I was just wondering how to tune my guitar to sound like a bajo sexto. I watched a video on YouTube, but it was confusing.

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    Hi Mercedes, welcome to the site :) Which Youtube Video did you watch, and why did you find it confusing? You will get better answers if you show you made some effort towards finding the answer yourself.
    – nivlac
    Apr 1, 2021 at 0:59

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The bajo sexto strings are tuned in pairs, one octave lower than a typical 12-string guitar:1


E1-E2  A1-A2  D2-D3  G2-G2  C3-C3  F3-F3 2

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     octaves               unison

This post is distilled from the Wikipedia page on Bajo sexto tuning.

1 For help tuning a guitar down an octave, see Is it possible to tune guitar down an octave?(or to f#?)

2 For more on scientific pitch notation (E1, F3, etc.), see What do the terms E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 actually mean?

  • Normal 12 string guitars have an octave G, but unison B and E, due to the string tension problem there. Any idea why bajo doesn't have all strings in octaves - no tension problems there?
    – Tim
    Apr 1, 2021 at 6:06
  • @Tim Maybe just to preserve the bass range of the instrument?
    – Aaron
    Apr 1, 2021 at 6:24

Just play with the top 4 strings

  • I'm unclear why using the top 4 strings is the best way to emulate the tuning of a 12-string instrument?
    – DavidW
    Dec 29, 2022 at 19:39

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