guitar-shaped string instrument from 15th and 16th century Spain, Portugal and Italy, usually with five or six doubled strings

Vihuela is a name given to two different guitar-like string instruments: one from 16th century Spain, usually with 12 paired strings, and the other, the Mexican vihuela, from 20th century Mexico with five strings and typically played in Mariachi bands.

20th century Mexican vihuela.

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