Bouzouki photo by JOtwell

Instrumental Musings…BOUZOUKI by BARDSONG

Bouzouki photo by JOtwell
Bouzouki photo by JOtwell

BOUZOUKI by BARDSONG

I designed this unique instrument, incorporating various Celtic motifs, and it was beautifully constructed by the luthiers of Bardsong. They allowed me to hand-pick the fine exotic woods from their on-site inventory, and they worked from my scale drawings.

The instrument is strung in three double courses: octave low D, octave A and octave high D, which gives it a range similar to a 12-string guitar, but with the open-fifth tuning, sitar effects are possible, in addition to the traditional bouzouki voicings.

It has full electronic capability, with two piezo pickups, and outboard tone and volume controls.

To accommodate the low D course, the neck measures 27″ from nut to bridge.

The pewter headstock escutcheon of Celtic design was a gift from noted Irish traditional singer Elizabeth Reed, after I produced one of her albums: Go raibh maithe agat, Eilis!

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