Fretting is in nickel silver and mother of
pearl position dots are on both the face and
the edge of the fingerboard. The peghead is
faced in Rosewood (or to match any other body
timber), and fitted with top quality 12:1 ratio
enclosed machines. The peghead also features
a decorative "horn" which finishes the top of
the bouzouki by curving over in a finial.
The tail piece is polished chrome and custom
made to accomodate both ball and hook end
strings. The bridge is Rosewood with a bone
saddle which is carefully modelled to compensate
for the peculiarities in tuning the bouzouki,
particularly the second course, so that the
instrument will play correctly and truly at all
positions on the fingerboard.
DECORATION & FINISH
Wherever appropriate, the bouzouki is edged
and lined with inlays and purflings of contrasting
woods, and around the face of the body a decorative
herring bone is inlaid at the edge. To protect the
face of the instrument, an optional, thin plastic
scratch plate is fitted and this too is decoratively
cut and shaped.
The Bouzouki is finished and protected with a hand
laid hard laquer which can be highly polished or
brought to a satin finish.
In recent years, many players have requested the
inclusion of a transducer within the bridge so that
the bouzouki may be amplified. This may be ordered
at extra cost and is a most effective way of boosting
the natural sound without distortion of any kind.
The transducer is a microstrip requiring no pre-amp,
and is installed under a free saddle. There are no
visible wires and connection is via a tail button/jack
CARE & SAFETY
It is strongly recommended that an instrument of
this calibre is fully protected when not in use or
in transit. The leading case maker Keith Calton is
commissioned to produce a fitted, tailor made case
in fibre glass. These cases are beautifully finshed,
immensely strong and attractive to look at. Inside
they are supportively padded and plushly lined with
a variety of colour combinations available.