The jarana or jarocha is a guitar-shaped fretted stringed instrument, from the southern region of the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Four courses of double strings.. The strings are usually nylon, although they were gut in the past. The body is somewhat narrower in proportion to a guitar; this is due to its direct lineage from the Spanish baroque guitar of the sixteenth century. Sometimes mistaken for a ukulele, the jarana or jarocha comes in at least four sizes, the smallest being the 'mosquito', about the size of a soprano ukulele. Label read "Ceaco en.26.?fo.1836, T.C.Heacdia (logo)"