Bazouki or Bouzouki is an eight stringed musical instrument, the
body traditionally made from a gourd with a wooden top piece and
a long neck on it, similar to a lute. The Bazouki originated in
Turkey, but was developed in Greece before being adopted by Irish
Folk musicians which is when the body was started to be produced
with flat wooden backs. Originally the Bazouki had six strings,
but was adapted by Greek players to utilize eight strings tuned
C, F, A, D which is one tone above the top four strings of a guitar.
This tuning makes for ideal accompaniment to other instruments,
especially Guitars and Mandolas.
When the Bazouki was redesigned with a flat back, this made it
very similar to the Mandola, except that the length of the neck
on the Bazouki is longer, giving a greater range of notes and
a sharper sound as it also uses thinner strings. The flat-backed
Bazouki is usually a little shorter in scale than the traditional
Greek Bazouki and is tuned to G, D, A, E or G, D, A, D. Only flat
backed Bazoukis can be tuned this way, a traditional Greek round
backed Bazouki must be tuned to C, F, A, D. There has also been
a recent trend especially in folk-rock bands to tune the Bazouki
to an open chord tuning, this makes picking out melodies a lot
easier and can bring the Bazouki out from being an accompanying
instrument to a lead instument.
Custom Shop has been repairing and modifying Bazouki's for over
Below is a general price guide. If a repair is not listed, either
call or use the
e-mail to get a definite answer.
General Price Guide for Bazouki Repairs
Our set up includes fingerboard shaping and resurfacing. Hand
fitted and adjustment of tuning pegs.
Hand carving and adjustment of the bridge. Fitting and adjustment
of the sound post
Complete Setup Includes Re-String, Fret Buff,, Intonation and
Action Adjust, $35.00
Tuners Adjusted, Electronic pick ups Installed
Bridge Replaced $45.00
1. Truss Adjust Straighten
2. Action Adjustment
3. Intonation Adjustment - Acoustic/Electric Set String Length
4 .Compound Finish Compound, Buff & Polish Finish
Bazouki Bridge Work
Shave down bridge to allow correct string tension/angle
and correct action that is too high.
Re-Set Bridge Includes Sanding Under Bridge ( If Necessary )
Cracks Sealed .
Worn Pin Holes on Headstock
Stressed Necks Straighten
and humidity treatment.
Plane Fingerboard - Square Up Fingerboard
Complete Fret Job Level.
Run Tailpiece Ground On
Transducer Installation Saddle Type - Microphone (Mini flex) -
Sound hole w/ End pin Jack
Replace Tuning Machines, Fill Old Holes
Broken Peg Head reglued
Cracks/Separations at headstock
1. Measure height to set bridge for intonation and new bridge
2. String up with the gauge for final set up.
3. Shape and sand bridge to string height and move to intonation
4. String up, intonate and tune to pitch.
Get current market value
for resale and insurance purposes. Send a color jpeg or picture,copy
of receipt description of the instrument and any other information
needed for the appraisal. Include a $ 35.00 check or money order for
each instrument mad out to Chicago Music Productions. We keep a copy for our records when you need
a third partyverification. Finally we send a certificate of the appraisal to you.
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Chicago Guitar Shop
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