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Hello everyone, this is a reply that I posted in a different section. I just figured it would be better served here in the history section. If someone has something to add, please do.



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Let me add my two cents on this one. I know it's been a while since someone posted something on this thread, but hey someone might still be intereted. About 12 years ago when I was learning to play the bajo. My dad and I took a trip to Gregory, TX to place an order on a new bajo. When we got there and met Mr. Reyes he informed us about the different types of wood and their tonal qualities. We stayed there talking with him over the course of over two hours or so, deciding on what materials to build the bajo out of.

Eventually and we touched on the subject of how he began building Bajo Sextos. He said that when he was in the Navy he worked in the wood shop. One of his buddies was an avid guitar player and asked him if he could try and build him one. Of course he said he could try but he didn't have the slightest clue as to how to even begin the process. Eventually he finished it and he said it was not exactly something he would have been proud to put his name on. But hey, it was playable and provided hours of enjoyment for the crew. Word got out and another sailor requested one and so on; all the while Mr. Reyes was able to take steps in quality, thus increasing his knowledgeand skills.

When he got out of the Navy he  still continued guitar building. The day came when someone asked for a bajo sexto, because bajos at that time were mainly just being built in Mexico and were not readily available in music stores. Mr. Reyes said he did a little research, and began patterning them after a Mexican Bajo maker that someone brought in for repair because he said they were well crafted. The luthier's name escapes me at the moment. Well, as time passed he was receiving more orders for bajo sextos and quintos that for guitars. During this time someone brought in a bajo in need of repairs that originally built by someone in a little guitar and bajo sexto shop in San Antonio, by the name of Martin Macias. Y'all might have heard of him. Well, while repairing this bajo he said he that he liked the way it was designed and constructed and began building his bajos similar Mr. Macias'.

One way to tell them apart is that a Reyes Bajo will normally have a decorative stripe in the headstock (unless the customer doesn't want it). He said that he began adding heavy duty rebarb in the neck area to reinforce it and keep it from bowing like a banana and then switched to hollowed out heavy duty guage square tubing, because the rebarb tended to make his bajos a little heavier. When I ordered my second one from him he said he wasn't making them like the first one he made for me. The last change to his design was to modifiy the first humps closest to the neck by making them a little smaller. He said that he did it for two reasons. First because he felt that it will help make the bajo stronger and two, because he didn't want his bajos to be identical to the Macias design. He said that every guitar/bajo maker should eventually come up with their own ideas/improvements on a good design and leave your own mark. I personally think that he did just that. If anyone has anything else to add please do so. I would like to hear other stories about him.

Mr. Reyes was a great luthier and an even better person. I know the he will be dearly missed.

 


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   Well Saul since you are intrested in Reyes Bajos,let me tell you about a Reyes Bajo I have.I personally use Hernandez Bajos but the only Bajo I have and own besides an Hernandez is a Reyes Bajo -Quinto.Main reason,It belonged to Greg Paredez one of my Idols and mentors on the Bajo-Sexto.It was kind of beat up but Reyes had already passed away and Hernandez could have fixed it for me but I wanted to keep the original,how can I say it,mmm tradition to it,Reyes was similar to Macias and I guess if I took it to Macias it would still look very traditional.So finally I took it to George Macias and he did a great job to it.He revarnished it and put a new fret board and micas on it.I was impressed,he did a great job.This Reyes is very unique and I believe is the only Reyes made out of Padauk.Its a full body with a very thin neck.It is a piece of history I have put away as a memory of a great bajo maker(Reyes) and a great musician like Greg Paredez.oh and by the way Greg has been using already for five years a Jose Hernandez Bajo-Quinto I gave to him as a gift and he just loves that Bajo.At the time Greg bought the Reyes he got it from Reyes for $350 Dllrs man that was cheap.Hope this kind of helped you with some Reyes bajos info and I'll try to post some pics on the Bajo-Sexto section. 
P.S.If you dont know who Greg is he Played and recorded with Tony De La Rosa Bass and vocals for 17 years and currently has his own band Grupo BADD where he plays bajo-sexto and vocals.

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Thanks Saul & Jorge for those very interesting anecdotes.  I'd like to own a Reyes. 

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Thanks for the info Coco


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Here is the pic of the Reyes.

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Saul,

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. The story you mentioned about Mr. Reyes is exactly how Mr. Reyes told it to me in 1995 when I went to order my Bajo Quinto from him.

Truly a fine luthier and person. He will be missed.

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GILBERTS BAJOS
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thanx for the input fellas. anyone else have info or pictures they'd like to add?


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I wish i could get my hands on a reyes bajo.


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WE NEED PICS......


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Check out this post for more pictures of a Reyes Bajo Sexto:
http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/gilbert27/vpost?id=896186


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Hey Nickchain your bajo looks exactly like my suegro's! same yellow varnished micas and everything. He's had his for close to 20 years.


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does anyone know where to buy does yellow micas at ???????????

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Hey Miles, the Micas were originally white but turned yellow over time. However, I bought some cream colored Mica Material at http://www.stewmac.com to put on a Quinto i was restoring to give it that vintage look. Here's a link to the material:
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Pickguards/Pickguard_materials/Cream_Pickguard_Material.html
Check out this thread towards the bottom for a picture of the cream pickguard that I installed on my quinto:
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Mr. Reyes used to varnish the micas & bajo when applying the finish. Over time they tend to turn yellow.


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This is some good reading.  A little history lesson if you will.


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