In the video below, you will find my demo (last model) and the flyhippy video (first model):
When making this instrument, I intended to give the guitar-players the ability to play the dulcimer without having to change fingering (the dulcimer is played like a keyboard instrument). You can make lots of chords but the main principle is quite simple: you got 6 notes and only 2 musical notes. For example: CGCGC (the last string is doubled for the melodies, the others are drones). It’s all made of solid wood which is selected: the soundboard is made of spruce, the back is made of walnut wood, the tuning machines are guitar ones, the fingerboard is made of stained maple, there are 23 frets with a fingerboard inlay that is similar to the one you put on a guitar, the nut and the bridge are made of ebony. There is a strap button. There are folk guitar strings: it’s available in EA, AD, DG (please make your choise when placing an order). It is matt varnished.
Ci-dessous, les modèles d’épinettes de l’atelier, qui évoluent au fur et à mesure des années…
12-string guitar, 650 mm scale: playing slide with 5 strings, double chanterelle, 6 sympathetic strings. The soundboard is made of spruce, alder monoxyl, the back is made of apple-tree wood, and there’s a piezo mic.
11-string guitar: 6 playing strings + 5 bass strings. 650 mm scale for the guitar and 790 mm scale for the bass. The soundboard is made of spruce, the back and the sides are made of cherry-tree wood, Piezo mic with 3 cells (strings and percussion), die cast guitar tuning machines.
In the video you can see the citols or moorish guitars, or saracen guitars that I make. They are all made of solid wood, these are instruments that I draw, this one is made of plane-tree as for the back and the sides, and spruce for the soundboard. I’m gonna show you two models, one that is mostly played plucked, this one, and a model that can be plucked, or played with a bow as well. All the models have frets, diatonic or chromatic frets.
You can see below the “petit saz tenor”, new citol model, 3-string or 4-string version (tuning GDG, double high string) the soundboard is made of spruce, the back is made of lime-tree wood, lime monoxyl, the neck is made or fretted elm, and there’s a piezo mic.
You can see below the first model of citol, moorish guitar or saracen guitar, the soundboard is made of walnut wood.
Le modèle évoluera ensuite en “petit saz ténor”. Puis viendra la version maurache basse…
The fact that many people love the ukulele and curiosity both finally made me make this instrument on which I added a very personal touch… The scale length is 410 mm, it’s all made of solid wood: the back is made of walnut wood, cherry-tree wood, cypress, ash tree or mahogany, the soundboard is made of spruce or hard wood (to get more medium sounding), the neck is made of walnut wood or maple, the fingerboard are made of rosewood (there are 22 frets).
In the video below, you will find a small demo and an introducing to this instrument:
This is a special instrument. Here it is, it’s quite special, a customer ordered it, it’s a reverted uke with 2 necks. So you can play on each side of it. And there are a few pictures of this special order below…