The guitar bouzouki is one of my most popular instruments. Most folk order the GZ-HO model. The HO design is based on the old Howe-Orme design. The soundboard is made with an arched “cylinder top” soundboard – the top has a pronounced arch down the centre, to resist the pull of the strings, strengthened further with an X brace.
If you’d like a guitar-bouzouki or a guitar-octave mandolin, and you want the best, get in touch through the contact form at the bottom of the page.
- Forrest O’Connor, USA
- Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) Australia
When it arrived, I had 21 other cittern/bouzouki/octave mandolin instruments, all from famous builders with long waiting lists. Nigel’s GBOM sounded better to me than any of them. Over the course of a few years (and an embarrassing number of hours in side-by-side comparison), I came to the conclusion that the Forster was the only one of them that I needed. The others have all found new homes, and, 6 years after its arrival, I now happily own only one CBOM-family instrument, the one that Nigel built me.
- Andy Marshall, USA
- David Sawtell, England
- Sam Patten, England
- Luc McNally, Scotland
- Xurxo Iglesias, Spain
MaterialSoundboard – mature seasoned European spruce or Western red cedar.
Back and sides – there are many options - mahogany, maple, figured mahogany, wenge, ziricote or figured bubinga.
Neck - New Guinea rosewood, American maple.
Fretboard - fine Sri Lanka ebony or ancient bog oak.
Bridge - rocklite ebano.
HardwareTuners - Gold Gotoh 510.
Frets - hand polished Evo gold frets.
Nut and saddle - hand polished bone.
Dimensionsbody width: 395mm 15 1/2″
body depth: 120mm 4.7″
scale: 24.75″ or custom
nut: 36mm or custom
tuning: GDAE, GDAD, ADAD or similar