A nine-string Cuban guitar; a mainstay of guajiro music and of the Afro-Cuban septetos. The tres was established as an important part of the Cuban conjunto by Arsenio Rodriguez, himself a fine player. The instrument came into New York salsa during the Cuban típico revival of the late 1960's and early 1970s.
Instrument. (spanish: three) Cuban guitar with three pairs of strings (kr)
a musical instrument adapted from classical Spanish guitar; also referred to as a triple, which has three pairs of strings;
A smaller derivative of the Spanish guitar with either three sets of two strings or sometimes three sets of three strings. It is a key instrument and signature sound of the Changui and Son style.
A Cuban stringed instrument derived from the Spanish guitar, consisting of three doble strings and played with a pick. The tres is the signature instrument of the Cuban son.
The Tres is a 3-course, 6-string chordophone which was created in Cuba. A later adaptation, the Puerto Rican tres, is a 3-course, 9-string instrument.