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Since 1925

Macias Bajo Sextos, contact George Macias at (210) 923-7529

            

          1223 Vermont Street, San Antonio, Texas 78211
          

Macias Bajo Sextos -Tres Generaciones

"Macias is considered to be the instrument's equivalent to a Stradivarius violin"

        
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The history of the Bajo Sexto is not exactly clear, but by some historian's account, the instrument was first brought to Mexico by the Spaniards. Others say it evolved from the 12-string guitar, emerging 
sometime late in the 19th century as native to the bajio region of Jalisco, Mexico.

In the early development of conjunto music, the Bajo was used mainly as a bass instrument in conjunction with the bass chord elements of the accordion. But later, with the addition of bass and drums in modern conjunto groups, the Bajo players were free to expand on its primary use as a rhythm instrument and played as a solo, melody-line instrument. The first to do so was Santiago Almeida who played withthe pioneer accordionist Narcisco Martinez in the early 1900s.

The Steel -stringed Bajo is tuned an octave below a standard guitar, and the last two strings are tuned up a half-step: E, A, D, G, C, F, low to high, with each course tuned in octaves. This gives it a rich tone and a loud, resonant quality.

Don Martin Macias' name is synonymous with the Bajo Sexto.  He was a master craftsman who specialized in hand-made Bajo Sextos and guitars. While there are many Bajo makers, a Macias is considered to be the instrument's equivalent to a Stradivarius violin. For more than 60 years, Martin Macias dedicated his life to the making of stringed instruments. He died in 1983 shortly after being inducted into the Conjunto Hall of Fame. Martin Macias started his guitar shop in 1925 in San San Antonio, Texas.

According to Alberto Macias, his father learned his trade from a master guitar-maker from Spain, Don Camerino Villagomez, when he was a young man in Michoacan, Mexico. Mr. Villagomez was getting old and he wanted to pass his profession on to someone who would be dedicated and who would love guitar making like he did. Alberto Macias says of the legacy, "my father passed on the gift to me." (Ron Young)
        
Don Martin Macias circa 1930
        

The Tradition Continues

Today, George carries the tradition of Macias forward. As his father and grandfather before him, George continues to make bajos behind a converted garage that Martin made 70 years ago. His father Alberto began working full-time with his father Martin in 1971, and eventually took over the shop when his father passed away in 1983. In 2004, George who has been helping at the shop since he was a young boy, left his regular job to assist his father with the bajos as a full-time profession. George took over the family business in 2009 after the passing of his father Alberto.

On bajos -It takes 6 to 8 months to make a Macias bajo. As it stands, they have more orders than they can handle. According to Alberto in an interview before he passed, only wood parts are used -- no nails or screws. Only glue and fine-chiseled wood pieces. All are fashioned from patterns originally made by Martin. The whole instrument gleams with varnish. "I never use stains on my guitars like they do in factories," Alberto states. "Why would you want to ruin the real thing?" Alberto adds that his father (Martin) did not want his instruments to look like any others. He tried to break tradition because he wanted to be known "for his unique look." (Ron Young)

For more information on Macias Bajo Sextos, contact George Macias at (210) 923-7529. 1223 Vermont Street, San Antonio, Texas 78211.  Email address:  Maciasbajos@yahoo.com

Buyers Beware 

Macias Bajo Sextos have been made by the Macias family in San Antonio, Texas since the 1920s. If for any reason you are told 
that these bajos are made in another city other than San Antonio, it 
is not a Macias Bajo Sexto. Beware of fake bajos made that are using 
our family name. If you have any issues, contact us and we can determine 
if your bajo is a Macias or a fake.

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It was a great pleasure to be with Los Tigres Del Norte yesterday in Richmond, VA. Here is Eduardo Hernandez with his Macias Bajo Sexto. Eduardo was telling me that they have been using Macias for many many years and that he knew Martin Macias as well as the rest of the Macias family. This is the first time I asked Eduardo questions pertaining to the bajo sexto.  I was amazed how much respect and admiration they have towards the Macias brand.

Macias Bajo Sexto

Raul Hernandez was one of the founding members of Los Tigres. Later he started his own successful music career. It was a real treat to see him perform with his brothers on stage. He also plays a Macias bajo (with a Macias in this pic). He was telling me that he also has a full body Martin Macias. Notice how both put tape on the low notes. They don't use these strings and the tape is to minimize the vibration.

 


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[DougSahm_11]
The late Doug Sahm with a Macias bajo sexto -- Austin City Limits.
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Los Lobos - David Hidalgo (Hohner accordion) Steve Berlin, Conrad Lozano, Cesar Rosas (Martin Macias Bajo) and Louie Perez. Pic from the Hohner archives
 
Grammy Award winning Los Tex-Maniacs Max Baca and David Farias.
Max uses an Alberto Macias Bajo Sexto
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Oscar Tellez, Flaco Jimenez, and Peter Rowan. Oscar with a Macias bajo sexto

 


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Can't wait to get mine sometime after April.
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Thanks Gilbert for posting those wonderful pics. I really like the black and whites.

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hey which bajosexto is better: a Macias or a Reyes Bajosexto
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I heard the reyes is very similar to a macias... I never tried a macias but i do love my reyes bajo sexto....
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Reyes is the most look a like to Macias bajo i am play the 2 bajos is almost same bajo but Macias is Macias.

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tengo la suerte de tener un macias 48 un 68 de don martin y uno del 2000 de albert ojala el sr george me kiera hacer uno para tener el honor de contar con la trilogia mis respetos para estos instrumentos tan increibles!!!!!
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Hola, yo tengo un Reyes Bajo y no lo cambio por nada.
He tocado un Macias y el sonido es muy parecido, aunque debo reconocer que el macias a mi gusto es mejor, los 2 tienen un sonido clasico, excelente para ejecutarse en acustico y con el tiempo que tienen de vida pues han cobrado mejor sonido y que decir de la tradicion que representan, porque ya no se puede conseguir uno tan facilmente.

Hay lauderos que en la actualidad fabrican muy buenos instrumentos, con el tiempo se daran a conocer si consiguen colocarse como los grandes maestros Martin Macias y Guadalupe Reyes.

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Best bajo's that are around my opinion.....here are some of my macias and george has one that he is repairing  and the new one he is making for me....

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I wrote to George Macias a couple of times at the maciasbajos@yahoo.com address above, but never got a reply, even after a couple months went by. Is he doing alright? Is he just that busy?

Is it better to call him on the phone?

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Jason
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It would be better to call him. He is busy but he almost always answers his phone. Long wait but it will be the best bajo you will ever own.
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Thanks for the quick reply ... Sounds great =) I have heard Vargas play a lot on youtube and it makes me drool.

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I Heard Macias Are A Good Brand Of Bajos.....

i want to try one aver k onda

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