Coco is an exciting Disney/Pixar animation that looks at the traditions of the World of the Dead, a young boy’s desire to become a professional musician in spite of his family’s view, and the strength of unconditional love. The film is a tribute to Mexican customs and traditions and it’s narrated from the point of Miguel, the young lad who ends up in the World of the Dead.
Coco follows Miguel as he accidentally enters this world and discovers his family’s hidden history. At the intro of Coco film, Miguel comes across a picture that makes him believe that Ernesto de la Cruz, a deceased famous musician, is his great-great-grandpa.
While in the World of the Dead, Miguel seeks the help of Hector, a woebegone man, to help him look for Ernesto. About 2/3 of the way through the film, the plot takes an unexpected twist when Miguel discovers that Hector is actually his great-great-grandpa, not Ernesto.
Coco Guitar’s Single Gold Tooth Connection
If you follow the film, you will discover that Miguel enters this world while trying to “take” Ernesto’s guitar. And if you pay close attention to every detail in the film, you will discover something interesting that could make you predict the twist: both Ernesto’s guitar and Hector have a gold tooth.
Throughout the first scene of the film, we see Ernesto’s guitar a couple of times. The headstock of this guitar is decorated to resemble a skull and has a single gold tooth. In fact, this is true for Ernesto’s original guitar and the one Miguel refurbishes. We even see Miguel coloring one tooth of his replica guitar to make it gold.
When Hector first appears, his all smile nature betrays this hidden connection. He has a gold tooth, just like the one on Ernesto’s guitar (which in reality belongs to Hector).
We eventually come to learn that Ernesto killed (poisoned) Hector, his musical collaborator, and friend. Ernesto then took his musical collaborator songbook and guitar and launched his own fruitful musical career.
The photograph Miguel saw at the beginning of the film showing his great-great-grandpa holding Ernesto’s guitar was, in fact, a photo of Hector. His great-great-grandma had “torn” Hector’s head off the photo after he “left” his family forever. However, after unintentionally breaking the frame, Miguel finds a part of the image that had been well-folded (hidden), out of sight.
The Director’s Son Designed Coco Guitar
In the film, Miguel renovates an old guitar by fixing it up and coloring it to look just like Ernesto’s famous signature guitar. However, the film writers new that if a grown-up artist designed the replica guitar, it wouldn’t appear authentic. That’s why the recycled guitar was designed by director Lee Unkrich son.
Coco Guitar: A Six String, Each With a Unique Pitch
Just like most guitars, Coco guitar has 6 strings. From the film, you can easily see that every string has its unique thickness. Beginning from the thinnest one, the strings are called 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The strings are also numbered as E, B, G, D, A, and E.
String 1 and 2 are known as plain strings and are unwound or bare steel strings. Strings 3, 4, 5, and 6 are wound with metal. The strings are labeled from below while holding your guitar.
Thicker String Produces Higher Pitch
From Coco film, you will notice that the guitarists play a higher pitch when they move from up to down (thicker to thinner strings). As the strings shortness, the pitch increases. All the guitars are designed this way so that their pitch can raise a semitone every time the point the string is held at changes.
The metallic parts seen on Coco guitar are known as frets. Guitarists use the left hand to press the strings down in the openings between the frets. Guitars come with a total of twenty frets for twenty semitones. That means that, for example, string 6 can play from low E to C on the 2nd weak (octave).
With that said, the strings are hard to press near the sound hole, hence not often used.
Remembering the 6 Strings
You might be wondering how you can remember all the six strings of Coco guitar, and that was also my problem when I began to learn about guitars. Eventually, I came across a silly saying that has helped me since then: “Eat All Day, Go to Bed Early”.
I am sure this sounds amazing to you because it is, but you can come up with an acronym to help you out and don’t forget to share with others. Also, notice that string 1 and 6 are both E, so you only need to remember four strings now.
Parts of Coco Acoustic Guitar and Their Work
You might know Ernesto’s famous guitar by its appearance. But can you explain what every part of this guitar does?
Let’s face it. Coco guitar is the coolest guitar ever. Sure, all the guitars are cool. But there is something about Ernesto’s guitar that shouts suave. That’s why we want to look at it major parts, also parts of an acoustic guitar.
The Head Stock
Coco guitar’s head is rectangular. It holds the turning keys of the guitar. The strings of this guitar wind around the pegheads – the golden, button-like objects on the guitar. They keep the strings tight and in tack so that when the Ernesto move the pegheads, tuning is done.
Without a head, a guitar is useless. For beginners, hitting and bumping the head against walls and other items is quite common. In addition, the head often carries the manufacturer’s logo.
Tuning keys are also called pegheads, tuning machines or machine heads. These little items bring energetic life to the sound of coco guitar. The key is the objects that are protruding out of Ernesto’s guitar and also hold the 6 strings to the headstock.
If you loosen or tighten the tuning machines on a guitar, you can change the sound of a specific string. However, tuning a guitar might be hard, especially if you are a beginner because your eyes might deceive you. Again, if you tighten the strings too much, they might break.
Why it is called a nut I cannot explain. The nut doesn’t look like a nut at all. The nut of coco guitar is just below the headstock. It plays a significant role in placing all the strings. The nut features vertical grooves on its surface that keep the strings in place.
Although the strings attach to the pegheads, your guitar still needs a nut to hold them in place when you play them. This is to ensure that they vibrate in a controlled and tight manner.
You might not even notice that Ernesto’s guitar has the nut because of its subtle and slim nature.
The Fret Board
Most people assume that the fretboard is also the neck. However, it is not. The Ernesto’s guitar fretboard is the long wooden section of the guitar that holds the frets and strings.
The purpose of this board is to facilitate placement of fingers on the 6 strings so that the guitarist can play. The frets of Coco guitar are also on the board (we looked them above).
Since we have mentioned the neck, it is only logical we look at it. As seen from Coco guitar, the neck of a guitar is simply the part that holds the headstock, strings, and fretboard.
The neck is different from the fretboard since it holds this board and other parts.
The Position Markers
These are the little dots seen on Ernesto’s guitar fretboard. On the contrary to Coco guitar which appears in a straight line, these dots appear in between frets. They enable the player to know what fret they are playing at.
The position markers are also called inlays. They are simply there for reference.
It is curvaceous. It screams sexy. It is coco’s guitar. This is the squashed hourglass shaped part of Ernesto’s guitar that holds a few critical parts of the guitar.
Bodies of a guitar come in different sizes; hence, you should choose a size that fits your need.
The Sound Hole
The sound hole of an acoustic guitar is an important feature. Electric guitars don’t have sound holes unless they can be played as an acoustic guitar as well as electric ones.
The sound hole on Coco guitar provides a single thing: acoustics. It is where the sound reverberates/enters and amplifies the notes/note. It is like a speaker or the mouth.
When playing your guitar, try to play near the sound hole to produce a better and clean sound.
The Pick Guard
The pickguard is a protective layer of material that rests next to the sound hole. This layer shields the Coco’s beautiful guitar surface from scratches.
Pickguards are often made of different plastic materials.
The bridge of Ernesto’s guitar is the final destination of the strings down the acoustic. Here, you can clearly see the saddles, where the strings run over when heading into the string pegs, where they rest.
The bridge is used to hold saddle and pegs in place. It is like a beautiful floor mat.
Saddles serve the same purpose as the nut. However, they are located at the bottom of the guitar while the nut is at the top.
The String Pegs
They are also called bridge pins and are similar to tuning keys. They hold the strings into the bridge and keep them locked. The keep the strings in place over the saddle and is the final resting place of the string.
Coco X Cordoba Guitar Collection
In honor of this famous guitar, Disney/Pixar and Cordoba Guitars partnered to provide a line of real Coco inspired guitars. The Coco X Cordoba models were designed with the same breathtaking, artistic theme of Ernesto’s guitar.
The collection gives you the opportunity to own a piece of this magic. There are three models that are worth noting.
1. Disney/Pixar Coco X Cordoba Mini Spruce Acoustic Guitar Natural
First in line is the Mini Spruce Acoustic Guitar Natural. This is a smaller sized acoustic guitar that is beautifully done, just like Ernesto’s guitar. The instrument measures 580mm or 22.8 inches scale length, making it perfect for carrying when on the go.
The guitar features mahogany sides and back and a spruce top. Standard E tuning produces a mellow, full sound with a similar volume that is herd from the film’s guitar. The front part of the guitar has an enduring satin gilt and is imprinted with a design stirred by the Mexican traditional features in Coco film.
Softly nylon strings complete the masterpiece. A guitar strap and Cordoba gig bag are provided in the package.
2. Disney/Pixar Coco X Cordoba Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar Natural
Next is the Mini Mahogany Acoustic Guitar Natural. Sized like the Mini Spruce Acoustic Guitar Natural, this piece of work offers most of the features found in Ernesto’s signature guitar but with personalized unique style.
Measuring 580mm or 22.8 inches scale length, it is ideal for traveling around and is built with mahogany sides, front, and back for a general warm feel and look. The guitar has nylon strings, standard E tuning, and a durable sating finish.
These features all come together to produce a well-balanced, great sound that is astonishingly loud for a small sized guitar. The guitar is also attractively etched with designs inspired by Ernesto’s famous guitar and the Mexican custom that is present in the movie.
The guitar comes with a guitar strap and a Cordoba gig bag.
3. Disney/Pixar Coco X Cordoba Acoustic Guitar Natural
Last, but not the least, is the Acoustic Guitar Natural. This guitar provides a 7/8 design that makes it amazingly comfortable to not only hold but also play, even if you are new to the guitar world. With its mahogany sides and back, coco inspired etched details, and eye-catching spruce top, this guitar brings to life all that you loved about the coco film.
Just like the first two guitars, this instrument features soft nylon strings that are perfect for beginners and a lasting satin finish. You will fall in love with the rich, melodic, and clear sounds of this awesome guitar.
What Feature Should You Consider When Buying a Guitar Similar to Coco Guitar?
Shopping for a beautiful acoustic guitar, similar to Ernesto’s famous guitar, can be a daunting task. Guitar producers use a wide collection of hardware, design elements, and woods, so there are a lot of factors and specifications that you should consider.
With that in mind, there are five main areas that you should know before you begin your hunt for the best acoustic guitar.
Before you even think about body style or brand names, you should consider how you intend to use your guitar and how much you wish to spend on it. You might need to spend a fortune to own one of Coco famous guitar.
Skill Level – Advanced or Amateur
If you are an amateur who is looking for a guitar to train on, it might not be a good idea to spend all your savings on a high-end and classic acoustic guitar, just like Ernesto’s guitar. Thanks to the latest technology, there are hundreds of good but low guitars you can choose from.
On the flip side, an advanced guitarist should consider getting a high-quality guitar. This calls for an understanding of how the soundboard affects notes and different tonewoods.
Will you take your guitar out for public events or play with a band? If that’s the case, you should consider getting an acoustic-electric guitar. This type of guitar features a built-in preamplifier and a pickup which enables it to be connected into a sound system or amplifier without affecting its rich, acoustic sound, and facilitating your mobility when playing. When not connect to power, this guitar produces an acoustic sound.
Whether you are playing in public or at home, with a band or solo, upgrading or just starting – ensure that you know what you want from your guitar.
Design and Construction
Once you have understood how an acoustic guitar is built and designed, you will be in a better position to hear and see subtle differences that can help you choose the perfect guitar for your musical career or journey.
Body Styles – Resonance and Comfort
It is vital that you get a guitar that produces the sound you desire and the one that you can play comfortably, whether standing or sitting. The bigger the soundboard, the louder the guitar. While measurements will vary from one maker to the other, some general and most popular guitar body shapes include:
- Concert and grand concert
- Travel and mini-acoustics
- Auditorium and grand auditorium.
Whether you dream of owning Ernesto’s guitar one day or any other type of guitar, it is also good to know what you really want to achieve. With that said, Coco guitar is one of those guitars that will be remembered for long.