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From the Village of Paracho, nestled in the high Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico; 

The finest handmade stringed instruments for Mariachi and Latin Music.

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Classical Guitars

Paracho Elite Guitars are made in the legendary mountain village of Paracho, high in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. Paracho artisans have been perfecting their craft for over 200 years. Many of the Luthiers are fourth and fifth generation musical instrument makers. 

These hand crafted, quality-made guitars are made from fine selected woods. Each guitar has its own unique styling and beautiful inlay craftsmanship. Most importantly, they provide remarkable sound and playability.

SAN BENITO

Paracho elite San Benito

Sanded and shaped in Paracho, the heart of the Mexican guitar industry. This instrument features a handmade 3-⅛ soft cut body, solid cedar top, gold hardware, pearl tuning pegs, tortoise shell binding, a mosaic beadwork rosette, and soft satin finish.

The San Benito is a comfortable player, perfect for any age or skill level. Tell your story through bright sounds of this beautiful classical guitar.

• Thin 3-1/8” body
• Solid Cedar top
• Butterfly Inlaid Rosette
• Cedar back & sides
• Satin finish
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Tortoise shell binding

LIST $279.00

SAN MARCOS

Paracho elite San Marcos

Passionate builders create passionate players. The Paracho Elite tradition continues with the San Marcos classical guitar. The cedar top, sides, and back produce rich overtones that have become a favorite among finger style players.

Other premium features include a traditional 3-⅛ body style, gold hardware, pearl tuning pegs, a mosaic beadwork butterfly inlay rosette, and tortoise shell binding that tightly hugs every curve of this guitar. This classic hourglass body design is lightweight and is easy to play.

• Solid Cedar top
• Butterfly Inlaid Rosette
• Cedar back & sides
• Gloss finish
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Tortoise shell binding

LIST $259.00

EL PASO

Paracho elite El Paso

The El Paso is a single cutaway work of art. When strummed, the El Paso’s big body creates a rich, even sound that will easily fill an entire room. 

The El Paso’s hand crafted abalone inlaid rosette & binding has a truly elegant look. The swirling cedar wood grain on the back & sides are the final touch on this already amazing looking guitar. This is a guitar you’ll share with your family for many years to come.

• Solid Cedar top
• Butterfly Inlaid Rosette
• Cedar back & sides
• Gloss finish
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Tortoise shell binding

LIST $699.00

LLANO

Paracho elite Llano

The Llano’s handmade traditional body style, solid cedar top, mosaic beadwork butterfly inlay rosette, tortoise shell binding, and carved headstock complete the look of this fantastic classical guitar.

Lightweight and easy to play, this is a perfect beginner or intermediate guitar.

The Paracho Elite tradition continues!

• Solid Cedar top
• Butterfly Inlaid Rosette
• Cedar back & sides
• Gloss finish
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Tortoise shell binding

LIST $399.00

Requintos & Mariachi Instruments

Many of the Paracho Elite luthiers are fourth and fifth generation musical instrument makers. These hand crafted, quality guitars are made from some of the finest woods. Most importantly, they produce remarkable sound and are played by recording and performing professionals.

DEL RIO

Paracho elite Del Rio

The Del Rio is the perfect choice for a beginner to intermediate requinto player. The light weight, soft single cutaway, rosewood fretboard & bridge make this requinto a breeze to play. 

The cedar construction and clear gloss finish bring about rich overtones with an abundance of character. Start your Mariachi journey with this requinto.

• Gloss finish
• Solid Cedar top, back & sides
• Multi-colored Inlaid Rosette
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Available in Left Handed

LIST $289.00

GONZALES

Paracho elite Gonzales

The Paracho Elite Gonzales 6 String Requinto has dense mahogany for the back and sides, a solid cedar top and the heft and feel of a pro instrument.

Other premium features include a soft single cutaway, beautiful inlay rosette, full body binding treatments, along with a rosewood bridge and fretboard. The Gonzales has a punchy & balanced tone that’s ready to make music!

• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Mahogany back & sides
• Solid Cedar top
• Gloss finish
• Butterfly Inlaid Rosette

LIST $399.00

In Mexico, the requinto is typically used in a trio romantico, which includes the use of two other guitars along with the requinto. 

The requinto guitar uses nylon strings with a scale length of 530 to 540mm, this is about 18% smaller than a standard guitar scale (650 to 655mm). Requintos made in Mexico typically have a deeper body than a standard guitar (110mm as opposed to 105mm). Requintos are tuned: A2- D3-G3-C4-E4-A4 (1/4 higher than the standard classical guitar).

ZAPATA

Paracho elite Zapata Guitar

The Zapata uses all the right materials, featuring an inlaid abalone rosette and a striped, double-figured binding that curls around its soft single cut body like a rattlesnake.

This requinto is topped with a solid piece of cedar, the sides & back are made of Italian simulated rosewood and fingerboard and bridge have both been hand carved from rosewood.

The Zapata has one of the sweeter sounds in the Paracho Elite instrument line. This requinto will complete your trio.

• Solid Cedar top
• Gloss finish
• Italian-made Simulated Rosewood back & sides
• Ebony & Ivory striped binding
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Abalone inlaid rosette

LIST $649.00

VIHUELA

The Vihuela is a small, deep-bodied rhythm guitar similar to the Guitarron. It provides strumming and double-stringed plucking rhythms and chordal accompaniment to the Mariachi ensemble. 

The Vihuela measures 31” high and 6-1/4” deep. It is available with a “Traditional” nylon tie fingerboard or a brass fretted fingerboard. It is tuned A-D-G-B-E, the A, D and G are tuned one octave above a guitar, giving the instrument a ukulele-like quality.

• Ornate sound hole rosette & binding
• Solid Tacote top
• Clear gloss finish
• Cedar back and sides
• Rosewood fingerboard
• Geared machine heads Specify frets or nylon ties.

LIST $549.00

GUITARRON

The heart beat of Mariachi music because of it’s soulful deep bass tone and humanic energy. The Guitarron (literally “large guitar” in Spanish) is a very large, deep-bodied Mexican 6-string acoustic bass played in Mariachi bands. 

One of the largest guitars in the music world, the 6 string Guitarron is 42” high with a large rounded back that measures 11” deep. It is tuned to A-D-G-C-E-A. The strings are often plucked in pairs to produce octaves.

• Mother of pearl rosette
• Tacote wood top
• Clear gloss finish • Cedar back and sides
• Rosewood fingerboard
• Multiple binding
• Geared machine heads

LIST $1299.00

Bajo Sextos

ALVARADO

Paracho elite alvarado

The Alvarado features dazzling abalone inlay work that consists of small squares carefully butted together, color matched, and polished.

An intricate striped binding and colorful inlay outline every curve of this instrument. The 7 stage rosette combines more abalone inlay work, 4 types of binding, and a mosaic beadwork pattern.

Its classic single cut body is topped with a solid piece of cedar that produces an abundance of rich overtones. The hand formed rosewood bridge & fretboard top off this marvelous bajo sexto.

• Italian-made Simulated Rosewood back & sides
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Ebony & ivory striped binding
• Solid cedar top

LIST $999.00

BELLEZA

Paracho elite Belleza

Passionate musicians start with passionate luthiers. Paracho Elite artisans have been perfecting their craft generations. The Belleza is the embodiment of the spirit of Paracho.

The handmade single cut body, features a solid cedar top, two tone striped binding that curves around the Belleza like a rattlesnake. A satin black finish is accented by an ornately designed pearloid inlay that covers the body and surrounds the mosaic beadwork rosette.

The brilliant look and beautiful sound of the Belleza stands above all other instruments in its class.

• Deluxe ebony & ivory striped double body binding
• Satin ebony finish
• Solid cedar top

LIST $799.00

BRAVO

Paracho elite Bravo

Players of Latin and Mariachi styles of music will recognize the Bravo bajo sexto. The single cut body has been constructed with a solid cedar top, encircled by a double-figured binding, complete with deep brown mahogany back & sides.

A butterfly inlaid Abalone rosette, hand carved rosewood fingerboard & “whale tail” bridge complete the look of this 12 stringed instrument.

The Bravo bajo sexto produces the warmest of tones! (Named the Bravo for a reason)

• Mahogany back & sides
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Ebony & ivory striped binding
• Solid cedar top

LIST $499.00

HIDALGO

Paracho elite hidalgo

The Hidalgo has a thinner body that is in demand by today’s bajo sexto players. A six stage rosette contains three different binding styles along with a mosaic beadwork pattern. The natural cedar top is surrounded by a two tone, double-pattern binding paired with beautifully stained back & sides. 

When strummed, the satin finished, cedar build generates a full range of overtones that will fill an entire room. The hand carved rosewood fretboard & “whale tail” bridge complete this truly magnificent bajo sexto.

• Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
• Ebony & ivory striped binding
• Solid Cedar top
• Cedar back & sides
• Thin 3-1/8” body

LIST $459.00

MORENO

Paracho elite Moreno

The Paracho Elite Moreno bajo sexto has a black as night satin finish, double-figured binding, and signature cutaway. Its solid cedar top, back & sides, rosewood fingerboard & bridge produces an ideal sound for Banda, Corridos, Nortenos and Tex Mex!

• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Ebony & ivory striped binding
• Solid cedar top, back & sides
• Black satin finish

LIST $479.00

PRESIDIO

Paracho elite Presidio

The Presidio bajo sexto features a beautiful 7 stage Abalone-inlaid rosette, double-figured binding and the signature cutaway. The solid cedar top and Italian made simulated rosewood back & sides produce a warm tone that’s ready to make music.

• Rosewood Laminate headstock
• Italian-made Simulated Rosewood back & sides
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Ebony & ivory striped binding
• Solid cedar top

LIST $799.00

VICTORIA

Paracho elite Victoria

Those playing the Latin, Mariachi and South American styles recognize the Victoria. Its single cut body, striped binding, multistage rosette, carved bridge & fretboard create a classic look and amazing sound.

The Victoria’s cedar build emanates a warm, overtone rich sound that fills an entire room. This bajo sexto fits nicely into any ensemble with the tone and clarity only Paracho Elite instruments can deliver.

• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Ebony & ivory striped binding
• Cedar back & sides
• Solid cedar top

LIST $459.00
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Baja Sexto Tuning Guide

Step 1.

Beginning at position 1 (equivalent to the 1st string on a guitar or little E), the first two strings are tuned, in unison, to the note of F. The pitch is equivalent to the F note which is found on the 3rd fret of the 4th string on a guitar.

Step 2. 

At position 2, the next set of strings moving upward, both strings are tuned in unison to the note of C, equivalent to the C found at the 3rd fret of the 5th string on a guitar.

Step 3. 

At position 3, the next two strings are tuned in unison to the note of G, equivalent to the G note found at the 3rd fret of the sixth string of a guitar.

Step 4. 

At position 4, you will find two strings of different size. The smaller string is tuned to the note of D, equivalent to the open 4th string of a guitar, also found on a tuner. The larger string is tuned also to the note of D, one octave lower than the other string, which can be found on a bass tuner or simply tuned by ear, one octave lower than the smaller string.

Step 5. 

At position 5, tune the smaller string to the note of A, equivalent to the open 5th string of a guitar, which is also found on a guitar tuner. The larger string is tuned one octave lower (A) or found on a bass guitar

“I’ve payed lots of money for other bajo’s not near as good as this one!”
-David from Lubbock, Texas

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Bajo Quintos

MORELIA

Paracho elite Morelia

The Paracho Elite Morelia bajo quinto features a brilliant striped binding, pearloid rosette, and with a black as night ebony satin finish. The Morelia sounds as good as it looks.

• Solid Cedar top
• Beautiful ornately designed inlaid pearloid rosette
• Deluxe decorative ebony & Ivory double body binding
• Satin ebony finish

LIST $499.00

ODESSA

Paracho elite Odessa

The Paracho Elite Odessa bajo quinto has a brilliant ebony and ivory striped binding, Native American bead work rosette, rear facing pearl tuning pegs, and a hand carved “whale tail” bridge. The Odessa has full bodied tone with a solid cedar top, cedar back and cedar sides. 

• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Cedar top satin-matte finish
• Poplar back & sides
• Thin 3-1/8” body

LIST $459.00

NOVELLA

Paracho elite Novella

Passionate musicians cannot exist without passionate luthiers. The Paracho Elite artisans have been perfecting their craft generations. The Novella is the embodiment of the spirit of Paracho.

The handmade single cut body, features a solid cedar top, two tone striped binding that curls around the Novella like a rattlesnake. The satin black finish is accented by an ornately designed pearloid inlay that covers the body and surrounds the Native American beadwork rosette.

The Novella will certainly catch the audience’s attention your next gig!

• Solid Cedar top
• Satin ebony finish.
• Deluxe inlaid ebony & ivory double
body binding
• Pearloid inlaid rosette & pearloid
mica top

LIST $749.00

LAREDO

Paracho elite Laredo

The Paracho Elite Laredo bajo quinto has a brilliant striped binding and “whale tail” bridge. The Laredo has full bodied tone with a solid cedar top, cedar back and cedar sides. The dark natural top is paired with stained back and sides while the hi gloss finish allows the wood to sing.

“Great guitar, just what I was looking for. Great sound and good quality! Good for learning and fun to play.” 
-Francisco Suarez

• Cedar top with gloss finish
• Mahogany colored back & sides
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge

LIST $459.00

Tiple, Cuatro, & Tres

SANTIAGO CUATRO

(PUERTO RICAN STYLE)

Paracho elite santiago

The Puerto Rican Cuatro is the national instrument of Puerto Rico. The Cuatro is guitar-like in function, but with a shape closer to that of the violin. The Santiago Cuatro has ten strings in five courses, tuned, in fourths, from low to high B3 B2 • E4 E3 • A3 A3 • D4 D4 • G4 G4 (note that the bottom two pairs are in octaves, while the top three pairs are tuned in unison)

• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Solid Cedar top
• Gloss finish
• Cedar back & sides

LIST $349.00

COLUMBIAN 12 STRING TIPLE

Paracho elite tiple

The 12 string Tiple is associated with the Andean region of Colombia but is also found in other South American countries. The four sets of 3 steel strings are tuned to the same pitches as the treble strings of the guitar, with the middle string of the three lowest sets tuned an octave lower.

• Inlaid sound hole rosette
• Solid Cedar top, back & sides
• Gloss Finish Tuned D-G-B-E
• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Gloss finish: tiple-GL

LIST $349.00

HAVANA TRES

(CUBAN RICAN STYLE)

Paracho elite havanna

The Havana Cuban Tres is strung in 3 pair or 3 sets of 2 strings. The Havana has an elegant soft shoulder cutaway, decorative rosette, and a clear gloss finish.

• Rosewood fingerboard & bridge
• Solid Cedar top, back & sides
• Gloss finish

LIST $299.00
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