Lutherie in Mexico: Adapting to Change
The history of stringed instrument making in Mexico is one of adaptability and innovation. Pablo Alfaro and Jaime G. González show how European arts and crafts were rapidly adopted by the indigenous people, and how the 20th century saw more creativity than ever
Stringed instruments have played a part in Mexican music and culture almost since the coming of the Europeans to the American continent. While the guitar might be seen as the quintessential stringed vehicle for Mexican music, violin-family instruments, and their derivatives, have had a huge role to play in the development of the country’s religious and secular activities, with all kinds of variations on the standard forms playing their part in the many different cultures of the nation.