With the polish on David’s mandolin being left to harden, work has
started in earnest on Adrian’s bouzouki. This will be Adrian’s 3rd
instrument; someone coming back for another instrument is, to me, the finest
compliment that I could have. In fact looking at my current waiting list, out
of the next ten instruments, five are for returning clients; for which Amanda
and I am extremely grateful.
The neck blank is pretty much complete. As the neck will be
long and slender (660mm scale length with 17 frets clear of the body!) I decided
to make it from maple- it’s laminated with black and mahogany lines; this will
complement Adrian’s other two instruments. Carbon fibre also adds stiffness
and additionally there is a dual action truss-rod.
The back and sides are Indian rosewood. Back in the late 1970’s
when I was at the London College of Furniture, four of us, Bill, Maz, Walter
and myself, decided to buy some rosewood- not so easy in those days. Off we went to an importer’s yard
somewhere near the docks- this was when London Docklands was synonymous with
ships and the import and export of actual physical goods and not banking and electronic
trading ! We bought a number of huge boards and struggled back to college on
the tube. After a gift of a bottle of whiskey to one of the technicians we
managed to get our wood re-sawn into usable sized pieces! Well then, this
rosewood back and sides is my last remaining set!
Labels: Celtic Bouzouki, Handmade, Irish Bouzouki, Luthier, Zouk