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Handmade Stringed Instruments for Traditional Music

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Hand Made Bouzoukis

The Bouzouki, also sometimes called the Irish Bouzouki is available in a number of variations. I build the instrument with two different sizes of body that best suit the needs of today’s musician. Both the Standard Bouzouki and the Large Body Bouzouki have a scale length of 65cm as standard and are usually tuned GDAD or GDAE.

The Standard Bouzouki has a great sound with the characteristic Bouzouki top end and clarity. The deeper body accentuates the bass end and gives the tone a full richness with excellent projection and sustain.

The Large Body Bouzouki is probably the most popular model of instrument I make and gives an extra dimension to the sound. The top end retains its clarity and definition, the middle and bass have added depth and power while the projection and sustain of the instrument is superb. I also make a 10 string version which allows for an extra pair of strings which can be tuned to a low D. This extra course gives the instrument a really rich and deep tone.

A popular variation of the Bouzouki is the Octave Mandola, also called the Octave Mandolin. This instrument has a slightly shorter scale length at 58cm, and therefore has a slightly shorter stretch for the left hand. And also the Tenor Mandola, with a scale length of 50cm, is great for melody playing.

Standard Bouzouki - Scale length 65cm
Octave Mandola - Scale length 58cm
Tenor Mandola - Scale length 48 - 50cm
Large Body Bouzouki - Scale length 65cm
Large Body Octave Mandolin - Scale length 58cm
10 string Large Body Bouzouki - Scale length 65cm

Standard specification:
Top - European spruce
Back and sides - Indian rosewood
Neck - Brazilian mahogany
Fingerboard - ebony
Bridge – ebony
Saddle & nut - bone
Machine heads - gold-plated Gotoh
Tailpiece - solid brass
Adjustable truss rod

Standard Body Bouzouki - £2460.00
Ocatve and Tenor Mandola - £2460.00
Large Body Bouzouki - £2580.00

Standard Bouzouki and Large Body Bouzouki