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    Default My Paddy Burgin bouzouki

    I am posting a picture of my Paddy Burgin bouzouki made in New Zealand. It has a 23.5" (596 mm) scale length. The top is made of spruce with the back and sides made of blackwood. I will post picture of what is looks like closer up. The headstock has a nice shape to it.

    It has an interesting woody tone with good intonation up the neck. Actually I really enjoy playing it right up the neck. The neck has a nice profile and feel to it.

    I love playing balkan pieces on it. It also sounds nice playing chords on it.

    Any comments on it are welcome.

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    Default Re: My Paddy Burgin bouzouki

    Here are some extra photos to show it in more detail:

    slight induced arch on the soundboard
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    the front
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    the headstock
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    the back made of Australian blackwood
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    Default Re: My Paddy Burgin bouzouki

    If it sounds half as good as it looks, you've a cracker there.

    Paddy's work has always been interesting.

    Best of luck with it.

    Paul

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    Default Re: My Paddy Burgin bouzouki

    While it does not sound anything like a Sobell, it has a really characteristic bouzouki sound, with an interesting timbre produced by the blackwood back and sides. I really like the shape of the bridge. It is a bit quirky.

    Paddy is a really nice guy to deal with. He has a great sense of humour. See the blog relating to the making of another bouzouki like mine.

    http://wharfinexile.proboards.com/in...lay&thread=781

    He also makes a 'Shanghai' version of the bouzouki. Refer to his web site: http://burginguitars.co.nz/instruments/cut-away/

    He is also well known for his Weissenborn guitars.

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    Very nice! That one looks as though it will get you through any seisiun.

    The blackwood is quite nice looking. It looks, to me, like walnut. Can you draw a comparison? Does it sound more like rosewood, or walnut? Maybe mahogany?

    Regardless, nice instrument ya' got there!

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    [QUOTE=Gerry Cassidy;1038962]Very nice! That one looks as though it will get you through any seisiun.

    The blackwood is quite nice looking. It looks, to me, like walnut. Can you draw a comparison? Does it sound more like rosewood, or walnut? Maybe mahogany?

    I would say that it would tend towards a walnut sound. Yes, I suppose it has a clear nutty sound. I have a mahogany back and sides octave mandolin. It has a very different tonality to this one - the scale on the octave mandolin is 1" shorter than this one.

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    Default Re: My Paddy Burgin bouzouki

    I would love to hear a little sound clip or even better, a video. I really like the look of that instrument, especially the lovely carved top.

    Bill

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    Default Re: My Paddy Burgin bouzouki

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill S View Post
    I would love to hear a little sound clip or even better, a video. I really like the look of that instrument, especially the lovely carved top.

    Bill
    Hi Bill,

    Ok, I will do a video - I have been meaning to do a video of it for sometime

    As it is the Easter weekend, I have time to record a tune or two.

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    Default Re: My Paddy Burgin bouzouki

    i was looking at his web page as well. very nice work but i have never heard one. i was thinking of a short scale cittern.he used a lot of southern woods. which can be nice. i bought a handmade local guitar with lacewood back and sides, from australia(the wood not the guitar). i had never heard lacewood before but it's beautiful, sort of half way between rosewood and mahagony. australian black wood ought ot be interesting.

    let's hear a sound clp

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