10-String bouzouki (Cittern ?) by Davy Stuart, 2001.

This 10-string bouzouki (or do you want to call it a cittern anyway ?) was made for me by Davy Stuart, 2001.
It is basically the same as the ZX10 model you can see in his web site, except for the scale length which is normally 650mm, but only 635mm on mine.
The neck is mahogany, fairly slim, and has an adjustable (through the soundhole) trussrod. Width at the nut is 42mm.
The fretboard seems to be ebony, and has 2 MOP diamonds inlaid, at the 5th and 12th position. There are also white position dots in the side of the fretboard, at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th (double dot) and 15th position.


The instrument features a spruce top, with a fairly big, round soundhole which is trimmed with a herringbone inlay. The binding around the top (and back) is sycamore.
Right next to the soundhole is a fairly big, transparant pickguard.


The back and sides of the instrument are made of English Walnut. This wood, while not as hard and heavy as rosewood, is still quite dense and very tough. Like rosewood, it does have a very attractive patterning - only a lot lighter, sort of tobacco brown rather than chestnut brown. The sides even show some maple-like cross-structuring. The heel cap indeed is rosewood.


The instrument is fitted with nickel-plated Gotoh mini tuners, which, with 10 of them, adds up to a pretty heavy headstock. The headstock veneer is rosewood and there is a layer of lighter wood inbetween the veneer and the mahogany of the head itself.
The asymmetrical head end and the little cross-like MOP inlay are trademark features of Davy's instruments.


The bridge consists of a slotted wooden base (ebony), with a notched micarta (bone-like plastic) saddle. The saddle is cut back a fair bit for the A course, and this way the intonation, once the bridge is properly positioned, is quite acceptable on all courses.
The tail piece is made of nickle plated sheet brass, fairly thin (but pretty wide), and extends quite far towards the bridge - much further than I've seen on any other maker's instruments. This has the advantage that you won't have problems finding strings that are long enough (the instrument uses regular guitar strings), and also the lenght of string between bridge and tail piece is so short that it doesn't produce any annoying resonances.
Davy did engrave his name (Stuart) in the tail piece, just behind the string holes.


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