segundo in 1924.
Region: Central America & Caribbean.
Description: The armónico, also known as trilina is a small guitar like instrument around the same size, shape and sound of the Tres. Although it has been modified to having 8 strings 4 courses in total. Allowing the musician to have the maximum in possibilities for both the Tres and Guitar.
The Tuning: Starting from the lowest-pitched, the first three strings the E / A and D tunings are tuned an octave higher than the equivalent strings on a guitar with standard tuning. The fourth string, G is doubled also an octave higher than the standard guitar. Therefore, the bottom E string is only one octave lower than the top E string on the armónico, instead of two octaves lower on the guitar