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    Default Is this an ukulele?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JODaYjDyjyQ

    In her 3rd song (which starts at around the 10:30 minute mark but you should totally listen to the whole thing anyway) she is playing a little four string that I think is a uke but I don't know much about the guitar variations in Mexico.

    thanks!

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    Apparently not, I did a little search, and found this article.
    It's a cuatro, according to the link.

    https://tucuatro.com/the-cuatro-vs-the-ukulele/

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    I think I see a cuatro, or maybe a tiple, being played behind her.
    What Natalia is playing could be an ukulele, it appears to have nylon strings. And it sounds it when she strums it.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald_G View Post
    Apparently not, I did a little search, and found this article.
    It's a cuatro, according to the link.

    https://tucuatro.com/the-cuatro-vs-the-ukulele/
    Aha! Thank you. Now I am interested in this instrument!
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Interesting! I think cordoba makes/made a uke that could double as a cuatro with the right strings. I bet that is what it is, thanks!

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    The article I linked say "Natalia Lafourcade playing a Roble Maria woods Cuatro made by a professional luthier on this NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert."
    I don't see any information on who the luthier might be with a quick search. Might take some digging to find out.

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    Yes, I read it and appreciated it! I also realize my comment may have read that I thought cordoba made *her* cuatro, or that there was some question about whether it was a cuatro. I got it. Just very unfocused and not communicating well right now.

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    Cuatros vary from country to country. I played one once for a few minutes a few years back. A group called Surcari played a concert at the school I retired from. The leader of the group is from Puerto Rico so I suspect the cuatro she used was from Puerto Rico. It was larger than a tenor but not as large as a baritone.

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    The guy in the beard and pony tail is playing a charango.
    I am the best ukulele player on my block!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Cuartro = steel string
    Ukulele = nylon string

    Similar to Acoustic Guitar vs Classical Guitar

    Bear in mind that steel strings have a lot more tension so the steel string instrument has to be stronger to deal with the higher tension. So they are not as "easy" to make in a lower cost format.
    The one cuatro I played had nylon strings.

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