There are so many variations on the Irish bouzouki/cittern/octave mandolin/mandola design. Flat top, cylinder top or carved top? 8 string or 10 string? How about a 12 string? What about the scale – long or short- or somewhere in between? Tunings? (D) GDAE, (D) GDAD, (D) ADAD or similar.
If you’d like an Irish bouzouki, a cittern or an octave mandolin, and you want the best, get in touch through the contact form at the bottom of the page.
- John D Ryan, Ireland
The look and tone are deliciously balanced and clear throughout acoustically. Also with the K&K system he beautifully installed for amplification, there’s an astounding wide dynamic range with a gorgeous tone leaping through all my electronics here, and it’s absolutely breathtaking! More so than any other instrument I’ve ever played plugged into all of that! It radiates tone! Yes! So for me I found a new soulmate with this instrument! Thanks Nigel, I’m very happy!
Sterart Daniels - USA
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 or American maple.
Fretboard - fine Sri Lanka ebony or ancient bog oak.
Bridge - ebony, rocklite ebano or maple.
HardwareTuners - Gold Gotoh 510.
Frets - hand polished Evo gold frets.
Nut and saddle - hand polished bone.
Tailpiece - polished, lacquered brass.
Dimensionsbody width -390mm (15 3/8”)
body length - 450mm (17 3/4”)
body depth - 95mm (3 3/4”)
nut - 8st 36mm (11 3/32”) 10st 40mm (11 9/32”) or custom
scale length -
bouzouki 650mm (25 5/8”)
tuning – (D)GDAE or similar
cittern/octave mandolin 585mm (23 1/16”)
tuning – (D)GDAE or similar or high tuning – (G)DADA
mandola 515mm (20 1/4”)
tuning – (G)CGDA or similar