Sunday, March 26, 2017

Guitar's time to shine

And the tuxedo guitar!

Motivated by questions (from good friends and followers of the blog), regarding the lack of guitar's  personal designs publiced in this blog , I created this post

Yes, it is true,  usually my inspiration consumes around the bowl back Greek traditional instruments.
But during the memories journey,  were times  when I had been greatly  inspired by the guitar shape , sound, and most importantly by the essential role of the guitar in a Rebetiko orchestra.
The interview with the talented musician Dimitri Mystakidi, was a catalyst towards this direction.

Six years ago, I have written a post regarding my perspective view on the Rebetiko guitar aesthetic role

"The rebetiko Guitar:
Always the second voice, always expected to be the proper one , without many ornaments and garlands, so as to not draw attention away from the protagonist, the bouzouki.

Designing my rebetiko guitars, I borrowed decoration elements from bouzouki, tampoura and laouto.

My rebetiko guitars, can now stare straight forward into the eyes, their competitor- the bouzouki."

Six years later my inspiration on the guitar shape and decoration, arises mostly from daily themes and different eras

I always try to give a very unique overall shape to the musical instruments I design, which will carry my personal signature

When I design a specific musical instrument , I avoid to look around the internet, constructions of the same instrument made by other luthiers. I am trying this way to keep my creativity clean from influences, getting inspiration from completely irreverent themes and objects

For example, the following guitar was designed and decorated having in my mind the theme of a tuxedo.This is the reason I named it " the tuxedo guitar"  
In two versions with and without a tailpiece. Carries 5 sound-holes. Decoration made by rosewood plywood, mother of pearl, and blue abalone.

Tuxedo Guitar All rights reserved SDimis (c) 2017

Tuxedo Guitar All rights reserved SDimis (c) 2017

The same shape of guitar inspired by the lutes during baroque era, or the abstract lines of the modern times, can give a completely different vibe as illustrations showcasing lower.

Romantic Guitar All rights reserved SDimis (c) 2017

Modern Guitar All rights reserved SDimis (c) 2017

Playing with decorative elements and materials from "The Art Book"  library, can customize even further the final composition.

The 5 sound-holes guitarobouzouko. All rights reserved SDimis (C) 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This was the authentic sound of the 1936

Melodies on the old tuning Mi-Si-Mi!

A demanding, risky, and time consuming conversion of a vintage mandolin (dating back from the late 19th to beginning of the 20th century), to mandolobouzouko/misobouzouko, finally reached its successful completion.

The luthier, Giannis Tsoulogiannis kept all original parts of the old mandolin, both wooden blocks inside the bowl, the original head-stock, tuning machines, the original neck by adding an extension, and of course the original soundboard, braces, tailpiece and bowl.

Since up to today, only few people have heard the original sound of such a conversion , the attempt to convert a vintage mandolin to miso-bouzouko, deserves great importance in the  historical research of the bouzouki ancestors' sound.
Enjoy the talented musician Giorgos Kokkoris playing an improvisation in Mi-Si-Mi tuning( the old tuning of the tzouras) and magically revising the time back to 1936 !

And here a sound sample with Re-La-Re tuning
Once again from the hands of the talented Giorgos Kokkoris 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Resonator bouzouki

Inspired by two good friends of the forum!

"Inspiration produced by bilateral electro-magnetic, cervical phrenic nerve stimulation in human."

The posts of two good friends/luthiers from the www.luthier.gr forum, (Manos Tourpalis and Panagiotis Kagiafas ), showcasing their beautiful resonator guitar constructions , meant to be the electro-magnetic nerve simulation for my brain for the last complete month.

Manos Tourpalis resonator guitar. All rights reserved by maker (c) 2017
Panagiotis Kagiafas resonator guitar. All rights reserved by maker (c) 2017

What if the resonator was introduced to a bouzouki construction  which carried a wider lower body form (as the laouto-bouzouka) ?
What if the resonator bouzouki carried a walnut ,rosette style, resonator cover-plate?

What sound this hybrid instrument would produce?

Was not long before I found myself designing a resonator-bouzouki prototype following my personal decorative elements.

The design has been saved in my digital files, waiting for the day that the cervical phrenic nerve stimulation will be produced once again asking me this time for the construction of such hybrid instrument.

Resonator bouzouki with wooden-rosette style cover-plate. All rights reserved (c) SDimis 2017

Resonator bouzouki with wooden-rosette style cover-plate. All rights reserved (c) SDimis 2017