BZ-500: Irish Bouzouki Mandolin with Case

$724.99

Hand

BZ-500 Specifications

Headstock

Buttons
Metal
Nut Width
1-11/32"Bone
Tuners
Sealed Guitar-Style

Neck

Fingerboard
Select Wood
Frets
23
Inlay
Snowflake
Material
Mahogany
Truss Rod
Two-Way Adjustable

Body

Back & Sides
Mahogany
Binding
Wood
Bridge
Ebony with Bone Intonated
Finish
Natural Gloss
Hardware
Nickel Plated
Tailpiece
Cast
Top
Solid Spruce

Dimensions

Scale Length
26-1/4"
Weight
4 lbs.

Other

Case
Included
String Guage
.016 .016 .018 .018 .035w .016 .045w .018
Tuning
GDAD

Highlights

Folkternative Design
Solid Spruce Top
Snowflake Inlay
Ebony Floating Bridge

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Product Description

The Irish bouzouki (or cittern) Is a versatile instrument that can be tuned many ways (GDAD, GDAE, ADAD, and CFAD). It likely first appeared in 1969 when Irish musician Dónal Lunny was given a Greek bouzouki by a friend. Being left-handed, Lunny reversed the strings and mounted them in unison, changing the character of the instrument. This modified bouzouki became fully integrated into Irish folk music when Lunny popularized it in his band, Planxty, in 1972. Our BZ-500 is set up with octave strings for the third and fourth courses and unison strings for the first and second courses. It produces dramatic traditional Irish tone and is easy to play thanks to the precision setup by Gold Tone's skilled luthiers. Includes hard shell case. Available as left-handed model.

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