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A very early bouzouki
This bouzouki was delivered to me earlier this week needing a bit of an MOT. This one dates from 1987, so one of the very early instruments I built. As you can see it looks very different from the bouzoukis I make these days.
Actually when I had a closer look at it, it needed very little work. It had had a refret about 10 or 12 years ago and there was very little wear. So a tweak on the truss rod, a quick fret polish, a bit of work on the saddle and nut and a new set of strings and it was away to go. And it sounded really good too, very mellow but still with plenty of punch.
An Electric Solid Body Bouzouki
Earlier this year I built this Solid Body Electric bouzouki for a customer. He particularly wanted an SG shape body rather than the more standard teardrop shape. I think that it’s worked out really well. It has a Maple through neck with a Maple body and a beautiful Flame Malple top. Pickups are Seymour Duncan Hot Rails which just sound amazing -
Steve Byrne’s Bouzouki
Steve got in touch recently to ask if he could send his bouzouki down for a long overdue MOT. I remember when he dropped in to see me at the workshop almost exactly 10 yeas ago when he was touring with Malinky. At the time I was building a bouzouki for a client in Spain. When the instrument was very nearly finished, he changed his mind about the width of the fingerboard, so I had to put that instrument aside and start a new one ! So when Steve got in touch about a bouzouki I mentioned that I had this one that was looking for a new home. Well, it all turned out very well and the bouzouki seemed to suit Steve very well, and ten years on it is still going very well. Steve is still delighted with the instrument and after a quick service I sent it back up to Scotland yesterday.
Well, our big news is that we’ve moved.