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 Post subject: An Irish bouzouki
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:26 pm 
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First name: John
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City: Saint Paul
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Country: usa
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Finished this Irish bouzouki. It's the first time I've built one (have only done guitars to this point). Has a nice sound. I have to do some fine tuning in the set up. It's actually quite loud. Now I just have to learn to play it!

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Walnut back and sides
Figured redwood top
Mahogany/walnut/maple neck
Walnut head plate
Mango rosette
Ebony fretboard
Maple bindings
Walnut/maple/Rosewood bridge
Tru Oil finish


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
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That looks like its a ton of fun to play.

That rosette is pretty impressive.


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
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Beautiful. Love the sound-hole design, and rosette. How deep are the sides?

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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
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Stunning! Nice work John.


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:36 am 
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Thanks guys. Bob, the sides are about 3-1/4". Mostly followed the plan on the Graham Mcdonald book.

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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
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Very nicely done and very classy too! Great job!!!


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:21 pm 
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That is a beautiful instrument. Can you share how you made your rosette?

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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:11 pm 
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Thank you Steve. It started with deciding the size of the sound hole opening. I neede to make sure I could get my hand through to reach the neck bolts. I did a couple of practice hold to find the right size. Then I cut out the mango shamrock with my dremel and StewMac base. Then pinned purfling inside and outside of the mango using ca glue. Then drew the outline on the top and very carefully used the dremel to rout the rebate. All done with a careful eye, creeping up to the line and checking the fit. In one spot I went a little wide so I had to glue some additional purfling and re-rout. After gluing the rosette in I carefully cut the sound hole opening. Very time consuming, but rewarding.


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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
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John, thanks for the explanation. The result looks great.

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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
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It's beautiful. Once you learn to play it post a clip. :)

Thanks for the pics of the rosette making. A lot of miters in there!

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 Post subject: Re: An Irish bouzouki
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:25 pm 
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That's a real beauty....love the walnut you selected.
Just watch out for leprechauns trying to steal it


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