The man who defined the modern bajo sexto was the great Mexican American luthier Martin Macias from San Antonio, Texas, whose instruments are much sought after by bajo players today. The Macias family is still going strong with George Macias now following in the footsteps of his grandfather Martin and his father Albert.
At the start of this project, I didn’t know much about the bajo sexto and I wanted to get my hands on an old Macias to see how they were made. My friend Steve James, one of the finest proponents and practitioners of American fingerstyle guitar, knew Don Martin Macias in San Antonio, used to hang out at the shop and has acquired a couple Macias instruments over the years. Steve graciously loaned me a late 1950’s bajo quinto to use as a reference. (A bajo quinto is bascially a 10-string version of a bajo sexto.)