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 Post subject: Baroque to Uke
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:16 pm 
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Location: Goodrich, MI
First name: Ken
Last Name: Nagy
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I have a cool set of plans for making baroque Voboam guitars. Lots of fancy stuff. Included was a plan for a tiny guitar in A, that I thought I could give some of the fancy stuff a little practice. I have enough pieces to do it, without buying anything; even strings. I cut my other baroque strings kinda short, and I need a new bridge, so I can use them.
The plans said for a 5 course at A 415 or a 4 course at 440. So, I'll make it like a Uke. The neck might not look quite so huge.
The little baroque is little though. 10.5" long so that's not too bad, but at 5/4.25/6" wide it's pretty narrow. It was designed for a low D though, so will the body deliver?
What is the difference in sound between a baroque guitar in A, and an 8 string Uke?
I figured out the tension using the bottom 4 courses of the strings I have, and I think it was about 80 pounds. That might work. The other way it might be more like 66/68?
Any suggestions?
It has a 440mm scale.

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 Post subject: Re: Baroque to Uke
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:53 am 
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First name: Chris
Last Name: Reed
City: Stowmarket
State: Suffolk
Zip/Postal Code: IP14 2EX
Country: UK
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Status: Amateur
For the sound, if you're on Facebook, check out my friend George who performs old, but filthy, songs on a baroque guitar tuned gCEA. https://www.facebook.com/RenaissanceUkeMan/


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 Post subject: Re: Baroque to Uke
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2021 11:19 am 
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No to Facebook. I did just find this, which sounds absolutely extraordinary! Not on a baroque, but the sound is incredible. He doesn't play bad either. Very nice.

The Voboams seem to work with a stiff, reflective back. Maybe that can bring out highs? I haven't decided on the size completely yet. I might scale down the big one directly to work out the patterns of the inlay the same way. It will be to begin to get a feel for the inlay, and make a build on the neck. I need to get a bridge pin reamer that my daughter bought for my birthday, and it came to her house the Monday after we came over. Then I can string up the little Stauffer guitar, and see if I got any sound out of it! Should be very much a live back. I altered the plans some. I'm like that.



https://youtu.be/CXf3TjfaaEw

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 Post subject: Re: Baroque to Uke
PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:05 pm 
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The guitar in A was never really a guitar. It was pulled from a DOUBLE guitar by Voboam in the late 1600's for the likes of someone like a 17th century Jimmy Page to pound out "Battle of Evermore" when people started to get bored with polyphony.

The plan has many possibilities for decoration, I'm leaning toward something like this one. The photos are terrible thumbnails. Sorry.

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