14 string electric classical guitar tuned in minor thirds, by Bouwer

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  1. ixlramp

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    The owner writes it is used for playing lute music.
    Concave fretboard. Tuned roughly E1-E4.
     
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    If you tilt your head it looks kinda like a real tall Texas.
     
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    as a texan i approve of this guitar, even though i don't think i can play it, everything is apparently bigger in texas
     
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    Concave fretboard?! Why? I often wish my classical guitars had slightly convex boards instead of flat. :lol:
     
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    I'll take "Tesselation of the Thumb" for $500, Alex.
     
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    This is actual the first "way to many strings" guitar that I've seem that actually looks like a serious instrument.

    I kind of like it.... i think o_O
     
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    Un1corn I love ShirokaneRinko

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    But..does it djent
     
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    Can it run Crysis ?
     
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    LordIronSpatula Indeed.

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    What the hell does that mean?! :lol:
     
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    Hahahahahahaha! :lol:

    @LordIronSpatula - it's a reference to the rather "alternative" descriptions of the Etherial concepts, which are very... erm... different in themselves.
     
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    xwmucradiox sweep.tap.sweep

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    Not to be a cliche ss.org critic but is that a huge crack running down the middle of the headstock?
     
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    No reply to that question: WHY concave fingerboard?? How do you barre?
    Is it even possible? Double jointed index finger?

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    Oh! we're talking about M C Escher! This is a guitar for folks with ten thumbs all opposing each other!
    very cool instrument...
     
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    xwmucradiox sweep.tap.sweep

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    The player probably never barres multiple strings and the concave board may help with maintaining a more direct vertical fretting position for any given string or position since the board is so wide. Look at the tips of your fingers if you hold them all spread out. The middle fingers are longer than the outer fingers. So if you have to bend them all to conform to a convex radius on a wide fretboard you'll never hit the lower strings without muting others and you'll also stress your hand much more by having to contract your finger muscles. A concave fretboard radius may be more ergonomic once you have this many strings.
     
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    Assuming this is going to be played in any traditional lute fashion, the point is never to go out of your way to fret the bass strings, which are tuned in predetermined bass notes to follow standard keys and are plucked in open position only. There is also a lot of barring going on a fair chunk of repertoire, so if it is indeed meant to be played like a lute in that sense, it is not an ergonomical way of doing so.
     
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    I think I understand the reasoning behind the concave fretboard. As Fred said, the bass strings are used open, and because lots of them a needed to cover enough pitches (like a harp), the picking hand has a lot of width to cover. This is gone over in a recent theorbo video by Rob Scallon - the span is an entire open hand width with less strings than this.
    So placing the strings on a curved surface as if the hand is inside a sphere of strings, reduces the reach slightly and makes it easier to pluck all the strings - the distance is less, and the thumb doesn't have to stretch to reach the flat plane.
    Obviously it does not make sense for the fretting hand, but I expect the concave curve is subtle enough to not cause a problem on the upper 6-8 strings which would be fretted.
     
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