National Guitar Festival in Paracho 2012
The XXXIX National Guitar Festival will be held at Paracho, August 4th through 12th, 2012. Among other activities, this year´s festival will hold a special luthier’s contest called “Grandes Maestros” only for winners in the previous concert guitar´s makers editions.
Paracho de Verduzco in Michoacan, is a small town located about half an hour north of Uruapan on Highway 37. It has a population of about 15965 (according to the GeoNames geographical database). Paracho is well-known throughout both Mexico and elsewhere in the world as hub lutherie. This is because they are reputed to make the best sounding guitars and vihuelas in all of Mexico since the 19th century.
The whole town is involved in the guitar industry, there are small factories and storefronts dedicated to the production of guitars and or guitar parts in all streets. Many of the stores and workshops allow visitors to watch the guitar-making process directly. Some instruments that can be found in Paracho are: 10-string mandolins, armadillo-backed guitars (concheros), harps, cellos, rock guitars, mandolins, acoustic bass guitars, as well as regular classical guitars, bajo sextos, vihuelas guitarrons and many others.
Paracho has plenty of guitars to choose from, from the remarkable bargain to the finest work of art from award-winning masters. Lauded as producing the best acoustic sound anywhere, fine crafted Paracho guitars often require a several month wait to acquire. Taking as long as 70 hours of work to create by hand, a single luthier will usually make no more than 30 or 40 guitars a year
This year festival will include concerts, regional dance presentations, exhibits. art crafts tianguis and, sports & popular events. There will be 3 contests: popular toy, guitar performing and guitar´s making.