Minstrel strings tuned to full A
Minstrel strings tuned to E
Nylgut strings, double C tuning.
Nylgut strings, G tuning.
Nylgut strings, full C tuning.
Steel strings, tuned to double C.
Steel strings, tuned to full C.
Durofoam case included.
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Aged cherry with thin brass tone ring. The ring adds a little treble to the high and low end. It's still mellow, resonate and well balanced. Figure 8 head stock with walnut burl veneer over curly maple.
The pretty carvings are filled with songbirds to help you make up new songs and the chicken will judge your playing so try harder!
Segmented cherry rim with thick veneer around it. Rosewood fretboard, heel cap, rim cap.
Rosewood is also a dense, well wearing wood that polishes up nicely with no varnish required. It can always be sanded with fine grit and polished with fine steel wool. it's a great choice for the wearing edges!
Traditional dowel stick construction held tight with a tapered ebony key. Brass position markers on fretboard front and side.
Can be strung with steel, nylon or gut strings with two different nuts.
- One bone nut for steel strings.
- One ebony nut for nylon or gut strings as they require a higher action and wider slots to avoid buzzing.
- Two different bridges.
It's a good idea to keep a selection of bridges around to change action.
As for heads, I set them up with head tight for the best tone. The head shouldn't sag much than a 1/16 in the middle. But you should set it to your preference. It will change the tone very much.
- A properly tight head will have good pop and note clarity as well as volume,
- A loose head will dull the notes and lose volume.
- Do not over tighten as it will stretch the head and the tone will be unpleasant and difficult to manage.
Tighten the screws by a quarter turn all the way around and do as many times as necessary. Humid seasons will need tightening and dry seasons might need loosening. Its no harder than tuning the strings so don't be worried. The tone of a natural hide is far superior to a plastic head.
It plays as good as it looks, 25 1/2 scale length for easy reaches, 1 5/16 wide at nut, gentle V neck profile makes the neck very comfortable and all my necks have a special finish to make them feel smooth and buttery for easy sliding.
My homemade varnish is made of natural resins and looks/ feels much better than all modern varnishes.
Entirely handmade and lacking the sterile perfection of factory instruments, thank goodness!!!